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Currnetly starring on NBC's"Scrubs", Sarah won our hearts when she took over as "Becky" as on "Roseanne". The middle of three daughters, had by two adoption agency mediators, Sarah was raised in Vancouver, British Columbia. Chalke caught the performing bug early on. She started to act in musical theater productions at the age of 8. At 16, she had a spot as an environmental reporter for the Canadian children's program, KidZone. She kept busy with roles in made-for-TV movies like 1992's City Boy and 1993's Relentless: Mind of a Killer, but nothing compared to the big break that came her way in 1993, when she was cast as the second "Becky" on ABC's hit sitcom, Roseanne. To facilitate taping the show, Sarah moved to the San Fernando Valley as of the 1994-1995 season, after graduating from high school. She made a good replacement for Lecy Goranson (the original Becky), not only thanks to her physical resemblance to the actress, as many noted, but also for her bright appeal. After four years on the show, Roseanne came to a close in 1997. Throughout her time on Roseanne, Sarah appeared in many television movies. In 1998, though, one of them turned into a steady job. While back in Vancouver, she starred in the Canadian TV flick, Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy, and a role in the television series of the same name followed (her role earned her a Gemini nomination in 2000). When the series ended, Chalke still found work, albeit in very low-profile projects, such as 2000's Cinderella: Single Again and Spin Cycle, and 2001's Kill Me Later and XCU: Extreme Close Up. But her hard work soon paid off with a starring role in a popular NBC series. NBC's sitcom Scrubs has been likened to a comedic ER, and it shares the same night on NBC as part of Thursday's "Must-See TV" lineup. Since 2001, Sarah has played a central role as Dr. Elliot Reid, an extremely motivated and sarcastic yet compassionate medical intern. Although she admitted to wanting to quit acting and attend college that same year, Sarah shows no sign of leaving the show.
Chalke continues to migrate between California and British Columbia. She is fond of the outdoors, especially kayaking, hiking and skiing (she is a ski instructor). As well, she has a penchant for cooking Asian food with friends. She volunteers at a hospice for terminally ill children and has long worked for the Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund. Chalke was born on August 27, 1976, in Ontario, Canada. Her father is a lawyer and both her parents are mediators who also run a child adoption agency. Two years ago, she accompanied her parents to China to coordinate the adoption of several orphans there. She is vegetarian. Initially her father was not, but he eventually gave in due to family pressure. She has dogs named Harley and Tankers.
Sarah Chalke Talks About "Scrubs"
On the hit TV show "Scrubs," Sarah Chalke plays Dr. Elliott Reed, a whirlwind of a woman who obsessively worries about how she appears to other people. In person, Chalke is calm, cool and collected - the antithesis of 'Dr. Reed.'
“Scrubs” moved from Tuesdays to Thursdays this season. Are you happy with that move?
We are so psyched, absolutely.
The show has picked up a lot of viewers since the move. Were you surprised?
We were pretty psyched up to get that timeslot. “Friends” and “Will and Grace” are two of my favorite shows on television so to be sandwiched between the two of them was very exciting. We were definitely nervous because that timeslot comes along with more pressure than Tuesday nights. We've been really excited about that.
I think that we had a really loyal, great audience on Tuesdays and we were hoping that with the move, they would come with us. It looks like they have, so things are good and we are going to keep building.
Are they ever going to give you a real love interest?
Yes, actually they are. I wish I could tell you who but I've only heard rumors. They are working on that right now.
So it won't be someone who is already a regular on the show?
Well, definitely the J.D. storyline will continue. We'll see where it goes with that.
Do you think that's where your character should go? Would you like to see that happen?
Bill Lawrence who created the show basically decided at the beginning of the series that he didn't want to do the typical 'will they or won't they' storyline. So the first season about halfway through he just sort of put us together and then broke us up all within one episode. One of the ideas is to have us do that once a year - to have everything blow up in our faces and not work out. There's different ideas that are going around right now.
Is “Scrubs” a fun show to film?
I'm having the time of my life. I've never looked forward to going to work so much every day. I'm loving it; it's great. It's what I love to do and I wouldn't want to be doing anything else.
Why Sarah Chalke is famous?
Though the words "blonde hair, blue eyes" make us conjure images of bikini-sporting Scandinavian bombshells, Sarah is her own kind of blonde: pretty, glowing and mysterious. Her high cheekbones form the tips of her gracious, ever-present smile, while her slightly long nose is refreshingly natural and unfabricated. In our opinion, she out-foxes all the women of ER with her hospital duds and stethoscope allure. When Sarah took over as "Becky" on Roseanne, we had our doubts. Then she won us over. Now we're enamored with her.
Aside from Becky, Sarah Chalke has portrayed countless characters on television and in all kinds of films. She now stars as Dr. Elliot Reid on NBC's popular sitcom, Scrubs.
''I'm having the time of my life. I've never looked forward to going to work so much every day. I'm loving it; it's great. It's what I love to do and I wouldn't want to be doing anything else."
-Sarah Chalke, talking about her role on the NBC hit series Scrubs