A former child star of “The Wonder Years” has become the latest star to ‘quit’ crime-and-homeless-ridden Los Angeles.
Actress Danica McKellar and her husband and son left the city for a rural homestead in Tennessee, about an hour from Nashville, over the summer, reports said on Tuesday. She had lived in L.A. since she was seven years old, People reported.
After starring in a number of holiday-themed projects, McKellar will next appear in “Christmas at the Drive-In,” which is set for a Nov. 25 release date. She told the magazine it fits right in with her current home life.
“I am just loving the fact that my Christmas movie characters have rubbed off on me,” McKellar, 46, told the magazine in an exclusive regarding her family’s move. “I think it’s just a wonderful example of life imitating art.”
She and her attorney husband Scott Sveslosky, her son Draco (whom she shares with ex Mike Verta), and her mother Mahalia left to find a less glitzy, harried lifestyle.
“My husband and I have been wanting more nature for a long time,” McKellar told People. “We were kind of ready to not be in a city anymore.”
The Blaze added: “In addition to McKellar, other celebrities who’ve ditched the bright lights of Hollywood include Rob Schneider, Mark Wahlberg, Joe Rogan, and Katy Perry.”
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Wahlberg recently discussed one of his latest films, “Father Stu,” which is based on the life of Stuart Long, an agnostic Golden Gloves boxer in the 1980s who converted to Catholicism and eventually became a priest after nearly dying in a motorcycle accident. The real-life character was ordained as a priest in his home state of Montana in 2007 and died at 50 in 2014 of a rare illness.”
“I feel like this is starting a new chapter for me in that, now, doing things like this [with] real substance can help people,” Wahlberg told Entertainment Tonight. “I definitely want to focus on making more. I wouldn’t say necessarily just faith-based content but things that will help people.”
“Hopefully this movie will open a door for not only myself but for lots of other people in Hollywood to make more meaningful content,” he added.
As far as his career, Wahlberg said that he definitely could step away from Hollywood “sooner rather than later” in order to spend more time with his four children.
In an interview with conservative talker Glenn Beck recently, the host asked Schneider up front whether he was prepared for his political and cultural beliefs to get him canceled and cost him all he’s worked toward.
“Are you willing to lose it all for what you believe?” Beck asked.
Schneider didn’t hesitate for a moment: “Absolutely. Because if we don’t have it, then we have nothing.”
“I’m not — I don’t care about my career anymore,” Schneider added. “I care about my children’s — the country they’re going to live in.”