‘Boy Meets World’ Star Trina McGee Said She Was Called Aunt Jemima On Set: I Couldn’t Shake The Hurt Of Some Words
Actress Trina McGee is widely known for her role as Angela Moore on the hit 90s sitcom, “Boy Meets World.” However, things weren’t as peachy as the premier TV teen drama led on. The only Black character on the show, Trina McGee, says she was often verbally attacked and ostracized for her race by castmates while on-set:
“I saw four white figures constantly moving, constantly getting invitations to conventions. So to me, that gave me the feeling that I’m kind of being iced out of something…[I couldn’t] shake the hurt of some words and situations that were said…I didn’t say it 20 years ago but I’m saying it now. And honestly, I said it way before I knew any of the world’s changes were about to happen.”
Trina, 50, says she was called Aunt Jemima by co-star Will Friedle, who played Eric Matthews.
“I don’t think that Will, at the time, really understood the depth of that…he’s not a Black woman. I didn’t have a hairdresser on the set of ‘Boy Meets World.’ All those little micro braids you see, I stayed up all night doing them right before I went on national television for myself…I feel like I’m always the one who had to squelch it and move on. ‘You could get sued. You could get fired. You could ruin this person’s career.’ What about me? What about all this stuff I’m taking and ingesting in me, and not really totally realizing how much it’s lowering my vibration, my self-esteem.”
She even encountered issues with her onscreen bestie, Topanga (played by actress Danielle Fishel) during the “Girl Meets World” spin-off. The women have since patched it up.
Trina McGee also said back in April that Will Friedle apologized for his comments more than two decades ago.
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