‘Wonder Years’ star Danica McKellar became a mathematician to find value ‘outside of Winnie Cooper’


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Danica McKellar of ‘The Wonder Years’ sat down with her son Draco to talk about her life as a young actress and the unexpected turn she took after playing Winnie Cooper on the popular TV show.

In an interview with “Entertainment Tonight,” McKellar’s son, Draco, asked his mom about acting in “The Wonder Years” and her experience of taking a break to become a mathematician.

“I went to UCLA, but when I got to school, everywhere I went, people all over campus were screaming across campus, you know, ‘Hey Winnie!’ McKellar said: “I couldn’t get away from it, so I needed to find out how much worth I was outside of Winnie Cooper.

Danica McKellar has written a number of math books for children.
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McKellar has written a number of children’s books on math, including “Goodnight Numbers”, “Bathtime Mathtime”, “Ten Magic Butterflies”, and “Double Puppy Trouble”.

She has also written math books for teens and adults like “Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape” and “Kiss My Math: Showing Pre-Algebra Who’s Boss.”

Draco has appeared in some of McKellar’s Hallmark films before, and he asked his mother during the interview how she would react if he had an acting career.

Danica McKellar played Winnie Cooper on "The good years."

Danica McKellar played Winnie Cooper in “The Wonder Years.”
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“Draco, I’ll support you whatever you want to do. I’ll put you in acting classes and help guide you through it,” she replied.

“I would never push you in that direction because it’s a tough life,” McKellar added.


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