Danica McKellar of 'Wonder Years' Fame Loved Her Husband Scott Sveslosky from Their First Date

Danica McKellar, better known for her childhood role as Winnie Cooper in the ‘80s-’90s series “The Wonder Years,” has been married twice. And while her first marriage didn’t work out, her second started with the right foot from the very first date. 

Dania McKellar has been an active part of the entertainment industry for over four decades. She has recently become a Hallmark star, appearing in several movies of the family-friendly channel, and there are no signs she’s going to stop soon.

Danica McKellar attends the Build Series to discuss "Christmas at Dollywood" at Build Studio on December 04, 2019 | Photo: GettyImages

Danica McKellar attends the Build Series to discuss "Christmas at Dollywood" at Build Studio on December 04, 2019 | Photo: GettyImages

On top of that, McKellar is a dedicated mother and wife, and she claims family is her number priority no matter what.

DANICA’S LIFE AFTER “THE WONDER YEARS”

McKellar was just 13-year-old when she landed the role of Winnie Cooper in “The Wonder Years,” the popular series that ran for five years from 1989 to 1993.

On their first date, Scott brought a copy of McKellar’s favorite book with his favorite parts underlined. The simple gesture was enough to make McKellar swoon.

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No kidding... 32 years ago today this show premiered?? It's at times like these when numbers start losing their meaning... even for a math-lover like me. 😉 . . . Yep, Sunday January 31st 1988 immediately following the Superbowl on @abcnetwork, #TheWonderYears made its debut, nationwide. Then later that year it reaired, along with the next 5 episodes. But when that 1st episode reaired, there was something notably different about it. Can anyone tell me what that was? 🙋‍♀️ . . . Do you have any special memories associated with the show that you'd like to share? Tell me below! ⬇️ . . . Happy 32nd Anniversary to The Wonder Years, a show that has meant so much to so many, and which I will forever be grateful to have been a part of...❤ . . . #TheWonderYears #TheWonderYearsDVD #winniecooper #losañosmaravillosos @anosincríveis

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After the series’ ending, McKellar took a break from acting to focus on her education. She enrolled at UCLA with a major in math and soon proved that she was made for numbers despite her doubts.

“I thought college math must be really hard and that I wasn’t a typical math student because I had always thought ‘girls can’t — or shouldn’t — do math,’” McKellar recalled to USA Today.

However, in her senior year, McKellar co-authored a paper with professor Lincoln Chayes and fellow student Brandy Winn about the now-named Chayes–McKellar–Winn theorem. She graduated summa cum laude in 1998.

Then, she returned to acting and appeared in series like “Babylon 5,” “NCIS,” “NYPD Blue,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “How I Met Your Mother” and “The West Wing.”

She also competed in season 18 of “Dancing with the Stars,” where she placed sixth, and continuing with her math work, she has authored five math books for children and teenagers.

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You guys! Today I released my 9th @mckellarmath book, #BathtimeMathtimeSHAPES! 🔴🔷️◻ Hence, this parallelogram-inspired shot. 😉🤣 . . This journey of writing math books for kids started back in 2005 but I still can't believe I'm really on book #9 (and book #10, on multiplication & division for 3rd & 4th grade, comes out in the summer). 😍 . . This book I'm holding, "Bathtime Mathtime SHAPES" is a super cute way to teach your little ones geometry - what defines a square vs rectangle, the difference between 2D and 3D shapes, etc, all while learning that hair washing doesn't have to be hard. 😉 And HUGE shout-out to @aliciapadronart for the darling illustrations. ❤ . . The book is available NOW everywhere books are sold! DM me pics of your little ones with the book and I'll post some on my instastories in the coming weeks! 📸 . . . Bonus points: What's that artwork behind me, and does anyone know where I took this picture?? 😉🦋 . . . #math #matheducation #preschool #geometry #mathchat #edchat #elemchat #mathematics #elemschool #homeschool #homeschooling #teachersofIG #education #kidlit

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HER FIRST MARRIAGE

McKellar started dating composer and visual effects artist Mike Verta in 2001 and got engaged in August 2008.

The couple tied the knot in March 2009 in an ocean-side church ceremony at La Jolla, California, in front of 150 guests, including McKellar’s “The Wonder Years” co-stars Dan Lauria and Allie Mills.

They welcomed son Draco in 2010, and sadly, filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences in 2012. However, they maintain a friendly co-parenting relationship, with McKellar saying they get along even better than they did while being married.

