Danica McKellar, a "Wonder Years" star-turned math book author, says she would love to return to the geek-themed CBS comedy show "The Big Bang Theory," whose subject matter is "near and dear" to her heart.
The 36-year-old actress made her comments to OnTheRedCarpet.com Chi-Lan Lieu at a party to celebrate the show's 100th episode. McKellar appeared on one that aired in 2010, playing Abby, a student who takes an interest in one of the secondary characters, Raj, portrayed by Kunal Nayyar.
"I would love to come back," McKellar said at the event, which took place in Los Angeles on Thursday, December 15.
"The Big Bang Theory" stars Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki as physicists and Kaley Cuoco as their friend. It is on its fifth season and is set to continue airing until at least 2014.
McKellar rose to fame as a child actress, playing Winnie Cooper on the drama series "The Wonder Years," which premiered in the late 1980s. McKellar continued to act but also obtained a math degree from UCLA. She has penned several math books, including "Math Doesn't Suck: How to Survive Middle-School Math Without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail" and "Hot X: Algebra Exposed."
"When this show first came out, I was like, 'Yes!'" McKellar said about "The Big Bang Theory." "I am thrilled to have been a part of it at all and of course, science is near and dear to my heart because I buy math books, I was a math major, all that good math stuff. So it was fun, actually being on a set ... they have all these math books and science books on the set."
McKellar continues to act and is set to appear with Olympic speed skater Apolo Ohno in a Syfy Network film called "Tasmanian Devil." The television movie premieres in 2012 and tells of BASE jumpers who travel to a remote Tasmanian national park, where they are pursued by grizzly bear-sized Tasmanian Devils who protect the land from intruders.
"Big Bang Theory" recurring star Mayim Bialik, who is also known for her title role in the 1990s sitcom "Blossom," also graduated from UCLA and obtained a PhD in neuroscience.
"I make my husband call me Dr. Bialik," joked the actress, who celebrated her 36th birthday earlier in the week.
The 100th episode of "The Big Bang Theory" is set to air in 2012. Cast member Kaley Cuoco, 26, told OnTheRedCarpet.com that it will see the actors playing "a little mind game on the fans," adding: "It's different than anything we've ever done."
Reporting by Chi-Lan Lieu, correspondent for KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).