How Danica McKellar Feels About Knives Out Adding Her To The Movie (Twice)

Very mild spoilers ahead for Knives Out.

It was a surprise to Danica McKellar to hear her name invoked twice as part of the plot of Knives Out. Rian Johnson’s new movie just opened before Thanksgiving and it turns out The Wonder Years alum is referenced a couple of times — for her Hallmark movies.

Yes, after achieving fame in the early ’90s as Winnie Cooper, Danica McKellar is currently known for her many Hallmark Channel movies. That became a joke in the movie when two characters talked about “this Hallmark movie, called Deadly by Surprise, with Danica McKellar…” Danica McKellar and the (fake) Hallmark movie were referenced again near the end of the movie.

Danica McKellar has never been in a movie called Deadly by Surprise, but she just recently played a crime-solving matchmaker in Matchmaker Mysteries: A Killer Engagement. Before that, she had a string of Hallmark movies called Love and Sunshine, Christmas at Grand Valley, Love in Design, Coming Home for Christmas, Campfire Kiss, My Christmas Dream, and more.

Danica McKellar was tipped off about her inclusion in Knives Out and told IBT it was “awesome” and flattering and she had to go check it out. Once she did she the movie, she went on social media to praise Knives Out and talk about the surreal experience of being referenced as part of the plot:

Rian Johnson wrote and directed Knives Out, so he was the one who added Danica McKellar to the movie — twice. He replied to and shared her excited post:

Knives Out has more fans than just Winnie Cooper (OK, Danica McKellar). It’s getting rave reviews from fans and critics. And it’s expecting to make a lot more money in this opening weekend than originally thought.

Keep up with everything still headed to the big screen this year with our 2019 movie release date schedule. If you’re into murder mysteries, here are a few more whodunit movies to watch. As for Danica McKellar? She has another Christmas movie lined up, Christmas at Dollywood, which will air at 8 p.m. Sunday, December 8 on the Hallmark Channel.


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