Danica McKellar talks 'Mancation,' 'Wonder Years,' math, breasts

"Not to sound too personal, but I've always had small breasts, and now I'm pretty impressed with them," Danica McKellar explained about why she was busting out of a gown she wore for a wedding scene she was shooting Thursday at The Merion in Cinnaminson, N.J., for the indie comedy "Mancation."

McKellar, best known to audiences as Winnie Cooper on ABC's "The Wonder Years," is the mother of a 7-month-old son, Draco, and espoused on the benefits of breast-feeding as we spoke with her before her shoot.

"You don't wear a dress like this and then expect people not to look at some point," she said when we suggested that she should commend us for maintaining eye contact with her during the interview.

In the Frank Vain film, McKellar plays the unrequited love interest of the main character, whose wife leaves him. The wife was to be played by Charlie Sheen "goddess" Bree Olson, who dropped out to tour with him.

McKeller, an actress-turned-mathematician-turned-mother, said she loves being recognized for being Winnie Cooper, even 20 years later. "That show and that character were so loved. I'm really grateful to have been a part of that," she said. "Not everybody is recognized for that. You can have a character that was goofy. Steve Urkel, I mean Jaleel White, he's changed his whole appearance. He's sick of people doing Steve Urkel imitations," McKellar said.


"Mancation" co-stars Joey Fatone, who got into character for a wedding scene by sipping a Captain Morgan and Coke at 10:30 Thursday morning, as well as veteran character-actor Mike Starr, who fondly remembered playing Lenny in "Of Mice and Men" in a 1981 production at Penn's Annenberg Center. He also remembered a profile that Daily News music writer (and then-theater critic) Jonathan Takiff wrote about him at that time.

Speaking of music, Jerry Blavat was also featured in the wedding scene. The Geator and Starr made fast friends.

Below is a video of our interview with McKellar and here is more on McKellar in Molly Eichel's story and here is the rest of our column in Monday's Daily News.