It's hard to believe someone would want to frame Danica McKellar for a crime. The actress is talented, smart, beautiful and generally one of Hollywood's great people. But in Lifetime's The Wrong Woman, which premieres Saturday, she plays a housewife who's accused of murder and must fight to prove her innocence. BFTV recently checked in with Danica to get the scoop on the movie - as well as some of her other recent work.
"I thought when I read the script that it was a really, cool amazing opportunity for an actress to go through like every emotion in the book," she said of the movie, which also stars Jonathan Bennett and Jaleel White. "To go from the shy, scared housewife to really coming into her own power and defending herself in court."
The Wrong Woman is a reimagining of the 1956 Alfred Hitchcock film The Wrong Man, but Danica told us that she avoided the source material when approaching the role of Ellen Plainview. "I did not watch the movie deliberately. I actually keep meaning to watch it," she explained. "To me, it's important to own the character and not try to imitate something else. I wanted to make this a really special, heartfelt story."
She certainly succeeds, as the flick will definitely put you through the emotional wringer right alongside Ellen. Without spoiling too much, be sure that you don't miss when she delivers her closing argument in court. "That's probably one of my favorite scenes I've ever done," Danica told us.
"There's lots of crying and lots of emotion [in the movie]," she added. "It was just really cleansing." And it's definitely not your prototypical Lifetime movie. This is one you won't want to miss, primarily because of the strong performance from its leading lady.
The Wrong Woman is just one part of what Danica is currently working on. Having studied mathematics at UCLA, she's well-known for doing her part to make math interesting and understandable for students. For the holiday season, she recently premiered a music video entitled "Dance of the Sugar Pi Fairy" on the Nerdist YouTube channel.
"I wrote a song about Pi and I put it to the tune of 'Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,'" she explained. "I got dressed up like a fairy princess [and] I have a magic fairy wand with fairy dust! It's a teaser for a web series I'm doing with Nerdist - it's called Math Bites. It should come out in January."
Check out the video with this article, and keep your eyes open for a number of celebrity cameos during it, including Danica's The Wrong Woman co-star Jonathan Bennett, Parks & Recreation star Jim O'Heir, Felicia Day, Simon Pegg, and Chris Hardwick.
In addition to the upcoming web series, Danica has authored four books since 2008, all of them aimed at helping younger audiences succeed in math. If you know somebody who's struggling in the subject, be sure to check out Math Doesn't Suck: How To Survive Middle School Math Without Breaking A Nail, Kiss My Math: Showing Pre-Algebra Who's Boss, Hot X: Algebra Exposed, and Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape.
Whether she's lending us her math expertise, making awesome web videos, or winning us over with her acting talent, Danica McKellar is a true class act. She might be playing a wrongly accused woman on TV, but in real life, she's a woman to be admired.
The Wrong Woman airs tomorrow night at 8 PM ET/PT on Lifetime; check out our interview with director Richard Gabai. You can also keep up with Danica by visiting her website (danicamckellar.com) and following her on Twitter (@danicamckellar).