When the series was canceled, Strong made his debut on film as Amy Irving's son in Benefit of the Doubt.It was not until he was chosen for the role of Shawn Hunter in the ABC series Boy Meets World that he received widespread recognition.Now, we have scripts; we just need to find somebody to give us some money to make a feature. We suck, so Shiloh and I decided to sort of run with that as a short film and, obviously, add some magic. He’s part of the industry; he’s successful in some areas so I’ll meet with him.” But once I meet with him and they know the show, I’m just a child actor trying to do something else. I’m not making anything that has anything to do with so it doesn’t lend credence or value to my projects. I think if most people just go through their high-school class, there are a lot of people who are depressed and get into drugs or screw up in any given group of people that you know at a young age. All of that self-hating geek insecurity was interesting to us. [It] gives more publicity to our film because I have so many Twitter followers, or whatever. As a child actor, what’s the fine line between being an Oscar-winning director like Ron Howard or turning to porn like Scotty Schwartz? The worst example is someone like Jonathan Brandis, somebody who was from my era and somebody that I knew. Predicting if where you are at in high school is going to somehow [determine] where you’re going to be at 30 is kind of pointless. And ABC was like, “We need twentysomethings on every show. They don’t realize—they were all in their 40s—they don’t realize that as a kid from the 80s, that is the only thing I would have known. He came to work one day and he said, “I just did an episode of They had a talking car and they brought me in.” We’re like, “You are the coolest person in the world.
"[I'm] incredibly lucky to be getting married to my best friend and partner-in-crime, Alexandra Barreto.
Rider Strong: I was never super-comfortable with it to be honest.
I'm not a shy person, but I'm not the guy who wants to get his picture taken and want to be front and center.
Last November, in a 25 Questions review for the animated film Tangled, I made a somewhat flippant name comparison between the film’s lead character, Flynn Rider, and the actor who played Shawn Hunter on —about a group of young adults who decide to relive their youth by playing a round of Dungeons & Dragons with what ends up being a way too invested dungeon master—which screened last month at the Tribeca Film Festival (and can be viewed online here).
With Strong in New York City for the competition, we thought it would only be appropriate to subject him to his own set of 25 Questions to answer. Years ago, people kept changing my height to five-foot-three.