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The Wonder Years’ Danica McKellar Quit Acting to Start a Different Career.

Self-discovery! Danica McKellar recently spoke with her son Draco about her past as a child actress — and why she had to put her profession on hold following her time on The Wonder Years.

She went to UCLA, however when she got there, folks all around campus would holler across campus, like, ‘Hey Winnie!’ [or] ‘Hey, I remember you from The Wonder Years!’ McKellar, 47, disclosed this to her 11-year-old son during an interview on August 16. She couldn’t seem to get away from it.

From 1988 until 1993, the former Hallmark actress co-starred in the ABC comedy with Fred Savage. The Neal Marlens and Carol Black-created coming-of-age drama follows Kevin Arnold (Savage), an adolescent growing up in a suburban middle-class household in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Winnie, Kevin’s major love interest and neighbor, was played by McKellar.

The program was an immediate success, garnering a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy in 1988. But, after the series conclusion, McKellar took a break from acting to discover who she was outside of the acting world, which led her to a job as a mathematician.

She wanted to figure out how important she was outside of Winnie Cooper, and math was difficult, but she performed well at it, the California native added. And she adores the notion that her worth, the vital things, does not depend on how she appears or what she watches on television.

Since then, the West Wing veteran has returned to Hollywood, starring in many Lifetime and Hallmark films and portraying Judy Jetson on The Jetsons since 2017. She also competed in season 18 of Dancing With the Stars, finishing sixth with partner Val Chmerkovskiy. After two years of courting, the California native married Scott Sveslosky in 2014.

McKellar’s wish to inspire young females to study mathematics, on the other hand, has not faded. Over the years, the Domino Masters judge has published 11 books for children.

In August 2018, she stated that Math can be cool. She also add anecdotes about her personal challenges with arithmetic and daily life to show them that they’re all the same. They all have the same concerns, challenges, anxieties, and so on.

Despite her sabbatical from Hollywood, McKellar assured her son Draco, whom she shares with ex-husband Mike Verta, that she would agree if he chose to follow in her footsteps.

The GAC star promised her son she will back him in anything he wants to do. She would enroll him in acting lessons and assist guide him through the process.

She is not going to push him in that path however, as it’s a tough life, she continued.

Danica McKellar Reflects on 'Wonder Years' and Why She Quit Acting to Become a Mathematician

‘Wonder Years’ star Danica McKellar is interviewed by her son, Draco, and chats about her new kids’ math book, ‘Double Puppy Trouble.'

Posted by Entertainment Tonight on Tuesday, 16 August 2022

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