Sara Rue is a name that isn’t as known in the television world as she should be, with plenty of work throughout every major network in the past thirty years. While she’s led her own shows on occasion, she’s known for knocking small parts on popular shows like Big Bang Theory and Mom in various guest spots, so why hasn’t she taken another leading role lately?
Born in January of 1979 in New York City, Sara was the oldest of her parents’ two daughters, and the one that would take up both of their flair for the arts, growing up around the Broadway scene they were involved in. She would take an official leap into acting at the age of nine in 1988, starring in the stacked ensemble film Rocket Gibraltar alongside major names like Frances Conroy and Bill Pullman. Unfortunately, Kevin Spacey was invited, too.
Born to Act
Sara Rue would follow the film up in 1990, picking up a regular role in the television drama Grand for its one-season run before joining other shows like Phenom for one season in 1993. She would supplement the unfortunately canceled series with guest roles in television films and other running series throughout the decade, occasionally staying for longer stints of episodes.
She would hit a big break in 1999, landing a role as one of the supporting cast on teen drama Popular alongside Selma Blair and Carly Pope, both with massive star power at the time. She would appear in every episode of the show’s two seasons, and even impress Michael Bay so much with an audition he wrote her a part in his love story interrupted by an unfortunate bombing, Pearl Harbor.
Sara saw even more success and attention as she entered both adulthood and the new millennium simultaneously, picking up a small but memorable part as one of the ill-fated babysitters in The Ring and her own starring sitcom role in Less Than Perfect alongside current Shazam Zachary Levi and eternal asshole, Andy Dick. The show would be a massive success despite Dick’s presence, leading to a four-season run.
The Big Bang Theory
Despite her busy schedule dominating most of her time, she still managed to make other appearances in films like Idiocracy and a guest spot on Chuck Lorre’s Two and a Half Men, a role that would eventually lead her to a guest stint on The Big Bang Theory.
Unfortunately, Less Than Perfect got cut short of perfection, being unceremoniously canceled in 2006 with half of the fourth season left unaired. Sara Rue, like a lot of the other cast, would go on to pick up the pieces and move forward in any way they could, trying to find a new place to set up their acting passions.
Sara would be in flux for a bit, spending three episodes on The Big Bang Theory in season two before moving into a failed American remake of the British hit Spaced, originally starring Simon Pegg and created by Pegg, Nick Frost, and Edgar Wright. The attempted remake would be quickly panned, leading to only the pilot episode being made before getting scrapped hard.
Sara found a new series home in the Witches of Eastwick reboot, Eastwick for the one season it was on the air, and the same a couple of years later for Reba McEntire’s short-lived Malibu Country in 2012. Despite the turbulence and constant bouncing from place to place, Sara managed to keep trucking along until things paid off, hoping for the best.
Praise Be, A New Series
She would get some payoff in 2015, taking a lead role in TV Land’s Impastor for the show’s two-season run alongside co-Lead Michael Rosenbaum, Smallville’s Lex Luthor. After the show’s cancellation, she just kept the momentum going, hopping to the Netflix adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events as Olivia Caliban, a rare ally to the Baudelaire orphans. She would even get to keep working alongside co-star for her part Nathan Fillion, picking up a guest role on his show The Rookie.
What is Sara Rue doing now?
Sara is still going today, making appearances in The Rookie and other shows like B-positive, though she’s taken a significant step back to focus on the important things- namely, family. While Sara Rue was previously married to producer Mischa Livingstone, the two divorced in 2007 after six years of marriage, with Sara meeting her current husband Kevin Price a couple of years later. The two would marry in 2011.
Her family would continue to grow as well, with her first daughter born in 2013 and the couple adopted their second daughter in late 2016. Rue, with nothing on her schedule for the near future, seems to be content with taking her time off to be with her husband and daughters. She regularly posts updates about her family as well as throwbacks on her Instagram.
Though she’s taking a little break right now from the Hollywood grind, Sara still has plenty more ahead of her as a rather young actress in the world of Hollywood. Once she’s had her fill of family time and her kids grow up, we’ll surely see her back on the screen.