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Danica McKellar

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Danica McKellar
McKellar at the 2018
U.S. National Book Festival
Danica Mae McKellar

(1975-01-03) January 3, 1975 (age 49)
EducationBachelor of Science in Mathematics with honors (summa cum laude)
Alma materUCLA
Occupation(s)Actress, mathematics writer, education advocate
Years active1985–present
  • Michael "Mike" Verta (m. 2009–2012)
  • Scott Sveslosky (m. 2014)

Danica Mae McKellar (born January 3, 1975) is an American actress and mathematician. She is best known for playing Winnie Cooper in The Wonder Years.[1] She also starred in several television movies.

She is also a New York Times bestselling author.[2] She wrote four popular[3][4] non-fiction books: Math Doesn't Suck, Kiss My Math, Hot X: Algebra Exposed and Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape. The books are meant to encourage middle-school and high-school girls to have confidence and succeed in mathematics.[5]

Personal life[change | change source]

She married composer Mike Verta on March 22, 2009, in La Jolla, California. The couple had dated since 2001.[6] They had their first child on September 7, 2010, a boy they named Draco.[7][8] McKellar filed for divorce from Verta in June 2012.[9]

Filmography[change | change source]

Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
1992 Sidekicks Lauren
2001 Good Neighbor Molly Wright
XCU: Extreme Close Up Sarah
Speechless... Dana Woodman Short film
2002 Sex and the Teenage Mind Debbie
Black Hole Rachael
Reality School Sexy Sally Short film
Jane White Is Sick & Twisted Tiffany
The Year That Trembled Pam Hatch
Hip, Edgy, Sexy, Cool Sissie
2004 Raising Genius Lacy Baldwin
Intermission Sleepwalker Short film
Quiet Kill Pet Shop Girl
2007 Hack! Emily
2008 Heatstroke Caroline
2009 21 and a Wake-Up Jenny Valentine
2010 Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra-Doo Madelyn Dinkley Voice role; direct-to-video
Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam Sally Voice role; direct-to-video
2012 Flatland 2: Sphereland Aero Direct-to-video
Mancation Rebecca
2014 Where Hope Grows Susan Malcolm
2017 The Jetsons & WWE: Robo-WrestleMania! Judy Jetson Voice role; direct-to-video
2018 The Fiddling Horse Leslie Heart Feature film
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
1985 The Twilight Zone Nola (age 10) Episode: "Her Pilgrim Soul"
1987 The Twilight Zone Deidre Dobbs Episode: "Shelter Skelter"
1988–1993 The Wonder Years Winnie Cooper Main role
1989 The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! Patty Episode: "Day of the Orphan" / "King Mario of Cramalot"
1990 Camp Cucamonga Lindsey Scott Television film (NBC)
1992 Captain Planet and the Planeteers Lisa Voice role; episode: "A Formula for Hate"
1994 Babylon 5 Aria Tensus Episode: "The War Prayer"
Moment of Truth: Cradle of Conspiracy Kristin Guthrie Television film (NBC)
Walker, Texas Ranger Laurie Maston Episode: "Stolen Lullaby"
Sirens Alison Trent Episode: "Victims"
1996 Justice for Annie: A Moment of Truth Movie Annie Mills Carman Television film (NBC)
1998 Love Boat: The Next Wave Mary Dutton Episode: "How Long Has This Been Going On?"
Working Jolie Episodes: "As Bad As It Gets", "She Loves Me Yeah, Yeah, Yeah"
1999 Random Play Daughter Episode: "1.4"
2000–2004 Static Shock Freida Goren Voice role; recurring role
2001 The Division Wendy Episode: "Don't Ask"
Even Stevens Sandrine Episode: "Sibling Rivalry"
2002 Justice League Sapphire Stagg Voice role; episode: "Metamorphosis" (parts 1 & 2)
2002–2003 The West Wing Elsie Snuffin Recurring role
2004 King of the Hill Sharona / Misty Voice role; episodes: "My Hair Lady", "Cheer Factor"
Game Over Elsa / Renee Recurring role
Century City Sally Episode: "Without a Tracer"
