Long before Adam Scott’s memorable work Cut offfor which he earned two Emmy nominations last year and earlier Party down and Parks and Recreationappeared in several episodes of the 1990s sitcom TGIF Boy meets world. Not that he remembers it fondly. Not at all.
Scott explained this on Monday’s episode Pod Meets Worldthe rewatch podcast hosted by his former co-stars Danielle Fishel, Rider Strong and Will Friedle.
“It was my first time being on a real set that’s, like, built on a stage,” said Scott, who played Senior in a season two episode that aired in 1994, then Griff in three more episodes aired in 1994 and 1995. “When I came back later, it was the same thing, where I just couldn’t believe how perfect everything was, and the air was so perfect, like a crisp, cool temperature all the time, and there was food Everywhere. Everyone was so nice. And so I just, you know, I had no idea how I was supposed to behave… It was a completely alien environment. I was just so nervous and freaking out the whole time, but, at the same time, she thought, “Wow, this is really, like she’s living a long time.” … I remember a lot of it very vividly because it was such a brand new environment.”
Scott previously appeared in a 1992 REM music video and the short-lived 1994 series Dead at 21but nothing as big as Boy meets world.
He was in his 20s and most of his co-stars were teenagers. However, Scott admitted that he was too nervous to go up to them and say hello.
“Do you even remember me being around?” Scott asked, explaining that he had two different “awkward interactions” on the show that showed he just “had no idea how to act” back then.
“Literally, this has been pulling me in for 29 years,” Scott said of the former. He recalled being backstage with co-stars Ethan Suplee and Blake Soper as they watched the final scene of season two shoot.
“The scene ends … everyone breaks out and starts cheering. Blake and Ethan hug and come up to me and high five and just cheer,” Scott said. “Then Blake and Ethan walk up to you, Ryder, and high-five you and hug you, and after they do that, I’m like, ‘Hey, congratulations, man,’ and I give you a high-five. and I go in and hug you. And as I do that, you push me and give me that look, “Wait a minute, who are you?” and then you ran away.”
The story was a crowd pleaser. Strong said he didn’t remember the encounter and that he didn’t hear it, because it’s generally a hug.
“To some degree, that means it wasn’t a traumatic experience for you,” Scott said. “But I remember just saying, ‘Oh, no, no, no, no! I’m sorry! What just happened? No no no”.
Looking back, Scott said, he could understand the then-15-year-old’s reaction to a stranger. However, Fishel disagreed, pointing out that Scott had appeared on the show several times before, so he was no stranger.
“I still had no idea what to do,” Scott said. “It looked like we were all supposed to be happy and hug each other, but, oh my God, it was horrible.”
Because of this incident, Scott was surprised to hear that the show wanted him back for a Season 3 episode.
He also remembers, around the same time, scouring the internet for any mention of himself. One of his discoveries was a message board post from someone claiming to know Topanga (Fishel) and that according to her, no one liked Scott.
Fishel assured Scott that this did not come from her.
“First of all, that wasn’t true. Nobody liked you, that wasn’t the situation,” he said. “The second reason was because I didn’t speak up Boy meets world to school. If someone asked me a question I would do it, but it wasn’t very nice to leave school all the time. And I was in a new school, so I would have been in seventh grade at the time.”
Scott wasn’t surprised by this Boy meets world stopped calling after its fourth appearance, though the show continued for another four-plus years.
“As a self-hating actor,” Scott said, “I just realized, ‘They finally realize I can’t do this, and I’m terrible,’ and I just never asked any questions.”
Later in the decade, Scott had a recurring role on another teen drama, the drama Party of Five. His starring role would not appear until the 2008 Will Ferrell film Step brothers.