It’s not lost on Danica McKellar how much her life has looked like the lives of some of the characters she’s played on screen lately.
The marvel years Alum, who plays the next starring Christmas in Drive-In (From November 25) She has lived in Los Angeles since the age of seven, but recently decided to adopt a slower pace of life away from the spotlight by moving to a country house in Tennessee. Now, you settle in around the same time as the festive winter season begins and enjoy all that small town life has to offer.
looks familiar? The holiday movie veteran feels déjà vu too, and she’s happy to cuddle him.
“I just love the fact that my Christmas movie characters have rubbed off on me,” McKellar, 46, tells People exclusively about her movement. “I think it’s just a wonderful example of life imitating art.”
Last summer, the actress and her lawyer husband Scott Swislowski, son Draco (whom she shares with ex-Mike Verta) and mother Mahalia, packed their lives on the West Coast and moved to somewhere nearly an hour outside of Nashville.
“My husband and I have been wanting more of nature for a long time,” this California native says his whole life. “We were kind of prepared to not be in a city anymore.”
Although neither McKellar nor Swislowski are in Tennessee, the couple — who have been Married since 2014 – He already had a history in the area since the early days of their relationship. McKellar recalls how after only about a month of dating, the two “couldn’t stand the breakup” while she was filming nearby in Kentucky.
“It flew to Nashville, and I flew like an hour and a half from Kentucky to Nashville,” the star says. “We just spent this weekend together.”
On top of romantic relationships, McKellar was attracted to the venue due to his ties to country music. “Both Memphis and Nashville are amusement parks,” she says. “They’re known for their music.” “Being from Los Angeles and being an artist, it’s good to have creative people.”
Now that she has finally found her perfect blend of nature, family and art, she is working on transforming her new home into the home of her dreams. While she claims to be “not designed in any way,” McKellar works to make sure the space fits her family. They are currently building a full kitchen in the basement of the house, which will be dedicated exclusively to her mother.
However, in the eyes of TV The star, the highlight of the house does not need a renovation at all.
“For me, honestly, it’s mostly about the backyard,” says McKellar, who has gone from owning a small yard in Los Angeles to living on several acres. After two seasons spent exploring its new surroundings, McKellar says her favorite features include giant fluffy clouds from the summer’s humidity and autumn leaves on the maple trees, which turn shades of “golden, pink, orange, and red.”
Plus she’s living her childhood dream – and not just a movie star. After spending her entire life wanting one, McKellar finally got a giant trampoline in her backyard.
“I jump on this thing all the time,” she says. “We’re considering putting in a pool at some point, but I’m like, ‘Yeah, you know what?’ I really enjoy it as it is. ”
Even with the sweet (and bouncy) adventure waiting for her to move, McKellar felt the natural pressure to move across the country. For the first three quarters of the year, the star refrained from taking on any major acting jobs as she focused on the challenge of deciding what to keep and what to donate from her West Coast home.
“I wanted to give my attention to this and be very present,” says McKellar, who recently left the Hallmark Channel and signed a contract with Great American Country. Once the family completed their successful transition, McKellar headed to Canada to work on it Christmas in Drive-InHer second movie with GAC.
Now that she’s back home, she’s looking forward to creating her own vacation memories during her first winter in Tennessee. On Thanksgiving, she hosts her family and a few out-of-town cousins at the new home, but she’s already thinking about a month ahead.
“I’m probably going to have a Christmas tree next week,” I told People in early November. “Let’s start this.”