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‘Baby Daddy’s Derek Theler Talks the Danny, Ben and Riley Love Triangle


‘Baby Daddy’s Derek Theler Talks the Danny, Ben and Riley Love Triangle


If you’re a ‘Baby Daddy’ fan, then most likely you’re also a fan of Derek Theler, who plays the lovable professional hockey player with a six-pack and a big heart on the hit ABC Family comedy.

As Danny Wheeler, Theler is a comedian cracking jokes in front of a live studio audience. Funnily enough, that’s not what the 27-year-old actor thought he’d be doing with his life.

Before making it big on ‘Baby Daddy,’ or as Theler calls the show, “lightning in a baby bottle,” he was busy earning a degree in Pre-med and nutrition. After finishing his degree at Colorado State, Theler set off for the L.A. sunset, and bam, he scored the role of Danny, who fans are constantly rooting for.

Not only do viewers of the comedy love seeing Theler walk around shirtless during an episode, but fans tune in to see what will happen with Danny and his love life. The series focuses on the shipping of Danny and Riley (Chelsea Kane), in addition to the romance between Ben (Jean-Luc Bilodeau), Danny’s brother, and Riley. It’s a complicated love triangle that resonates throughout every episode.

So, the big question remains: why hasn’t Danny stepped up and told Riley his true feelings? As Theler told TVRage, during a Friday conference call, “That’s a hard question, because when you look at their history they’ve known each other for so long and they’ve been -- they still are -- best friends, since they were kids. I think it’s just one of those things where he’s scared to lose her in that way.

“He feels like if he really expresses his true feelings for her that their relationship as best friends isn’t going to be the same at all. He’s definitely waiting for the right moment to strike, and it’s hard, because it seems to never want to come.”

Riley isn’t the only one Danny hasn't confessed his feelings to, as he has yet to tell his brother, Ben, that they're both pining for the same girl. Now, that’s an awkward family conversation.

When it comes to telling his brother that he's in love with Riley, it’s another complicated situation for Danny. “Ben is the only one in the show that actually doesn’t have any idea about Danny’s feelings,” Theler also told TVRage. “He’s never heard anything that Danny has said about Riley. Even Riley is somewhat aware of Danny’s feelings at this point, due to one voicemail.”

Theler continued, “I think the main reason [Danny hasn’t told Ben] is because Ben and Riley are trying to figure out if they’re right for each other, and he’s his brother, you know? It would totally make it worse if Ben knew Danny had these feelings, and it would complicate things a lot. I think Danny’s pretty much trying to keep it a secret for those reasons. He doesn’t want to lose his relationship with his best friend and his brother.”

Fans will have to wait and see what happens with the Danny, Ben and Riley love triangle, but until then, be sure to keep watching ‘Baby Daddy’ every Wednesday at 8:30/7:30c on ABC Family.

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Written by: akoerner
Feb 8th, 2014, 12:33 am

Images courtesy of ABC Family, Andrew Eccles, Bruce Birmelin


Message Posted On Aug 13th, 2014, 4:55 am
Danny and Riley would be perfect for each other. They have great chemestry and Danny is an amazing guy. Anyway Ben tends to be a jerk to Riley. When they were younger Danny looked past the physical and loved her for her personality. I truley wonder if Ben would like her if she haddn't lost weight. I honestly don't understand why she liked him at all considering he was such a jerk to her when they were younger and still form time to time takes advantage of her.

Message Posted On Aug 12th, 2014, 11:47 pm
Danny and Riley all the way!!! Ben didn't even notice how beautiful Riley was when she was fat he ruined birthdays for her for crying out loud. Danny is Riley's soul mate and they were meant to be from the very beginning. Ben is just there for the advantage of human needs, but Riley hasn't noticed it. And I think that once Danny can confess his true feelings to Riley that she will notice how great of a guy he really is and that they were meant to be.

Message Posted On May 11th, 2014, 3:20 pm
I don't know if you realize the ones talking that Ben has just notice Riley so it makes Danny the better choice Riley has never noticed Danny in that way plus Danny is just a moron Why is everyone so focused on Danny and his feeling when there is more to consider for the story of the show

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Message Posted On Feb 12th, 2014, 3:33 am

Danny and Riley!  Danny and Riley!

Danny and Riley!

Danny has loved Riley forever.  Ben has just discovered Riley.  Danny will still love Riley when Ben and Riley are not longer an item.  I think Danny and Riley are the Couple.


Message Posted On Feb 10th, 2014, 6:46 am
Same danny and riley should just stay best friends

Message Posted On Feb 10th, 2014, 6:46 am
i don't want danny and riley to be together...ben and riley are perfect for each other
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