She Volunteers Hours Every Day

[CDAN] Back in the day this actress was not A list, but she was the lead actress on a very popular network show designed for a younger audience. Really popular. She was young at the time and probably thought she would be on television forever. A big crush for a lot of people. Now, she does not do much, but looks for roles here and there. She is still young with lots of time and makes a living doing promotional appearances. One thing she also does is spend several hours each day at a community center where she tutors children, organizes activities and field trips and lots of other things and has been doing this for almost ten years. Back when she started her show was just ending and everyone thought she was doing it for publicity. 10 years later and they know she is there for the long haul. Oh, and she does it all for free.

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102 comments to She Volunteers Hours Every Day

  • busterbrown

    Candace Cameron Bure

  • Lemonylimes

    Hilary Duff comes to mind

  • WeRTheSquirrels

    FH went off the air 16 years ago, so I think she’s out.

  • Jennifer

    Lizzie McGuire wasn’t a network show (it was a Disney Channel show) and I wouldn’t say Hilary makes her living doing promotional appearances since she’s got the YA author thing going now. But she has always good about doing charity work and supporting charities, as far as I know.

  • Ralphie

    Danielle Fishel, Topanga on Boy Meets World?

  • Lemonylimes

    The other one I thought of is Melissa Joan Hart from Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
    I know that I loved that show every TGIF :) but I don’t know what she’s been up to these days.

  • WeRTheSquirrels


    • Jennifer

      Thought it might be her until they got to the “making a living doing promotional appearances” part. That’s the antithesis of SMG, who’s pretty under the radar unless she has a project to promote. Also, I’d think the blind would mention that the actress has a new show about to debut if it was SMG.

      I’ve heard some diva-tude stories about her so it sounds like she might not be nice enough for all this charity work? (Which kills me because I *love* BTVS.)

    • ferrd69

      okay: pull my gossip card.

      but who’s SMG?

      • jenniell

        Sarah Michelle Gellar

      • Lozza2

        No way is it Sarah Michelle Gellar. She’s not nice.

      • CheshireKitty

        I don’t know; during the fires a few years ago she was out there right away helping her neighbours with blankets and food. She could have just booked it to a 5-star hotel with Freddie. I think any accounts of divatude are misinterpreted anxiety/aloofness… I’ve heard a mix. Her lack of promo when unnecessary suggests a private or even socially anxious person.

  • Mmmmyeahyouwantme

    Sarah Michelle Gellar on Buffy The Vampire Slayer…?

  • tonyc1

    Danielle Fishel? I don’t know. She was a Nutrition-System spokesperson. That’s the best I can think of.

  • cocobeannns

    Katie Holmes? Played Joey Potter on Dawson’s Creek. Really doesn’t do a whole of acting anymore.

    • WeRTheSquirrels

      Did you ever see Dawson’s Creek? She didn’t do much THEN!

    • luvprue1

      Katie Holmes still act,and have done 2 movie in the pass year. She has a new movie out right now, call”Don’t be afraid of the dark”. Plus she is married to Tom Cruise.

      • cocobeannns

        Two movies in the past year, but not much before that. She doesn’t do alot of acting compared to other actors. And really, who doesn’t know she’s married to Cruise? Her being married to him is yet another reason why she doesn’t need the work, but would choose to volunteer herself to other projects.

  • winona

    I’m not sure about the age range, because she was born in 75, but Danica McKellar from The Wonder Years has been doing education advocacy for years. She’s my guess, if her age doesn’t disqualify…then again, she wasn’t the lead either. Ok, I’m at a loss, consider her out.

  • CurlEgirl

    Soliel Moon Frye?

  • Noisht

    well…the show sounds a lot like “Popular,” so I am going to go with Leslie Bibb.

    • mrsjaymack

      That’s what I was thinking but can’t remember anyone from that show other than Leslie and Tammy. Leslie had been in a few movies the past few years; don’t think it’s her.

  • seventeen

    I would have said Renee O’Connor from Xena, but the age does not fit I guess…

  • calimama

    Hi! First time posting . Amanda Bynes jumps to mind. She was so awesome on the Amanda Show

  • americanidiot

    I’m going to suggest Christy Carlson Romano for this. Even Stevens ended its run around 2003; shooting perhaps ended in 2002 (9 years) so if the BG subject had just started volunteering, it would be around 10 years or so. She does roles here and there. She’s 26 or 27, which certainly qualifies as “still young.” Except maybe in LaLaLand.

  • CurlEgirl


  • Scorpio13

    Justine Bateman comes to mind but Family Matters went off the air in 1989. Kristy McNichol
    was another one but Family went off the air in 1980. What shows went off in 2000?

    • CurlEgirl

      Wasn’t it Family Ties? I like that guess…but she wasn’t the “lead”.

    • saucykitty

      Oh, darlings. Family Ties had Michael J. Fox along with Meredith Baxter-Birney and was about a white middle-class family in the early 80s.

      Family Matters had Jaleel White as Urkel and was about an African-American middle-class family in the 90s.

      I feel old.

