Danielle Fishel dishes on hosting, fashion, & more

THE STAR SCOOP:
You’ve been doing The Dish for a while. Is it living up to your expectations for what you thought it would be when you started?

DANIELLE FISHEL:
Yeah, it has, actually. When I first started, I was a little nervous to be doing it, because it was something so different from what I had normally been doing. I had been a huge fan of The Soup…from years and years ago, back when it was Talk Soup. I fell in love with Joel [McHale] watching the show. So when I got the opportunity to audition for The Dish, I already kind of knew what the format for the show was going to be.

The last year of our show has been living up to and exceeding a lot of our expectations. The first year we had some kinks. It was still a fun, really funny show. We’ve just really been reaching for the brass rings lately and taking it above and beyond what the normal format is, trying to make the best show we can.

THE STAR SCOOP:
People draw the comparisons to The Soup and talk about it as a parallel to The Soup but with a fashion twist. With those comparisons, do you constantly feel the weight of that pressure?

DANIELLE FISHEL:
Yeah. I do feel a little bit of pressure with it, and at the same time, I think, if you’re a fan of The Soup, you’ll definitely be a fan of The Dish. It’s not like you have to be somebody who is always into fashion in order to love it.

It really is the same format, and I’m certainly no Joel. I haven’t been doing it for years and years. We’ve only been doing the show for a little over two [years]. The Soup has been going for five, if not six years now. I feel a little bit of pressure just because I think Joel is so great at what he does.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Have you gotten a sense of what the fan reaction from your personal fan base has been?

DANIELLE FISHEL:
I have gotten a little bit of a taste of that. I just recently responded to a whole bunch of fan letters. Some of the things that people were writing is that they were really impressed, that they had no idea that I was capable of doing this type of show. That makes it really fun for me.

THE STAR SCOOP:
You do a lot on the show with fashion and celebrity fashion, but the core audience isn’t celebrities. What’s a good way for someone to get the celeb look?

DANIELLE FISHEL:
The great thing about so many of the stores that are out right now is they do follow celebrity fashion and they make things that are reasonably priced for people to wear every day.

As long as you have an idea of what your body type is and what looks good on you, you can probably find an equivalent outfit to a celebrity’s outfit for less than $100, depending on where you’re shopping.

You do just have to be a savvy shopper. And you have to know your body if you want it to really look well. Somebody who is built like Paris Hilton probably isn’t going to look good in the curvy fashions of Kim Kardashian. Pick a celebrity that you kind of think you resemble, and go after the things that they wear.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Do you have a favorite celebrity trend right now?

DANIELLE FISHEL:
I’m really into the over-the-knee boot. I love over-the-knee boots, and I love boots in general. I like heeled boots and flat boots. I’ve been wearing boots a lot. I’m also really excited that tights and patterned tights have come back. I recently bought a really nice pair of wool, heavier shorts that I plan on wearing with knee boots and tights.

THE STAR SCOOP:
If we remember, you’re fairly short. So: with the winter season, people want to wear boots. If there’s snow and ice, and you wear boots with heels to give you height, it’s kind of a recipe for disaster. What’s a good style idea for people who aren’t wanting to wear heels all the time?

DANIELLE FISHEL:
I am the same way. I can’t wear heels anymore. I used to wear heels every single day, no matter what was on the agenda for the day, just because I was a little insecure about only being 5’1. Now that I’m older and I’m a full time school student and I work, heels are just not practical to be running around the city in.

I try to lengthen the part of my body that’s the shortest and show off the part of my body that’s the longest. For me, the part of my body that is definitely are my legs. I have an extremely short waist, which is annoying sometimes. A lot of dresses don’t fit…a lot of coats. I can’t wear a trench coat. I just look like boobs and hips.

If I’m going to wear flat boots, my legs don’t look short, although they might look a little shorter than they would if I had heels on. To balance that out, I’ll make my waist appear longer by wearing a longer shirt with a jacket over it. That’s a little trick you can play with the eyes. I just try to elongate the short part and show off the long part.

THE STAR SCOOP:
We had seen some old interviews that you did when The Dish was starting. You mentioned you were working on a college degree. What’s going on with that?

DANIELLE FISHEL:
I’m still working on it, as a matter of fact. I am finishing up my last three units of my A.A. I was recently accepted to Cal State, Fullerton in Spring of 2011, so I am going to finish up this semester at my junior college. In spring, I’ll be at Cal State, Fullerton to complete my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. And then I get to go on and get my Master’s. But I can’t think that far ahead, because I’ll get very overwhelmed.

THE STAR SCOOP:
What was important about continuing with school?

DANIELLE FISHEL:
One, it was something that always kind of bothered me. It was on my bucket list to get a degree. Yet the older I got, the harder it seemed to go back and the more fearful I became of going back. I just made the decision that I was going to do this. I went through a year when I turned 26 years old where I decided I was not going to say “no” to anything that scared me.

The second, equally important reason for why I went back to school was that I really wanted a secure, solid plan B for my career. I’m very, very lucky that I’ve been able to have a long career in this industry. But it’s very finicky. Unfortunately, being an actor, you’re not the one in control of it. Other people have the upper hand with you. They decide if they’re going to cast you in something.

I kind of got tired of feeling like, if I did want to take a break from acting or take a step away from the entertainment industry, what is it that I would want to do that I would be qualified to do? And there really wasn’t much because I had spent my entire life in acting. I never wanted that feeling again of feeling like I’m at the mercy of other people to make my career happen.

So I decided to get a degree in Psychology. I’ve always wanted to help people, whether it be a teacher or a counselor. Ideally, I’m going to have my Master’s in marriage and family therapy, and I’ll be able to open up my own practice someday and maybe work with children of divorce and couples counseling.

THE STAR SCOOP:
About acting…

DANIELLE FISHEL:
Someday I definitely want to go back to the world of doing another sitcom and maybe playing a mom on a show or something like that, but I also hope to be able to continue to do The Dish. It’s a perfect blend of acting and hosting for me. I still get to do voices and characters and sketches, but I also get to be myself. It’s kind of a perfect place for me.

I would love to go back [to acting]. I talk about it all the time. I go in for some meetings and talk to some people about the possibility of what’s out there. I just want to make sure that the next acting job I do is something that holds up to as amazing as Boy Meets World was and as great as The Dish is.

THE STAR SCOOP:
It’s been 10 years since Boy Meets World ended. I think a lot of people are just wondering, when is the reunion going to happen of if there will be one?

DANIELLE FISHEL:
I don’t know! I think a majority of the cast would totally be open to it. I know for sure, I would be. I would love to do a reunion.

For the most part, we’re all still in touch. We text each other on our birthdays and try to get together for lunch when we can. We all live kind of far apart, but when we get together, we have a great time.

It has! It’s been 10 years since the show ended this year. I’m totally for it. I would just want to make sure that everybody was going to be involved and that everyone was just as excited about it. I don’t know who we need to call to make that happen, but yeah. If there was a Boy Meets World reunion, I would be there.

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