The Wonder Years actress Danica McKellar left acting to pursue a career in math. Now, she decided to explain why.
McKellar’s youngest son, 11-year-old Draco, recently interviewed his mother for the website. ET online and asked her, “You were about my age when you acted in Wonder Years.” What do you remember most from those years?”
McKellar says it was difficult to balance work and school. “What I remember most is juggling as an actress and doing my schoolwork,” she recalled. “It was a lot of going back and forth from the trailer to school.”
While taking a break from acting for a while, she became an acclaimed mathematician. McKellar is also the author of 11 children’s math books.
Your son asked why.
“When and why did you decide to take a break from acting and become a mathematician?” asked Draco.
“I went to UCLA [Universidade da Califórnia em Los Angeles], but when I got to school, everywhere I went, people all over the campus were screaming; ‘Hey, Winnie!’ or ‘Hey, I loved you in ‘The Wonder Years,'” reports McKellar of his character Winnie Cooper’s fame.
“I couldn’t get away from it. So I needed to find out how valuable I was without being Winnie Cooper, and math was challenging and I was good at it. And I love this feeling that my worth and the things that mattered to me had nothing to do with how I looked or with television.”
She also told her son that while acting life is difficult, she would support him if he chose this path.
“Draco, I’ll support you in whatever you want to do. I would put him in acting classes and help guide him,” she said.
Source: CNN Brasil