Eve Claudia Episode: "Friend or Foe?"
2005 NCIS Erin Kendall Episode: "Witness"
Jack & Bobby Keirsten Episode: "And Justice for All"
NYPD Blue Rosemary Episode: "Moving Day"
Strong Medicine Natalie Pascal Episode: "Feeling No Pain"
Path of Destruction Katherine Stern Television film (Syfy)
How I Met Your Mother Trudy Episode: "The Pineapple Incident"
2006 Inspector Mom Maddie Monroe Television film (Lifetime)
Cyberchase Wanda Voice role; Episode: "Designing Mr. Perfect"
2006–2007 Inspector Mom Maddie Monroe Recurring role
2007 Random! Cartoons Katerina "Kat" Metropoulos Voice role; episode: "Girls on the Go!"
How I Met Your Mother Trudy Episode: "Third Wheel"
2010 The Big Bang Theory Abby Episode: "The Psychic Vortex"
Generator Rex Claire Voice role; episodes: "Hermanos", "Operation: Wingman"
2010–2013, 2019–present[10] Young Justice Miss Martian Voice role; main role (40 episodes)
2011 Generator Rex Claire Voice role; episode: "Haunted"
G.I. Joe: Renegades Sister Leia Voice role; episode: "Brothers of Light"
2012 The Nerdist: Tribute to Science Herself Talk show
Love at the Christmas Table Katherine "Kat" Patton Television film (Lifetime)
2013 Tasmanian Devils Alex Television film (Syfy)
The Secret Life of the American Teenager Herself Episode: "Interference"
Nerdist: Course of the Force Bounty Hunter Episode: "Michael Rooker & CM Punk: Lighstaber Hunt"
The Wrong Woman Ellen Plainview Television film (Lifetime)
2014 Transformers: Rescue Bots Hayley Voice role; 2 episodes
Dancing with the Stars Herself Contestant on season 18; finished in sixth place
2015 King of the Nerds Herself Judge
2015, 2017, 2018 Impractical Jokers Herself 3 episodes
2015 Perfect Match (aka A Perfect Wedding) Jessica Summers Television film (Hallmark)
Miss America 2016 Herself Judge
Crown for Christmas Allie Evans Television film (Hallmark)
2015–present Project Mc2 The Quail Main role (Seasons 1–2,4–5); Netflix original series
2016 DC Super Hero Girls Killer Frost Voice role
My Christmas Dream Christina Television film (Hallmark)
Wedding Bells Molly Television film (Hallmark)
2017 Mommy I Didn't Do It Ellen Plainview Television film (Lifetime)
Campfire Kiss Dana Television film (Hallmark)
Coming Home for Christmas Lizzie Television film (Hallmark)
2018 Very, Very, Valentine Helen Television film (Hallmark)
2018 Love in Design Hannah Television film (Hallmark)
2018 Christmas At Grand Valley Kelly Television film (Hallmark)
Video game roles
Year Title Role
2004 X-Men Legends Jubilee
EverQuest II Lolla Cotgrove / Pona
2006 Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams Additional voices
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance Invisible Woman
2009 Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 Invisible Woman
2013 Young Justice: Legacy Miss Martian

References[change | change source]

  1. "The Wonder Years (1988–1993)". IMDB. Retrieved August 23, 2012.
  2. "Children's Books". The New York Times. September 28, 2008. Retrieved August 23, 2012.
  3. "Children's Books". The New York Times. September 28, 2008. Retrieved August 23, 2012.
  4. "Children's Chapter Books". The New York Times. August 22, 2010. Retrieved August 23, 2012.
  5. "Math Books | Danicamckellar.com". Archived from the original on November 13, 2022. Retrieved August 23, 2012.
  6. Danica McKellar is Married! Archived 2012-10-12 at the Wayback Machine People, March 22, 2009
  7. Danica McKellar is Pregnant! People, March 17, 2010
  8. "Danica McKellar Files for Divorce". People. June 6, 2012. Archived from the original on June 8, 2012. Retrieved June 6, 2012.
  9. "'Wonder Years' actress Danica McKellar files for divorce". suntimes.com. June 12, 2012. Archived from the original on July 11, 2012. Retrieved June 9, 2012.
  10. "Episode #3.1". Retrieved November 2, 2018 – via www.imdb.com.