Celebrity Tattoo of the Day (Less Than Perfect Edition): Sara Rue

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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”.

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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.

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(credit: Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images)

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”.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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You can follow Sara on Twitter at:  https://twitter.com/sararueforreal

She also has a fan site:   http://www.sararue.com/

Celebrity Tattoo of the Day (Rookie Blue Edition): Missy Peregrym

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Missy Peregrym is a gorgeous Canadian actress who is currently getting good notices for performance as Officer Andy McNally in the crime drama, “Rookie Blue”.  The Toronto based series (which has been described as a “Grey’s Anatomy” for rookie cops) has just entered its fifth season and has received many nominations for Canadian drama awards, including one for Peregrym.

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Before “Rookie Blue”, Missy was probably best known for her debut big screen role, as rebellious gymnast Haley Graham in the 2006 late spring hit “Stick It”.  Starring alongside Jeff Bridges and Vanessa Lengies (of “American Dreams” fame), Missy plays an elite-level gymnast who has to battle a domineering mother, a nightmare coach and legal troubles to try and win a gymnastics invitational that will help her win a college scholarship.  The film proved to be a minor hit just before the summer blockbuster season, and it gave Missy her first real mainstream notices.

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(Credit: Dennis Van Tine /Landov)

Before Missy’s acting career began in 2002, she was born and raised in Canada (Born in Montreal, raised in British Columbia).  A self-described tomboy, she played soccer growing up and developed a strong affinity for snowboarding in her free time.  When she turned 18, she started modeling.  Among the campaigns she participated in were ones for Mercedes Benz, Sprint and the Olympics.  At age 20, she got her first acting role in a guest appearance in the Jessica Alba sci-fi drama “Dark Angel”.

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Missy’s time modeling, and her brief appearance on “Dark Angel”, lead to her getting another guest role on the “Chris Isaak Show” and then getting her first lead role, on the WB martial arts show “Black Sash” (which lasted only 8 episodes).  She followed up with more guest roles in shows like “Jake 2.0” and “Smallville” while also having a small part in the Heidi Fleiss biopic “Call Me”.

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In 2004, Missy scored another long-term role in the teen drama “Life As We Know It”.  It lasted a full season on ABC (and was notable for giving Kelly Osbourne her first non-reality tv role).  The next step for Missy was the humorous show “Reaper” on the CW.  For that show’s two season run, Missy played Andi Prendergast, the girlfriend of Sam Oliver (Bret Harrison) who has a secret job working as a bounty hunter for the Devil (played by Ray Wise).  She also had a multiple episode arc on “Heroes” before landing her current success with “Rookie Blue”.

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In her personal life, Missy is involved in philanthropic efforts.  In 2006, she partnered with TOMS shoes, a company known for providing free, safe shoes to impoverished communities.  Just this past summer, Missy also made an industry love match when she married “Chuck” star, Zachary Levi.

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In a recent romantic scene in “Rookie Blue”, a torso tattoo was visible on Missy.  A look at some of her other photo shoots show that it was not just something for her show’s character.  It was, in fact, a real tattoo of her’s.  Missy has been somewhat private about her body art.  So, I have not been able to determine what it says.  However, her are a few photos that show it.

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You can follow Missy on social media:

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/mperegrym

Instagram:  http://instagram.com/mperegrym

 

Celebrity Tattoo of the Day (“Nikita” Edition): Maggie Q

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The very stunning Maggie Q has been redefining fierce females roles since she started acting over a decade and a half ago.  Known best for her performance on CW spy series “Nikita” (the second television series based on the popular French film “La Femme Nikita”), Maggie has been steadily building a strong acting presence over the past decade or so.

MaggieQ_Pic02Born in Hawaii to an Irish/Polish father and Vietnamese mother, Margaret Quigley (Maggie’s full name) was very athletic student at Mililani High School, as she was active in cross-country, swimming and track & field.  She had intended to go study veterinary science in college.  However, even with an athletic scholarship, the finances were still not there to pursue that goal.  So, the girl who was voted “Best Body” in high school took a stab a modeling.

MaggieQ_Pic03   At the age of 17, Maggie went overseas to begin her modeling career.  She started in a Tokyo and made a stop in Taipei before finding the most success in Hong Kong.  In was in Hong Kong where she first caught the attention of Jackie Chan.  It wasn’t just Q’s beauty that put her on Chan’s radar.  It was the potential he saw in her becoming a top notch star for the strenuous type of action films Chan is noted for.  Despite not having any martial arts whatsoever, Maggie threw herself into an intensive training regimen that made all the difference.

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The payoff was Maggie getting a role in blockbuster film “Rush Hour 2”.  She also got roles in Hong Kong cinema actioners “Gen-Y Cops” and “Naked Weapon”.  Her affiliation with Jackie Chan also got her a part in Chan’s 2004 remake of “Around the World in 80 Days.”

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The 2006-2007, Maggie got her first real big time exposure as an action star and leading lady.  She starred as Zhen Lei, a member of Ethan Hunt’s Impossible Missions Force in “Mission Impossible III”.  She then portrayed the fierce second-in-command/love interest to arch-villain, Thomas Gabriel (Timothy Olyphant) in the surprisingly decent “Live Free or Die Hard”.  She also got to venture into the comedy realm with “Balls of Fury”.

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Most recently, Maggie just completed her lead role on the well-received “Nikita”.  After finishing this signature performance, she jumped right into the lead of the new CBS crime drama, “Stalker” (where she stars alongside former “The Practice” heartthrob, Dylan McDermott).  She also has a major role as Tori Wu in the blockbuster film trilogy, “Divergent”.

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One that thing that Maggie enjoyed about starring in “Nikita” was that she no longer needed to conceal her tattoos for a role.  Maggie’s most noticeable tattoo is a stunning large phoenix on her left hip.  For Maggie, it represents her struggle to grow and succeed in her chosen path; to rise from where she started to something more spectacular (quite an accurate metaphor).

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(Credit: CW)

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As you can see from the last picture, she also has a scripted phrase running along side her left torso (alas, I cannot find out its meaning).  Maggie also has a design of Asian characters on her left forearm and what appears to be Sanskrit on her right forearm.  However, I have not be able to find out their meaning either.

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You can find out more about Maggie at her fan site:  http://www.maggie-q.us/ 

You can follow Maggie on social media as well:

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/MaggieQ

Instagram:  http://instagram.com/maggieq_1