ROWAN BLANCHARD: A Rising Star Wise Beyond Her Years
Being cast as the lead role in the Disney Channel series Girl Meets World requires some big shoes to fill, as this show is the spin-off from the popular ‘90s show Boy Meets World. But if there’s anyone that can fill those shoes, it’s Rowan Blanchard. Rowan plays Riley Matthews, the daughter of the original characters Cory and Topanga, and the show follows her and her best friend, Maya Hart (played by Rowan’s real life BFF Sabrina Carpenter), as they navigate the challenges of life in 7th grade.
BYOU Magazine was excited to feature Rowan Blanchard as our “Positive Friendships” cover star! Here’s an excerpt from her EXCLUSIVE interview with BYOU Magazine when we asked Rowan: What is a “positive friendship”?
ROWAN: Knowing how to make each other laugh when you’re down, along with not gossiping about other girls. A positive friendship is one where you don’t have to talk about other people to feel better about yourselves. In a best friend relationship, you can keep each other grounded in that way and set a reputation for other girls; you wouldn’t want other girls gossiping about you so don’t gossip about them. In a friendship, you have to encourage each other to love yourself. That’s something my friends do [for me] and something I encourage all of my friends to do [for themselves]. Loving yourself first and foremost is the most important thing to a healthy friendship.
Some girls find that hard to do because they struggle with insecurity. Any tips on how to be more confident?
ROWAN: Sometimes I’ll hear my friends call themselves “ugly” or something negative, and it’s so important (especially as girls because we’re all drama and everything) to know that you are strong. You have to make that conscious decision to not beat yourself up. It takes willpower; if you want other people to tell you you’re great, then you have to do that same for yourself. Some people are taught at a younger age not to brag or boast, not to show too much confidence. But it’s okay to look in the mirror and tell yourself you look great. You have to make the decision to say “I look great today” knowing that it will reflect what other people think of you. Other people will feel how you feel about yourself; they can read your confidence, and it’s your confidence that makes you so special. I’ve learned to value my opinion most. YOU have to value your opinion most, too. I love the quote: What other people think of me is none of my business. As long as you think good of yourself, others will think good of you and will gravitate towards your confidence.
ROWAN: There was a time when I wasn’t so confident. My eyebrows were really thick and I felt like I wouldn’t blend in with rest of crowd. I thought it was really important to be popular, so I would go get the new shirt or talk bad about people because I thought that would make me popular. But if I talked about someone in my class, I’d go home having a pit in my stomach. I learned from that and realized that you’re no better than the rest of them when you speak to their level. You don’t need to lie your way to be the top kid at school. The number one way to be popular is to be nice to people. Instead of talking bad about new girl in school or the girl with glasses, just be nice and find the good in things. By being nice people will want to be around you.
Is acting your primary focus?
ROWAN: School is always the #1 priority for me. I want to go to an Ivy League school when I’m older so I take my studies very seriously. I want to be an actress (on Broadway) and I want to become a writer. I want to do it all…and I think I can! That’s why it’s important to me that I’m on a show that has good material that I can learn from their writing. I feel like there are a lot of shows that don’t have great material and Girl Meets World is a show that you can really learn from. We go through lots of friendship and family lessons, and I’ve heard we are even taking it up a notch in Season 2. We want to teach kids lessons that they see happening in real life and I think that we’ve accomplished that so far and will further accomplish that. That’s how Boy Meet World was, so we are carrying on that legacy.
More on Rowan!
Rowan and Feminism
As Rowan gets older, she’s becoming a girl wise beyond her years. Rowan recently discussed her views on feminism; she made this bold statement about feminism, race, and inclusiveness: “I have made a very big point at making sure my personal feminism includes everyone – and educating myself and discussing these topics have really helped.” Wow! Sounds like Rowan and Malala Yousafzai would have a lot to talk about! CLICK HERE to read all about Rowan’s feminism statement!
Rowan & Sabrina talk BFFs
Watch the video and see what Rowan Blanchard & Sabrina Carpenter have to say about their on-and-off screen BFF friendship in this blog post: Rowan Blanchard and Sabrina Carpenter Chat with BYOU Magazine
Rowan Gets Silly with B-Silly Ella!
Check out our Rowan Blanchard B-SILLY video too and see what funny accent she can do!
ROWAN TALKS HALLOWEEN:
It’s one of my favorite holidays! I don’t know how kids are too cool to trick-or-treat; I’ll do it forever! I have the best costumes too; here’s some of my costumes I’ve had over the years:
- 2nd Grade: Elvis
- 3rd Grade: Lucille Ball
- 4th Grade: Mary Poppins
- 5th Grade: Audrey Hepburn
- 6th Grade: Wednesday Addams (from The Addams Family)
- 7th Grade: Our entire cast of Girl Meets World went as the Scooby Doo gang; I was Daphne!
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Photo Credits: Photos by Cindy Quick – CindyQuickPhotography.com; Hair by Laurie Heaps – @laurieheapshair; Makeup by Kathleen Karridene; Wardrobe styling by Audrey Brianne – @AudreyBrianne