Danica McKellar has a romantic streak that’s a mile wide.
The actress, best known as Winnie Cooper, the dream girl in TV’s The Wonder Years (1988-93), is a newlywed who met her new husband on a blind date.
“We met through friends,” McKellar says. “They said, ‘You guys would be perfect together,’ and they were right. It was basically love at first sight. After the second date, I told my best friend that if he asked me to marry him, I would say yes. I was thunderstruck and so was he.”
Hard to imagine anyone being better suited, then, to star in Hallmark Channel’s romance- and wedding-themed Perfect Match.
The movie, which premieres at 8 p.m. Saturday, kicks off the network’s “June Weddings” programming stunt.
The “June Weddings” lineup includes two other movie originals (Love, Again at 8 p.m. Sunday and A Country Wedding at 8 p.m. June 27), weekend marathons of other wedding-themed movies and a real-life ceremony in a special prime-time episode of Home & Family at 7 p.m. Monday.
The only thing that would make McKellar more perfect for this would be if she had been a June bride in real life. Alas, she got married in November.
In Perfect Match, McKellar plays a wedding planner working alongside a handsome event planner (Paul Greene) who rubs her the wrong way. It’s not a spoiler to reveal that they’re destined to fall in love.
“My character is a Type A personality, extremely organized, very list-oriented, who balances being a single mom with having a career,” McKellar says. “Then she is forced to work with this guy who is not like her at all. He is very fly-by-the-seat-of-his-pants, plays things by ear.
“So naturally there’s a lot of conflict. But opposites attract. When I read the script, I thought, ‘Oh, my gosh, this has the potential to be so adorable, especially if there’s fun chemistry between me and my co-star.’ It turned out even better than I imagined.”
McKellar even got to show off her recently acquired Dancing With the Stars dance moves in the movie.
“I don’t know whether they put the dancing scene in specifically because it of me,” she says. “I would not be surprised, though, if it was in the script already, because dancing is very romantic and that’s what Hallmark does: They’re all about romance.”
The stars of the other “June Wedding” movie originals are Teri Polo and Paul Johansson in Love, Again and Jesse Metcalfe and Autumn Reeser in A Country Wedding.
The Home & Family wedding ceremony is for lifestyle expert Paige Hemmis and musician Jason Short of the Australian pop/opera group ARIA.
McKellar thinks Hallmark Channel might be on to something big with this programming stunt.
“They’re very clever to have thought of this,” she says. “I love how they have all these different themes throughout the year. They practically own Christmas with all their Christmas movies. They’ve got Valentine’s movies. Now June weddings — and I’m lucky enough to get in on the ground floor.”
Hallmark Channel executives were so pleased with McKellar’s performance that they’ve already signed her to star in another movie, a Christmas one. She’s currently in Romania filming it.
“I think Hallmark provides a wonderful, wonderful set of movies for people,” McKellar says. “If people want to see something gritty or super edgy, they can go somewhere else.
“But when it comes to giving you a feel-good movie, there’s nobody better.”
▪ 8 p.m. Saturday
▪ Hallmark Channel