Sara Rue is one of those actresses who made so seamless of a transition from child star to grown-up roles that most people forget that she could have ever be characterized as a ‘child star’. Sara’s earliest work came when she was just 9 years old when she starred as Kevin Spacey’s daughter in the film “Rocket Gibraltar”.
Born Sara Schlackman, in New York City, Rue continued acting regularly throughout her youth. At 10 years old, she got her first long-term role in a television series. She played Edna Pasetti, the young daughter of Pamela Hunt’s Janice Pasetti, in the NBC comedy series “Grand”. “Grand” drew inspiration from the 70’s era iconic sitcom “Soap” in its representation of haves vs. have nots. A couple years later, Sara had a cameo role in “Roseanne”, portraying a teenage version of Roseanne Connor.
Over the next few years, Sara continued to get steady work on the small screen. Among the series she participated in where “Phenom” (as the friend of Angela Goethals’ tennis prodigy) and “Minor Adjustments” (one of the first sitcoms on the newly created UPN network). There were also guest appearances on several other series, such as “ER”, “Zoey, Duncan, Jack and Jane” and “Will & Grace”.
Despite all these roles, it took until 1999 for Sara to achieve her real breakthrough role when she starred along other up-and-coming 20-something stars Carly Pope and Leslie Bibb in the CW teen drama “Popular”. “Popular”, while running for only two seasons, put Rue (as well as co-stars Pope, Bibb and Tammy Lynn Michaels) on the map.
After the completion of “Popular”, Sara her first significant lead role in ABC sitcom, “Less than Perfect”. She portrayed Claude, the assistant to vain television news anchor Will Butler (Eric Roberts). Other characters were portrayed by Zachary Levi (known more now for “Chuck”), Sherri Shepherd and the ‘less than funny’ Andy Dick. Much positive press was made about a ‘full-figured’ woman like Sara being a central character in a popular sitcom (though, by the end of the series, she had lost of a lot weight while being a spokesperson for Jenny Craig Weight Loss).
Most recently, Sara has been engaging in her best role, as a wife and mother. Domestic bliss has not stopped her from satisfying the acting bug, though. This small screen maven continued to perform in guest spots on wildly successful series like “Big Bang Theory”, while having starring roles in shows like “Rules of Engagement” and “Malibu Country” (alongside Rebe McEntire). This fun comedienne will be grace our television sets for some time to come.
Of course, Sara has also demonstrated an appreciation for body art. She frequently enjoys showing off her cute butterfly tattoo that sits on the outside of her right ankle.
You can follow Sara on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/sararueforreal
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