"People come up to me and tell me that I was their first crush. What a beautiful and honored position to be in someone's mind. I have learned to be grateful because it's given me such a wonderful platform to do things that matter to me."
High on that list of things that matter to her are the math books she's written to help inspire girls in math and to get young people to embrace being smart. She knows mckellarmath.com would have never gotten the attention it gets had she not been able to lure fans of her work to the website.
While working on "Very, Very Valentine," McKellar learned a little about flowers, but she quickly points out that friends looking for advice about romance or flowers will get far more help from her when it comes to matters of the heart.
"I love flowers but I'm no expert," McKellar says. She pauses, laughs, and then adds, "Not that I'm an expert on romance but I have more experience with it. So far, I'm just a flower admirer." She finds romance far more complicated that flowers because with flowers "you can arrange them how you want and they stay."
Along with being a mom, a busy film and TV actress plus a voice performer, the California native manages to find time to write books such as "Kiss My Math: Showing Pre-Algebra Who's Boss" and "Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape." She's tied together her latest book, "Ten Magic Butterflies" (Crown Books for Young Readers, $17.99), being released Tuesday, with the telecast of "Very, Very Valentine." She urges viewers to go to mckellarmath.com for details connecting the projects.
McKellar loves making movies like "Very, Very Valentine" but her true passion comes out when she talks about education, especially when it comes to math.
"The whole point is that math is for anyone. It's a great brain exerciser and will make your brainer stronger no matter what you want to do," McKellar says. "It will build you into the smart young person you want to be.
"I love math and part of the reason I write my math books is to help other kids find their love of math. If they don't love math, that's OK. I want to show them that they can do it. They might not love math but they can say 'Yes, I can do this.'"
'VERY, VERY VALENTINE'
9 p.m./8 p.m. Central Saturday, Hallmark Channel
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