At the turn of the century, Sarah Chalke believed her fifteen minutes on American television had passed. She had gotten the acting bug while a child in her native Canada and some minor roles in modest Canadian productions in her teens may have been enough to satiate the entertainment thirst. But an opportunity – albeit a long shot – arose in 1993 that demonstrated Sarah’s “caution to the wind” mentality. The role of Becky on ABC’s “Roseanne” had opened as actress Lecy Goransen stepped down to go to college. For the fun of it, and despite her minimum credentials, Sarah auditioned. She got it.
As it would later prove, “Roseanne” was not the only long-running television show Sarah would participate in, but at the time she believed this would indeed be the peak of her career. The exposure on the ABC sitcom paved the way in the mid-1990s for some standard made-for-TV fare such as “Dead Ahead” and “Stand Against Fear.” “Roseanne” folded in 1997 prompting Sarah to wander through TV and low-grade film work, such as the 1999 action thriller “Y2K” with Louis Gossett, Jr. She returned to Canada television for the short-lived “Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy” before the lights shut that set down in 1999. At this point, Sarah believed perhaps a career move to become a dental hygienist was her new calling, and in 2000 it was generally considered that Sarah Chalke’s acting days were numbered. And then there was “Scrubs.”
As Dr. Elliot Reed on the NBC show, Sarah had found the most ideal part of her career – and the growing fan base and devotion to the show was only icing on the cake. At least through the latter part of the 2000s “Scrubs” was Sarah’s calling card, despite some film roles in “Cake,” “Chaos Theory,” and “Mama’s Boy.” She guest starred on “How I Met Your Mother” on ABC, but when “Scrubs” eventually closes its doors, Sarah should have no problem in continuing to forge a life on the American screen. She stuck to her guns throughout the low points of her career, has given fans a heroine in Elliot Reed, and can claim to be part of some unique projects of the 1990s and 2000s.
Sarah on the Web
Sarah’s ultimate web resource.
TV Guide: Sarah Chalke
Photos and video clips from Sarah’s recent work.
Lengthy bio, links to her new films, and more photos.
Brief bio with Sarah’s complete filmography.
Sarah Chalke Online
Fansite with latest information and pics of Sarah.
Sarah and the “Scrubs” cast chat about the show.
Sarah on Video
TV.com: Sarah Chalke Videos
A couple video clips of Sarah in a PSA and interview.
Brief clip from an episode.
TV Guide: Sarah Chalke
Behind the scenes with Sarah on “How I Met Your Mother.”
Sarah on the Screen
Her first role was on the Canadian project “City Boy” in 1992. She also has the distinguished honor of appearing in “Ernest Goes to School” in 1994 (credited as Sarah Chalk). She’s Becky Conner-Healy for 69 episodes of “Roseanne,” Katy in “All Shook Up,” Cinderella in “Cinderella: Single Again,” the voice of Marie Antoinette for 3 episodes on “Clone High,” Jane in “Cake,” Geralyn Lucas in the 2006 TV movie “Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy,” Dr. Elliot Reed on “Scrubs,” and Stella Zinman for three episodes on “How I Met Your Mother.”
Heading into its 9th season, “Scrubs” will be leaving NBC for ABC (the studio that actually produces the show), and Sarah is still along for the ride.
On the paparazzi:
“Your home should be your home. People shouldn't be allowed to use whatever crazy lenses they use to catch you waking up in the morning.”