Danica McKellar Describes Her First Kiss Ever on 'The Wonder Years'

The actress shares the biggest perk of having it happen on-camera.

ByLESLEY MESSER
October 07, 2014, 2:19 PM
PHOTO: Danica McKellar attends the "Dancing With The Stars" season 18 official wrap party at Sofitel Hotel, May 20, 2014, in Los Angeles.
Danica McKellar attends the "Dancing With The Stars" season 18 official wrap party at Sofitel Hotel, May 20, 2014, in Los Angeles.
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— -- Danika McKellar and Fred Savage were nervous to share their first kiss on "The Wonder Years."

For McKellar, one contributing factor was that her character's first kiss was also her first kiss ever.

"I remember reading the script and seeing that I was gonna have a kiss and I was like, 'Oh my gosh! I'm about to have my first kiss,'" she said in a collector's DVD clip. "I was totally nervous."

Savage said that at the time, he and the former "Dancing with the Stars" competitor were only 11 or 12 at the time. McKellar added that the shoot came with a mix of emotions.

"It was really nerve-racking because there's 50 people standing around watching you," she said. "Now, the one upside of having your first kiss on camera is that you know for sure that it's gonna happen. You don't have to wonder! The downside is that you have an audience, so that was crazy."

It took the young actors six takes to get it right.

McKellar said that her grin made the first attempt unusable.

"In the story my brother's just died so I'm supposed to be really sad but I got so excited that I got this smile on my face!" she said. "The one you see is take number six... and the reason I know it was the last take is because on the last take Fred started to stroke my hair afterwards. That's the only time they did it and that's the one they used."

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