  • NomiMalone

    Alicia Silverstone. Show: Clueless…”really popular”…”designed for a young audience”. “A big CRUSH for a lot of people”: she was in the movie “The Crush” in 1993

    • NomiMalone

      I just remembered she didn’t do the show Clueless, just the movie, so it’s probably not her then. I don’t know what television she has done

  • malkatz

    Aniston? She wasn’t A list then, maybe, but is now.

  • malkatz

    Maybe one of the Olsen twins… Hilary Duff is a good guess, too.

    What about Kelly Kapowski?

  • luckysiu

    I think it’s Kellie Shanygne Williams otherwise known as Laura Winslow from Family Matters.

  • shelaur22

    Someone from Beverly Hills, 90210? Maybe Jennie Garth?

    • emeraldeil

      My first thought. But how young is young? She’s human young, but not Hollywood young.

      • redstilettos

        Jennie Garth or Candace Bure popped in my head, but BH 90210 was an ensemble so I wouldn’t know if that qualifies her for a ‘lead’ and CB wasn’t the lead on FH.

  • CurlEgirl

    I’m hung up on the “Lead Acress” to imply she WAS the show.

    Like Punky Brewster or Blossom.

  • shelaur22

    Or maybe Tiffany Amber Thiessen from Saved By The Bell.

  • ImThinking

    Peta Wilson

  • floridahoya

    Lacey Chabert?

  • dexterfan

    “Back when she started her show was just ending and …” The way I read that, it implies that the actress wasn’t on the show from the beginning. So that counts out most of the people mentioned above.

    • cocobeannns

      I think that means, back when she started volunteering her show was just ending…

    • lindseyann

      Proper punctuation could help us out.

      “Back when she started, her show was just ending and…” = Meaning she started her volunteer work when the show was ending.

      “Back when she started her show was just ending and …” = Meaning her show was ending when she joined it.

  • laine01

    Larisa Oleynik?

    She was on the last 2 seasons of Third Rock from the Sun. Before that she was the lead in Secret World of Alex Mac and was one of the leads in 10 Things I Hate About You. I haven’t seen her in much since. Not sure…

  • UncleEntity

    Keri Russell of Felicity.

  • dee123

    Shiri Appleby from Roswell?

  • CoCoJo

    Sounds like she missed her calling.

  • wigglepuppy

    New Poster Here!

    I was thinking Melissa Joan Heart when I read this but I think I may have a few others in mind too.

    I was also thinking Staci Keanan from step by step. She has not done much lately and she was the head kid.

    I also thought Kristi Carlson Romano. She was the Voice of Kim Possible and that aired on ABC’s Saturday Morning line up.

    And for fun, Lani Billard from Ready or Not! Just because!

  • juliya

    Leslie Bibb. She was in the show “Popular”. She also helps raise money for non-profit organizations.

  • malkatz

    I just realized who the girl in the picture reminds me of… Danica from the Wonder Years. This blind could definitely be her, too. Thoughts?

  • tkw1955

    I agree that the show is “Popular”. The actress is Leslie Bibb.

  • yinyang

    The clue about being a crush for most is throwing me off! Can’t see most of these choices as crushes? It has to be a girl who was attractive& boys liked! That rules out most esp melissa j hart, really? Not seeing it!

  • yinyang

    What about Jessica Biel on 7th heaven? Total random guess!

  • jokerjim65

    Whom ever it is, big congrats to you! Volunteers are needed at every level, nice to see someone so long and successful doing something out of the goodness of her heart.

  • Evil Gracie Taylor

    Shows that ended in 1999: The Nanny, Sister Sister, Home Improvement

    Shows with young-ish casts that ended in 2000: Party of 5, Boy Meets World, Beverly Hills 90210.

    2001: Moesha, 3rd Rock From the Sun

    2002: Undeclared, Roswell, Felicity.

    My guess is the friend from Felicity, don’t know her name, but she was the Pink Power Ranger! Since Felicity I don’t think she’s done anything right? Seems like the nice enough type to do something like this.

  • VeronicaMarsBars

    Amy Jo Johnson aka the Pink Power Ranger friend from Felicity is now on Flashpoint.
    I thought Larisa Oleynik was a great guess though. Haven’t seen her on tv or film in ages and she’s definitely still in her 20s, so young enough to have 10 years of volunteer work under her belt.

    • VeronicaMarsBars

      Ah nevermind, Larisa Oleynik has some more recent tv credits to her name. An episode of Mad Men and Hawaii Five-0, *cringe*.

  • NoTaTroutPout

    Sara Rue?

  • BangTidy

    I’m thinking it is Charisma Carpenter. If you check her web-site she has 3 convention appearances lined up in the next couple months.

  • Ghostgirl

    I’m a little older, but I was thinking maybe it was Alyssa Milano? She used to be really big when I was younger in “Who’s The Boss” :)

  • Anaishilator

    charisma carpenter went on to do Angel, which ran til like 2005

  • Anaishilator

    Ok, upon reading the BI again, Im leaning towards interpreting the last line to mean that 10 years ago, when the actress first started volunteering, her show was ending. So again, a network show geared towards a young audience where she was very popular and a teen crush and a show that ended its run ten years ago. And probably a girl not yet 30.

    I have no clue.