With her recent announcement to co-star with Apolo Ohno in the SyFy film Tasmanian Devil, we wonder, where has Danica McKellar been hiding over the years since The Wonder Years?
You must remember Winnie Cooper from the 1980s hit television series The Wonder Years. The role as the girl-next-door love interest of Kevin Arnold (played by Fred Savage) was solely responsible for McKellar's rise to fame as a child star. But what has she been up to lately?
After her role as object of affection on the The Wonder Years ended when she was 18-years-old, Danica McKellar attended UCLA to study mathematics, graduating summa cum laude in 1998. The math genius reportedly helped develop the Chayes-Mckellar-Winn-Theorem, according to Cracked, during her time at UCLA.
I realized I needed to find out who I was outside of that show. My whole life people called me Winnie Cooper, and it was important for me to find out what else I had to offer, McKellar told Maxim in 2010 about finding her path in math. When I got to college, I was intending to study film. But I found that my brain was feeling mushy, so I took a few math classes. I started doing really well at them, and solving equations was this, like, drug rush.
McKellar used her training in math to write three books: Math Doesn't Suck: How to Survive Middle-School Math Without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail, Kiss My Math: Showing Pre-Algebra Who's Boss and Hot X: Algebra Exposed! The books, all of which have been New York Times bestsellers, are directed to young girl in high school or middle school, to help young women appreciate studying math.
McKellar also continued to act on the side during her career as a mathematician. While she describes the transition from child star to starlet in her acting career as a little bumpy, she has appeared on sitcoms such as How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory.
Along with some smaller roles, she also had a recurring role on The West Wing and played Miss Martian on Young Justice. McKellar also wrote, directed and starred in a film, Speechless, which won an award at the 2002 Hollywood Underground Film Festival.
McKellar, now 36-years-old, also has a son, Draco, born in Sept. 2010, with her husband, the composer Mike Verta, whom she married in March 2009.
But the mother-of-one did not let herself go, as they say, as McKellar has made two scantily clad modeling appearances in two softcore men's magazines: Stuff, in the July 2005 issue, for which she was voted the 90s star most readers would want to see wearing lingerie, and Maxim in 2010.
While she was not shy to pose in her underwear, she said, I'm guessing that most people are going to be like, 'Oh, look -- it's Winnie Cooper!' I'm not a little girl anymore.
Danica McKellar's upcoming role in Tasmanian Devil will follow a group of BASE jumpers at Tasmanian national park, where they are pursued by jump Tasmanian Devils. According to a press release from the SyFy network, the made-for-television film will begin production in November in British Columbia and premiere in 2012.