Sarah Chalke made her return to TV last month in the family comedy How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life). The actress stopped by our LA studios recently to talk about why this is the role she "relates to the most" in her career so far and why she thinks it resonates with a new generation of adults. Sarah also opened up about the personal story that inspired her recent guest appearance on Grey's Anatomy and weighed in on the potential of a Scrubs reunion. How to Live With Your Parents airs Wednesday nights on ABC. On Lindsay: BCBG blazer and Heather Gardener necklace.
She's played a doctor on TV, but that's not the reason former Scrubs regular Sarah Chalke wants you to get a flu shot. The star of the upcoming How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) is also a mother to 2-year-old son Charlie and is adamant about keeping him and other children healthy this Winter. It may sound early to be talking about the flu, but flu season typically starts in October, and it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to be effective. I spoke with Sarah about her involvement in the Faces of Influenza campaign and how she handles her son's vaccinations, and asked her to answer our Four Lil Questions.
LilSugar: Why did you choose to get involved in the Faces of Influenza campaign?
Sarah Chalke: I am a huge believer in the flu vaccine. I have had it every year and have never had the flu. My whole family gets it. I come from a long line of vaccinated Canadians, and so Charlie got a flu shot for the first time when he was 6 months old. It was always important to me and is even more important to me now, because the most important thing to me is keeping that lil nugget healthy and keeping myself healthy. I work with like 120 people and expose myself to so much, so it always has been important to me, and now even more so.
LilSugar: What is one of the biggest misconceptions about the flu?
SC: People don't always recognize how serious it can be, that there can be some serious complications from the flu and even death. People believe they'll be down for a few days and then be fine, and that's just not the case.
LilSugar: If you could tell families just one thing they needed to know about the flu shot, what would it be?
SC: If you're vaccinating your kid for the first time and they're between the ages of 6 months old and 8 years old, you need to give them two doses.
LilSugar: No one enjoys getting shots — parents or kids. How do you handle it when your son gets shots?
SC: Charlie actually came with me to get mine. It's not initially what I intended, but it ended up timing out that way and it ended up being great, because he saw that I got one too. [I said,] "You know what, buddy, I'm making my body stronger and it's just going to take two seconds, and then I'm going to be all done and my body's going to be so strong." When we went to go get his, I told him the same thing, and he said, "To make my body stronger!" He's a little guy and cried for two seconds and that's it. It's so quick and it's so easy and we bring in a little game or his favorite movie (Cars). Distraction and a quick treat and you're done!
We loved Sarah Chalke in at least the first five or six seasons of Scrubs, as Dr. Stella on How I Met Your Mother, and as Becky number two in the '90s comedy Roseanne, but we're excited to see her in a new part. She just accepted a role as a new congresswoman in ABC's upcoming comedy Freshman. The network describes her character:
[A] sharp and funny freshman congresswoman who was the VP at a multibillion dollar company when she was just 28, and who won her district with the largest margin of any candidate since 1977.
Sounds worth watching, but it's oddly being produced by Arianna Huffington, founder of the Huffington Post. Story aggregation to TV — why not?
It may be hard to top hot dog eating contests and faux pregnancies, but the networks are going to have to find a way to come up with more clever pregnancy fodder to inject into their story lines with the number of network ladies firing up buns in their ovens. ABC has quite a few expectant mamas in its lineup while NBC, CBS, and Lifetime aren't too far behind in the baby bump race. Tiffani Thiessen plans to put parenthood on hold since she's signed on to a new show, but she may find inspiration in these fuller tummied leading ladies.
Jennifer Aniston looked stunning in silver at the Women In Film 2009 Crystal And Lucy Awards in LA on Friday. Chelsea Handler sneaked in a joke about John Mayer as she presented Jennifer with the Crystal Award for Excellence in Film. Aniston responded by making fun of her own love life saying, "I have a strange parallel with movies I was doing and my life off screen. First, it was The Good Girl...which evolved into Rumor Has It, followed by Derailed. Then there was The Breakup. Followed by the lighter side, Friends With Money. If anyone has a movie called Everlasting Love With an Adult Stable Man, that would be great! I'm at table six, and my agents are at table 12." Love her sense of humor.
Jennifer was joined on the red carpet by some of her fellow leading ladies like Jodie Foster, Elizabeth Banks and Holly Hunter. Up-and-coming star Selena Gomez was surrounded by some great role models while Jenny McCarthy kept it sleek in her pantsuit. Catherine Hardwicke has had quite a whirlwind year in the success of Twilight but now she's shifting her focus elsewhere as she and Emile Hirsch take on Hamlet.
This was all a bit more clear-cut a year ago, when Scrubs made the leap from NBC to ABC for what was supposed to be its final season. Braff said he was done (though he's said he'd be willing to drop by again), and creator Bill Lawrence started working on another show. But within the past few months, there have been rumblings that Scrubs could keep going, even without Braff, Lawrence, or any of the other original cast members who move on to other jobs.
So maybe we should just call tonight JD's big farewell and leave it at that? The episode takes place during his final shift at Sacred Heart, and it's designed to give closure to a number of storylines. Whether we need that closure or not remains to be seen, but it looks like it should be a sweet reward for Scrubs fans who have stuck by the show for all these years. Will you be watching the finale — and do you think it should be the last episode of Scrubs ever? To check out a couple of clips, just read more
Even the biggest fitness fanatic has been known to get bored with her workouts, and it's good to keep our bodies guessing and our minds motivated by changing up the routine. Underrated actress Sarah Chalke from Scrubs and How I Met Your Mother knows that adding variety to her workouts is the best way to keep her on track, something she says is more important since turning 30.
The charming 32-year-old actress told People that she noticed a difference once she exited her 20s, saying, "I had to really keep up with working out. You can't get lax about it anymore." Like many of us, Sarah admits, "If I do one thing I would get way too bored." She likes to break away from her routine by incorporating things like hiking with her dog, doing yoga, and participating in boot-camp workouts.
How do you mix up your workouts to prevent boredom?
Continuing the LBD attack is actress Sarah Chalke. Tonight she turned up in a black satin Dolce & Gabbana halter dress with sexy corset detail. She kept her accessories black, too. Interesting peep toe pumps, a chunky ring, bracelet, and a small clutch round out the look. Do you approve?
Sarah Chalke smiled for the cameras while stopping by The Late Show yesterday to meet David Letterman for the first time. The How I Met Your Mother and Scrubs star had Buzz laughing at the TCAs, and last night was no different — Sarah joked about having a round face and told a funny story about losing her engagement ring, while Dave shamelessly flirted. Sarah's quirky charm and attitude were endearing as usual, so it's no wonder she scored a spot on our 10 Most Underrated Actresses list.
To see the video of Sarah's interview and more photos, just read more