Sara Rue (born January 26, 1979) is an American actress. She is known for her performances as Carmen Ferrara on Popular, and as Claude Casey on Less than Perfect. In 2011, she hosted The CW reality series Shedding for the Wedding. She had a recurring role in the comedy Rules of Engagement, where she played Brenda, the softball teammate and good friend of Jeff Bingham. She also had a regular role as Kim on the short-lived ABC sitcom Malibu Country, and appeared in the main cast of the TV Land comedy series Impastor. She is also known for her role as Olivia Caliban in the second season of A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Rue in September 2010
January 26, 1979
(m. 2001; div. 2007)
Sara Rue was born Sara Schlackman in New York City, the daughter of Joan Schlackman (née Rue), a municipal employee and former actress, and Marc Schlackman, a stage manager. The elder of two daughters, she was raised in New York, where her parents were active in Broadway theatre. She is Jewish.
Rue began her acting career at the age of nine, appearing in the 1988 film Rocket Gibraltar as Kevin Spacey's daughter. Rue played a very young Roseanne in the first meeting of Roseanne and Dan at a dance on the TV show Roseanne.
She starred in the comedy Grand, before going on to work on Phenom; Minor Adjustments; Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane; ER; The Division and Popular. From 2002 to 2006, she starred in the main role of Claude Casey on the ABC sitcom Less than Perfect. She has appeared in several films: A Map of the World, Can't Hardly Wait, A Slipping Down Life, Idiocracy, Gypsy 83 and had a small part as a babysitter in Gore Verbinski's adaptation of The Ring. She impressed director Michael Bay so much that a role was written into the movie Pearl Harbor for her.
Rue appeared uncredited in the 2006 Mike Judge film Idiocracy, in the role of the Attorney General. In 2006, Rue starred in the stage musical Little Egypt with French Stewart, Jenny O'Hara and Gregg Henry at the Matrix Theatre in Los Angeles. She guest-starred in Two and a Half Men as Berta's pregnant youngest daughter. She had a stint on the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory, playing Leonard Hofstadter's physician girlfriend Dr Stephanie Barnett for three episodes. Her first appearance on the show occurred on November 17, 2008. In 2009, Rue appeared in the movies Man Maid and For Christ's Sake. She starred on the short-lived 2009 series Eastwick, based on the novel and movie The Witches of Eastwick.
It was announced in December, 2011 that Rue would be writing and starring in a new show on The CW called Poseurs, about a young woman named Lucy whose life is upended when her fiancé moves out and her fresh-from-rehab collegiate best friend, Alexandra, moves in. The two friends pose as a lesbian couple and actually get married in order to stay in the nice apartment building that only allows married couples.
Rue starred in the ABC show Malibu Country as Reba McEntire's upbeat trophy wife neighbor, Kim Sallinger. Malibu Country ran for one season (2012–13). Rue had the title role of Deb Dorfman in the movie Dorfman in Love (2012).
Since 2014, Rue has appeared in a recurring role as Candace on the CBS sitcom Mom. In 2015, she was cast as main character Dora in the TV Land comedy Impastor. The show was cancelled after its second season in 2016. Rue has a recurring role as Nancy Granville on ABC's American Housewife.
Rue married director/writer/producer Mischa Livingstone in 2001, and they divorced in 2007. Rue married teacher Kevin Price on May 21, 2011, in a traditional Jewish wedding. She gave birth to their first child, a daughter in February 2013. She and Price adopted a second daughter in November 2016.
