For rider strongGoing on a cruise with fans in the 90s was no less than a “nightmare”.
During the Sunday, November 19 episode of the “Pod Meets World” podcast, Strong, 43, talked about the two shows he did with Sell the Stars. The actor who played Shawn Hunter boy meets world From 1993 to 2000, he shared how he and his family were able to go on an “all expenses paid” cruise in exchange for fans getting “access” to their favorite celebrities.
“The advantage for me and my family was that we got to go on the cruise for free. The problem is you’re stuck on a boat with no place to go and you’re working the whole time,” Strong explained to the cohosts. Danielle Fishel And Will Friedle, noting that there was no privacy outside their “small” cabins. “Everyone can walk up to you. And these people had paid thousands of dollars… so they felt they had the right to talk to you, get to know you, take photos with you, dance with you, go to your dinner table. Wherever you went you were a companion for these people. This was very disappointing and uncomfortable for me.
Strong said that while the first trip had him just waving at her on stage, the second trip included other celebrities, including Fishel, 42. tia And Tamera Mowry, jodie sweeten And jonathan taylor thomasThere was a large “production” that required them to do a “continuous” show which included dancing on stage “every night”.
“I am an actor, I think I should have agreed to it. But I really wasn’t,” he said, adding that the worst part of the journey was the “complete” lack of privacy. “I was just going through a lot. I was 15, I didn’t want to be famous.”
She recalled feeling jealous toward 42-year-old Taylor Thomas, who was “probably just as bad at dancing” but “seemed more confident and confident in how she could say no to these things.”
“Partly because I was a child or teen, it’s very hard for me to understand those boundaries and how to set those boundaries,” he adds.
While Strong said he had no interest in returning for another cruise after a less-than-stellar experience the first time, his mother eventually came to him with a pitch he couldn’t refuse.
“I really didn’t want to go back and I even told my parents about it,” he said. “Then my mother told me [Sail With the Stars was] Not only am I going to pay for my parents but also for my grandparents… and it was their lifelong dream to go on a cruise.”
Strong shared that he spent a lot of time in his room to avoid attending large events, which caused a lot of “guilt” to the Sail with the Stars organization. “It’s for charity, so I wasn’t doing my work for charity,” he explained, to which Friedel, 47, responded that doing things for charity “sucks” just to have people “come at you.” “And claiming that you are is not fulfilling your responsibilities. “It’s not right. It’s not good at all,” he said.
Meanwhile, Fishel said he had the “opposite” experience on cruise ships and called it “time to [her] life.”
“It was one of the greatest things that ever happened to me,” she said while reminiscing. “My whole family is there, I love my family, the food is delicious, it’s free-flowing, and there’s virgin pina colada everywhere you go.” Fishel said she was also accompanied by her on-and-off boyfriend Taylor Thomas and “future crush” Strong, whose avoidance of her left her confused.
“I always say, ‘Why is he so antisocial? I don’t know why he hides in his room, it’s so funny!'” she said.