 Danica McKellar attends Hallmark Channel And Hallmark Movies And Mysteries 2019 Winter TCA Tour at Tournament House on February 09, 2019 | Photo: GettyImages

Danica McKellar attends Hallmark Channel And Hallmark Movies And Mysteries 2019 Winter TCA Tour at Tournament House on February 09, 2019 | Photo: GettyImages

Talking about the divorce, McKellar told Closer Weekly that it was “the hardest thing I’ve ever been through.”

She also shared advice for anyone going through a divorce, especially if there are kids involved, saying:

“Just be generous, and don’t bring them into it. If you hold on tight, the other person is going to hold back, and when kids are caught in the middle… What kids want is love and for everyone to get along.”

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Hey there, Pumpkin!! 🎃 Had a blast at the pumpkin patch with my (not so little!) pumpkin yesterday. ❤ It's a tradition for us every October and it never gets old... see my instastories for some fun videos from the day! Seriously, I cherish every moment with my little guy... I'll never take this time for granted. I mean, look at him! He's turning into a young man! I'm so proud to be his mommy I could burst. I know parenthood ain't easy alot of of the time, but goodness, let's do our best to steep our kids in as much love as we can manage... Sending hugs to all you parents out there! And Happy almost Halloween!! 🕷🎃🦇 . . . P.S. Had to wear my @thehearstcastle hat in honor of my friend @lydiahearst who loves all things Halloween and spooky!! 🦇 . . . #pumpkinpatch #HappyHalloween #Halloween #ilovebeingamommy ❤

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FINDING LOVE AGAIN

McKellar spent almost two years after the divorce trying to put her life back in order and giving herself time to heal.

Then, the parents of one of her son’s school friends introduced her to Scott Sveslosky, an attorney and former model that had recently got out from a two-year relationship and also had a son.

The two first started talking over the phone, and when they finally met face to face, McKellar couldn’t believe her luck.

Danica McKellar and husband Scott Sveslosky arrive at the 2014 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23, 2014 | Photo: GettyImages

Danica McKellar and husband Scott Sveslosky arrive at the 2014 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23, 2014 | Photo: GettyImages

“I thought, ‘Okay, well, a nice guy—that’s really what I want. He doesn’t have to be a model or anything.’ But it turns out, he did use to be a model. He’s everything. He’s the sweetest guy ever,” she told Country Living magazine.

On their first date, Scott brought a copy of McKellar’s favorite book, “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success” by Deepak Chopra, with his favorite parts underlined. The simple gesture was enough to make McKellar swoon.

“I just already loved him and was smitten from the moment I sat down,” she recalled.

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Happy New Year!! 🎉 I hope you've all had a lovely holiday season. I had a wonderfully relaxing break from social media, spending extra time with my family. And thank you for all your birthday messages today!! ❤ . . . It's 2020! It sounds so futuristic. 😂 . . . I'm particularly excited that we are entering a decade with a user-friendly name: "the twenties"! I feel like the ability to *name* a decade means it will end up with a stronger identity, something it will end up being known/remembered for, both personally and globally, even fashion-wise. My impression is that the first 20 years of any decade sort of get swallowed into the idea of the "turn of the century," but those two don't end up well-defined decades, because we don''t call them by a *name.* . . . I think about the 1920 as the "roaring twenties" with Prohibition, flappers and gangsters, then the Great Depression, then the 30's as recovery from that, the 40's as World War II & Lindy Hop, 50's as suburban housewives beginning to crack, the Cold War, the rise of plastics & "Grease"-style hot rods, 60's as flower children and 70's Vietnam, disco and bellbottoms, 80's as punk rock & 90's as grunge and flannels... . . . What do you think will define these twenties?? And how about for you, personally? How will you create this new decade waiting for a label? 😉 . . . #happynewyear #2020 #twenties #newdecade

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FORMING A FAMILY

McKellar and Sveslosky got engaged in July 2014, and they tied the knot four months later in a small but beautiful ceremony at sunrise in Kauai, Hawaii.

Danica’s son, Draco, and Scott’s son, Hunter, played a huge role in the ceremony, as the actress explained:

“Scott and I exchanged our vows, and then we exchanged family vows with our sons Hunter and Draco – we wrote everything ourselves. We also performed a sand ceremony where the four of us poured different colored sand into a vase, which we will keep at home.”

Although the couple tried to have a kid of their own, it didn’t happen. But for McKellar is enough to spend time with her son and stepson, who have formed a beautiful friendship.

Going through a divorce has also helped McKellar to value her relationship with Scott much more, and she’s always working to keep the flame alive and not take her husband for granted.

“I did go through that thing where you think it’s forever, and you think you made the right choice, and you think everything’s great, and then it really isn’t, and you were really wrong,” she confessed. “I don’t want to be wrong again.”

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