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Matthew Lawrence

October 27, 1997

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Everyone knows the three famous Lawrence brothers, Matthew, Andy, and Joey, all of whom are actors. What's that like? According to Matthew, 17, it's great. "There's never any jealousy or competition between us," he stated. "And we just love it when we get to work together. When we got to play brothers in the television comedy Brotherly Love, we definitely had chemistry together, because we're brothers in real life. That was my favorite role. Besides that, we all go visit each other on TV and movie sets, and often we help each other rehearse."

Not that Lawrence seems to need much rehearsing - he's been acting since he was only three years old, when he debuted as Heather Locklear's son on the series Dynasty. "I don't remember much about Dynasty because I was so young," he said. "But I know I was inspired to start acting because Andy was already an actor."

Currently, Lawrence plays Rider Strong's brother on ABC's Boy Meets World, and was on the set when we talked. "We've just finished filming our Halloween episode," he revealed. "And right now we're just working on a normal episode about life in college."

Recently, Lawrence finished a TV movie called Angels in the Endzone, scheduled to air November 9th (1997), 7:00 P.M. Eastern time on ABC. "It's a different kind of role for me to play," he mused." My character, Jesse Harper, is a high school football player who is really inspired by his dad. When his dad dies, he is so upset that he quits the football team. Then, angels show up to help, and only Jesse's younger brother Kevin can see them."

An avid football player in real life, Lawrence's favorite scenes in the film were the ones shot on the football field.

Frequently gracing the covers of teen magazines, Lawrence receives tons of fan mail from female fans. "Most of the letters are really sweet; girls send me teddy bears and stuffed toys," Lawrence said, sounding embarrassed. "I wish I had time to answer all the fan mail myself but I really appreciate it."

And no, Lawrence does not have a girlfriend. "It's hard to date with my schedule," he admitted. "Also, it's hard knowing if a girl really likes me for who I am, or if she just wants to date me because I'm on TV."

He does play the boyfriend of Gaby Hoffman in his next project, an independent film called Harry Bird. "It's a coming of age story that takes place at a girls' boarding school," he outlined. "Even though I don't have a big role in it, I enjoyed filming it, and it's an interesting story."

Lawrence's future plans include acting, although he also plans to attend college. "I realize that it's important to have an education," he said wisely. "A lot of actors think they don't need to go to college because they already have a career, but that's a bad idea. Hollywood is fickle; your career can end pretty fast. If the acting jobs dry up, you have to have something to fall back on. In fact, that would be my advice to kids interested in acting - make sure you get an education too."

"However," he continued. "I plan to keep acting as long as I can, because I love acting."

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