“Winnie Cooper” of The Wonder Years (real name Danica McKellar) is all grown up as you can see by her Stuff photo shoot. Read more on Danica McKellar and see McKellar’s sexy Stuff magazine photos below.
Danica McKellar, 34, the mathematician and actress who played Winnie Cooper on the hit TV show “The Wonder Years,” married composer Mike Verta, 36, on Sunday in La Jolla, California. Read more about Danica McKellar’s wedding here. Being in the news once again has brought up many searches for Danica McKellar’s “Stuff” magazine shoot.
Here is the full transcript of Danica McKellar’s interview with Stuff Magazine (photos below):
The Wonder Years’ Gwendolyne “Winnie” Cooper. Danica McKellar played the on-again, off-again girlfriend of Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage) and embodied every nice girl that was too good for us, our friends and most guys in our school. When the show ended in 1993, Danica returned to her first love: being really smart. She graduated from UCLA with a published high-level math proof (we checked with the scientific community”¦it’s a big deal) and proceeded to throw it away to be an actress again. TV cameos, a recurring role on The West Wing and her star turn in the upcoming Sci Fi Channel movie Path of Destruction mean you’ll be seeing a lot more of Danica. But not more of her than you’ll see in these unbelievably hot photos.
STUFF: Is this the first time people are going to see you half naked?
DANICA: I’ve never even taken pictures in a bathing suit! This is a rite of passage for me. I’m not a little girl anymore.
What do you think is going to be the general reaction to this?
I’m guessing that most people are going to be like, “Oh, look, it’s Winnie Cooper!”
Do you want to stab people who still call you Winnie?
People talk about “getting rid of the old image,” and I guess there’s some merit in that. But the truth is that people loved The Wonder Years, and I can’t turn my back on it.
You didn’t turn out like Tracey Gold or Dana Plato, but was it weird going through your entire adolescence on television?
I don’t have anything to compare it to. It was a lot of going back and forth between school and the set, scheduling exams, getting homework from classmates”¦
Winnie was a nerd!
I was a total nerd. I was actually kind of uppity. And the boys [of Wonder Years] were pranksters. I never had little brothers, so I was totally not used to hearing a lot of cussing at a young age! I learned what “pull my finger” meant the hard way.
So one minute Fred would be putting the moves on you in a scene”¦
And the next minute I’d have a wet finger in my ear? Yeah.
Everyone remembers the first Kevin and Winnie kiss. Was that your real first kiss?
It was. Actually, during the pilot, when we first met, we totally had mutual crushes. It was once the season started going that we became like brother and sister.
Did you have to kiss a lot that day?
The one that aired is the very last take. The first take, I smiled right before we started kissing, and my [onscreen] brother had just died in Vietnam, so I really wouldn’t have been smiling. On the [last] one, Fred started stroking my hair afterward.
After the show, you attended UCLA, became a genius and published a paper on Percolation and Gibbs states multiplicity for ferromagnetic Ashkin-Teller models on Z2. I really enjoyed the part on infinite occupied clusters.
It’s really complicated and not that interesting to most people.
So, how did you go from a mathlete to a recurring role as a speechwriter on The West Wing?
I read for Aaron Sorkin, and after I finished he said, “I’m crazy about you!” I was like, “I’m crazy about you, too!” As with Wonder Years, this was supposed to be just a guest-starring role. But then, four days into shooting the episode, they offered me a series contract.
You also did a guest spot this year on the last episode of NYPD Blue. Did you get cast as Crack Ho No. 1?
A prostitute gets killed, and I play her sister. Maybe after this article comes out, people will start giving me grittier roles, but for now people still see me as wholesome.
But you are wholesome!
I was told you’d be asking about sex! I figured there would be some curiosity, but maybe not. [Laughs]
Fine, if I must: What can a guy do to win you over?
I love surprises. So, champagne and strawberries, all that pampering, romantic stuff. Guys ought to know how to pamper their women.
What about the delicate maneuver of a man buying you lingerie?
I’m not sure I’ve ever had a guy buy me lingerie when we weren’t at the store together trying stuff on.
You mean you don’t make the guy wait outside on the pink ottoman?
Well, I haven’t had sex in the changing room, but I’ve had the guy come with me while I tried stuff on.
Don’t men see lingerie as just pretty Christmas wrapping?
With the guy I’m with now, the goal is: “How fast can we get that off?”
Around the house, are you carefree or careful?
If it’s just me and my boyfriend, then anything goes. I’m not shy about walking around with nothing on. There’s nothing unclassy about being naked, if it’s appropriate.
Do you consider yourself a serial monogamist, or do you dig a tryst?
I am definitely a serial monogamist. I can count on one hand the number of guys I’ve been with. For whatever reason, I’m just more private. It takes longer to get on the inside.
Do you get a complex living in L.A., being surrounded by all the store-bought boobs?
If I want bigger breasts, that’s what the Wonderbra is for. But my boyfriend, luckily, is an ass man.
And you didn’t even know that going in.
Look, if a guy really wants big, big breasts, I’m not the one. I’m more of the slim, small-framed person.
And if he wants love and devotion?
If he wants love and devotion, look no further.
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