|1988||Rocket Gibraltar||Jessica Hanson|
|1992||Passed Away||Megan Scanlan|
|1998||Can't Hardly Wait||Earth Girl|
|Nowhere to Go||a.k.a. Silent Hearts (USA: TV title)|
|1999||A Slipping-Down Life||Violet|
|A Map of the World||Debbie|
|2001||Pearl Harbor||Nurse Martha|
|Gypsy 83||Gypsy Vale|
|2005||Barbara Jean||Barbara Jean||Short film|
|2006||Danny Roane: First Time Director||Charlotte Lewis|
|Idiocracy||Attorney General "Fun Bags" (Uncredited)|
|2009||Not Since You||Sarah 'Doogs' Doogins|
|2010||For Christ's Sake||Candy|
|2011||Dorfman in Love||Deb Dorfman|
|1990||Grand||Edda Pasetti||Main role (26 episodes)|
|1992||Roseanne||Teenage Roseanne||Episode: "Halloween IV"|
|1993–94||Phenom||Monica||Recurring role (14 episodes)|
|1995||Blossom||Angie||Episode: "Mating Rituals"|
|1995||Family Reunion: A Relative Nightmare||Jacquelyn||Television movie|
|1995–96||Minor Adjustments||Darby Gladstone||Main role (20 episodes)|
|1996||ER||Jane||Episode: "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"|
|Pearl||Bertha Sugs||Episode: "Ticket to Ride "|
|For My Daughter's Honor||Kimberly Jones||Television movie; a.k.a. Indecent Seduction|
|1997||Ned & Stacey||Amy||Episode: "Prom Night"|
|Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child||Younger Sister (voice)||Episode: "The Golden Goose"|
|1998||Chicago Hope||Rhonda Fritz||Episode: "The Ties That Bind"|
|The Simple Life||Melanie||Episodes: "Pilot", "Sara's Ex", and "The Luke & Sara Show"|
|1999||Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane||Breeny Kennedy||Episodes: "Everything You Wanted to Know About Zoe", "To Jack, from Zoe", and "Sympathy for Jack"|
|1999–2001||Popular||Carmen Ferrara||Main role (43 episodes)|
|2000, 2018||Will & Grace||Joyce Adler||Episodes: "Lows in the Mid-Eighties" (season 3), "One Job" (season 9)|
|2002–03||The Division||Amanda McCafferty||Episodes: "Hide and Seek", "Remembrance", and "Acts of Betrayal"|
|2003||MADtv||The Babysitter||Episode #9.11|
|2002–06||Less than Perfect||Claudia "Claude" Casey||Main role (81 episodes)|
|2003||This Time Around||Gabby Castellani||Television movie|
|2006||Play Nice||Television movie|
|2006–07||Two and a Half Men||Naomi||Episodes: "Repeated Blows to His Unformed Head" and "Castrating Sheep in Montana"|
|2007||Nurses||Chris Korenek||Television movie|
|2008||The Big Bang Theory||Dr. Stephanie Barnett||Episodes: "The Lizard-Spock Expansion", "The White Asparagus Triangulation" and "The Vartabedian Conundrum"|
|Nightmare at the End of the Hall||Courtney||Television movie|
|2009||Leverage||Marissa Devins||Episode: "The Mile High Job"|
|2009–10||Eastwick||Penny Higgins||Main role (13 episodes)|
|2010||Private Practice||Shira Cole||Episode: "Til Death Do Us Part"|
|2011||Shedding for the Wedding||Herself – Host||Regular (5 episodes)|
|RuPaul's Drag Race 3||Herself – Guest Judge||Episodes: "Face, Face, Face of Cakes" and "RuPaul Rewind"|
|2012||Psych||Amy Alleris||Episode: "Heeeeere's Lassie"|
|2012–13||Malibu Country||Kim Sallinger||Main role (18 episodes)|
|2010–13||Rules of Engagement||Brenda||Recurring role (12 episodes)|
|2011||My Future Boyfriend||Elizabeth Barrett||Television movie|
|2014–16||Mom||Candace||Recurring role (7 episodes)|
|2015–16||Impastor||Dora Winston||Main role (20 episodes)|
|2015||Don't Wake Mommy||Beth||Television movie|
|2016-17||Bones||Karen Delfs||Recurring role (7 episodes)|
|2017||All For Love||Jo||Television Film (Hallmark Channel)|
|2017–present||American Housewife||Nancy Granville||Recurring role|
|2018||A Series of Unfortunate Events||Olivia Caliban||Recurring role (7 episodes)|
|2018||The Rookie||Nell Forester||2 episodes|
|2019||True Love Blooms||Vikki||Television Film (Hallmark Channel)|
- Sara Rue profile, FilmReference.com. Retrieved March 17, 2012.
- Pine, Dan (July 19, 2012). "Gould, 'centered and grateful,' to accept award at festival". Jweekly.com. Retrieved 2016-07-09.
Rue, like Gould, is Jewish, so spicing up their characters with Jewish inflections came easily to both.
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- "Sara Rue To Co-Star In TV Land Comedy Pilot 'Impastor'". Deadline Hollywood. July 2, 2014. Retrieved October 4, 2014.
- Petski, Denise (June 9, 2017). "'Series Of Unfortunate Events': Nathan Fillion, Tony Hale, Sara Rue, Lucy Punch & Roger Bart Join Season 2 Cast". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
- "Actress Sara Rue Files for Divorce". People. November 10, 2007.
- Gomez, Patrick (January 13, 2011). "Sara Rue Has Finally Hired a Wedding Planner". People.
- Cedenheim, Pernilla (May 21, 2011). "Sara Rue Is Married". People. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
- "Exclusive: Newlywed Sara Rue: 'I've Never Been Happier", Us, May 21, 2011
- "Sara Rue Welcomes Baby Girl Talulah!". Eonline.com. February 15, 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-28.
- "Sara Rue Welcomes Baby Girl Through Adoption -- See the Sweet Family Photo!". etonline.com. November 26, 2016. Retrieved 2017-04-18.