Sara Rue

Sara Rue

Rue in September 2010
Born Sara Schlackman
(1979-01-26) January 26, 1979
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1988–present
Spouse(s) Mischa Livingstone (m. 2001; div. 2007);
Kevin Price (m. 2011)
Children 1

Sara Rue (born January 26, 1979) is an American television actress. She is best 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 best friend of Jeff Bingham. She also had a regular role as Kim on the short-lived ABC sitcom Malibu Country, and currently appears in the main cast of the TV Land comedy series Impastor.

Early life

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.[1] The elder of two daughters, she was raised in New York, where her parents were active in Broadway theatres. She is Jewish.[2]


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; Popular and 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 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.

In October 2010, Rue joined the cast of Rules of Engagement in a recurring role as Brenda, Jeff and Audrey's new surrogate.[3]

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.[4]

Rue starred in the ABC show Malibu Country as Reba McEntire's upbeat trophy wife neighbor, Kim Sallinger.[5] Malibu Country ran for one season (2012–13). Rue had the title role of Deb Dorfman in the movie Dorfman in Love (2012).[6]

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.[7] The show is in its second season as of 2016.

Personal life

Rue married director/writer/producer Mischa Livingstone in 2001, and they divorced in 2007.[8] Rue married teacher[9] Kevin Price on May 21, 2011, in a traditional Jewish wedding.[10][11] She gave birth to their first child, daughter Talulah Rue Price, on February 9, 2013.[12]



Year Title Role Notes
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
2002 The Ring Babysitter
2005 Barbara Jean Barbara Jean Short film
2006 Danny Roane: First Time Director Charlotte Lewis
Idiocracy Attorney General "Fun Bags" (Uncredited)
2008 Man Maid Torry
2009 Not Since You Sarah 'Doogs' Doogins
2010 For Christ's Sake Candy
2011 Dorfman in Love Deb Dorfman
2013 Miss Dial Sam


Year Title Role Notes
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 Jones, KimberlyKimberly 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"
2000 Will & Grace Joyce Adler Episode: "Lows in the Mid-Eighties"
1999–2001 Popular Carmen Ferrara Main role (43 episodes)
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
Spaced Apryl 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–present Mom Candace Recurring role (7 episodes)
2015–present Impastor Dora Winston Main role
2016 Don't Wake Mommy Beth Television movie
2016 Bones (TV series) Karen Delfs TV show


  1. Sara Rue profile, Retrieved March 17, 2012.
  2. Pine, Dan (July 19, 2012). "Gould, 'centered and grateful,' to accept award at festival". Retrieved 2016-07-09. Rue, like Gould, is Jewish, so spicing up their characters with Jewish inflections came easily to both.
  3. "Rue joins 'Rules of Engagement' cast". UPI. October 11, 2010.
  4. Andreeva, Nellie (December 5, 2011). "The CW Buys Comedy Written By And Starring Sara Rue". Deadline Hollywood.
  5. Andreeva, Nellie (March 1, 2012). "Leah Remini, Sara Rue join ABC comedies". Deadline Hollywood.
  6. "Sara Rue entry". Retrieved 2012-07-21.
  7. "Sara Rue To Co-Star In TV Land Comedy Pilot 'Impastor'". July 2, 2014. Retrieved October 4, 2014.
  8. "Actress Sara Rue Files for Divorce". People. November 10, 2007.
  9. Gomez, Patrick (January 13, 2011). "Sara Rue Has Finally Hired a Wedding Planner". People.
  10. Cedenheim, Pernilla (May 21, 2011). "Sara Rue Married Kevin Price". People. Retrieved 2012-07-21.
  11. "Exclusive: Newlywed Sara Rue: 'I've Never Been Happier", Us, May 21, 2011
  12. "Sara Rue Welcomes Baby Girl Talulah! | E! Online UK". February 15, 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-28.
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