In tonight’s episode, “Girl Meets STEM”, Riley is upset when the boys at school — more specifically Farkle (Corey Fogelmanis) — won’t let her participate in a science experiment and attempts to become more involved.
In particular, the 14-year-old actress (who happens to be our role model) talks about kissing co-stars like Peyton Meyer.
“Of course it’s weird to film, because you’re kissing someone on screen,” Rowan told Teen.com. “That’s always a little weird, but I feel like when it first happened I was a little uncomfortable with it because I didn’t know how to differentiate the two, but now the entire cast and I are all so close that we could all kind of kiss each other and I don’t think it would matter (laughs). Honestly, we all trust each other and it’s a great relationship that we have, so it makes it feel like a much safer place.”
When it comes to her first-ever on-screen kiss, Rowan said, “Well, I was uncomfortable with it in the very beginning, because I didn’t know what to expect. Sabrina [Carpenter] had already kissed someone on screen and I hadn’t. It was kind of a weird thing for me because you’re doing in front of a bunch of writers and everything; it’s a strange setting. It’ll never normalize itself, but I think now I’m fine with it. When it was first initiated, I didn’t know what to expect from the whole situation overall. It was fine, though, because we’re all so close that I don’t think we would damage any relationships.”
When JJJ found out we were chatting with Rowan Blanchard, we decided no topic was off limits.
The 14-year-old Girl Meets World actress is one of today’s brightest and most eloquent stars, often shining light on topics otherwise avoided by young people who may be afraid to speak their minds.
Rowan shares her informed opinions with bravery and compassion, which not only inspires us, but makes us think more about our own views on things like feminism and racism.
One of the first questions we asked (don’t worry, we covered more light-hearted stuff like fashion and GMW too), was her thoughts on the current buzz phrase – “squads goals.”
“Of course female friendship is a beautiful thing. It’s insanely powerful,” Rowan told JJJ. “Sisterhood is something so valid and important when you are growing up that I literally think the essence of it should be taught in schools. But, the ‘squads’ we see in the media are very polarizing. Feminism and friendship are supposed to be inclusive, and most of these ‘squads’ are strictly exclusive.”
She continued, “It makes feminism look very one dimensional. Feminism is so multilayered and complex that it can be frustrating when the media and the celebrities involved in it make feminism and “squads” feel like this very happy, exclusive, perfect thing. There’s so much more than that. ‘Squad goals’ can polarize anyone who is not white, thin, tall and always happy. ”
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WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD – DO NOT CONTINUE, IF YOU HAVE NOT WATCHED THE RECENT EPISODE
Let’s talk about that new episode of Girl Meets World, shall we…the one where we were all loving and hating Farkle and then loving him even more after the episode was done.
We all know that Farkle gave Riley a deadline to reveal her true feelings — by midnight on New Year’s Eve (which we have to pause and ask why were they at school during Christmas break?) — and in a way she did…just not to Lucas.
Here’s what happened on the show:
Inspired by reading Sense & Sensibility in English class, Riley throws a New Years Ball for her and all her friends — which Charlie Gardner just happens to hear just as she’s announcing it to Maya and invites himself.
This is where Farkle’s deadline comes into play again — and he tells Riley if she doesn’t tell Lucas and Maya about her feelings, he will.
At the party, Farkle arrives with Smackle — wearing the best couple sweaters ever — and just after arriving, Lucas does. A cute little scene between Smackle and Lucas is probably the best part of the entire episode. It’s the other, non-existent love triangle.
The gang plays a couple’s game, chosen by Charlie, of course, and has Charlie and Lucas spatting back and forth over who knows Riley better. We’re not sure who wins here…other than Farkle and Smackle, because they’re Farkle and Smackle.
As midnight comes closer, Riley isn’t any closer to revealing her feelings to Maya or Lucas. But she is to Charlie and lets him down gently; telling him that while they make sense in her head, she needs something more than that.
Maya, who was left behind in the home and talked with Cory and Topanga about her own feelings, joins the party on the roof and chooses to be beside Lucas when midnight comes.
The clock winds down and Farkle, seeing Riley isn’t doing anything about her own feelings, makes good on his deadline — telling everyone at the party about Riley’s secret. The entire party leaves, and Farkle promises that he did it because he does care about her. This leaves Riley, Maya, and Lucas on a bench together. In silence.
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE GIRL MEETS WORLD EPISODE?
Watch a few clips from it below!
Girl Meets Word – Girl Meets The New Year – “Farkle’s Deadline”