Lengthy earlier than Adam Scott’s memorable work in Severance, for which he earned two Emmy nominations final 12 months, and earlier on Celebration Down and Parks and Recreation, he appeared on a number of episodes of the Nineteen Nineties TGIF sitcom Boy Meets World. Not that he remembers it fondly. In any respect.
Scott defined this on Monday’s episode of Pod Meets World, the rewatch podcast hosted by his former co-stars Danielle Fishel, Rider Robust and Will Friedle.
“It was my first time being on an actual set that is, like, constructed on a stage,” mentioned Scott, who performed Senior in an episode of the second season, which aired in 1994, after which Griff on three extra episodes that aired in 1994 and 1995. “Once I got here again later, it was the identical factor, the place I simply could not imagine how good all the things was, and the air was this good, like, crisp, cool temperature on a regular basis, and there was meals in every single place. Everybody was so good. And so I simply, you understand, had no thought how I used to be imagined to behave … It was a very alien atmosphere. I used to be simply so nervous and freaked out your entire time however, on the identical time, thought, ‘Wow, that is actually, like, excessive livin.’ … I bear in mind a whole lot of it actually vividly as a result of it was such a brand-new atmosphere.”
Scott had beforehand appeared in a 1992 REM music video and on the short-lived 1994 collection Lifeless at 21, however nothing as huge as Boy Meets World.
He was in his early 20s, and most of his co-stars have been youngsters. Nonetheless, Scott acknowledged that he had been too nervous to method them and say hi there.
“Do you guys even bear in mind me being round?” Scott requested, explaining that he had two completely different “awkward interactions” on the present that confirmed he simply “had no thought find out how to behave” again then.
“Actually, this has been tugging at me for 29 years,” Scott mentioned of the primary. He recalled being backstage, with co-stars Ethan Suplee and Blake Soper, whereas they watched the ultimate scene of the second season being filmed.
“The scene ends … everybody simply erupts and begins cheering. Blake and Ethan excessive 5 and hug, they arrive as much as me and excessive 5 and simply cheering,” Scott mentioned. “Then Blake and Ethan go as much as you, Rider, they usually provide you with a excessive 5 and hug you and, after they try this, I am like, ‘Hey, congratulations, buddy,’ and I provide you with a excessive 5, and I’m going in and hug you. And as I try this, you push me off and also you give me this appear like, ‘Wait a second, who the f*** are you?’ and then you definately ran away.”
The story was a crowd-pleaser. Robust mentioned he did not bear in mind the encounter, and it did not sound like him, as a result of he is usually a hugger.
“To some extent, which means it wasn’t a traumatic expertise for you,” Scott cracked. “However I bear in mind simply being like, ‘Oh, no, no, no, no! I am sorry! What simply occurred? No, no no.'”
Trying again, Scott mentioned, he might perceive the then-15-year-old’s response to a stranger. Nevertheless, Fishel disagreed, declaring that Scott had appeared on the present a number of occasions by then, so he wasn’t a stranger.
“I, once more, had no thought what I used to be imagined to do,” Scott mentioned. “It appeared like we have been all imagined to be joyous and hug one another however, oh god, it was horrifying.”
Due to this incident, Scott was stunned to listen to the present needed him again for a Season 3 episode.
He additionally remembers that, across the identical time, he would peruse the web for any point out of himself. One in every of his discoveries was a publish on message board by somebody claiming that they knew Topanga (Fishel) and that, in accordance with her, nobody appreciated Scott.
Fishel assured Scott that that had not come from her.
“For one factor, that simply wasn’t true. No one did not such as you, that was not the state of affairs,” she mentioned. “The second motive was as a result of I did not speak about Boy Meets World in school. If somebody requested me a query I might, however it wasn’t tremendous cool to be gone from faculty on a regular basis. And I used to be at a brand new faculty, I might have been in like seventh grade at the moment.”
Scott wasn’t stunned that Boy Meets World stopped calling after his fourth look, though the present continued for one more four-plus years.
“As a self-hating actor,” Scott mentioned, “I simply figured, ‘Oh they lastly discovered that I can not do that, and I am horrible,’ and simply by no means requested any questions.”
Later within the decade, Scott had a recurring position in one other teen present, the drama Celebration of 5. His breakout position would not come alongside till the 2008 Will Ferrell film Step Brothers.