Meet Sarah Chalke of 'Scrubs'
Today's cuppa: Harrod's English Breakfast No. 14 tea
"Scrubs" makes its ABC debut tonight, and below find my syndicated profile of of star Sarah Chalke. Bonus Chalke quotes follow tomorrow, but today, here's a little comment about her beverage preferences from her "Alchemy" co-star and fellow Canadian Tom Cavanaugh, as he was kind enough to get me a hot cuppa coffee during an interview for his upcoming series "Trust Me."
"She has what she calls 'hot beverage addiction,' which I love."
HCTV loves it too, Tom. Sarah Chalke, this Hot Cuppa's for you...
Chalke wants to keep 'Scrubs'
On Tuesday, Jan. 6, the single-camera comedy "Scrubs" returns for what may be its last season, but its first on ABC. Always a production of ABC Studios, it spent its first seven seasons on NBC, but when the Peacock passed on a final run of episodes, ABC stepped in.
On this day at the show's set -- an abandoned hospital in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley -- it's the last day of shooting, and Sarah Chalke, who plays Dr. Elliot Reid, is thinking that this just might be the final, actual end.
"It's weird," she says. "This is the first time people have taken mementos. We were never allowed to do that in the past.
"I'm going to miss coming to work and them saying, 'OK, today, you and Donald Faison are putting bedpans on your feet, and you're having a bedpan race around the hospital, or you're going to do a pelvic exam and accidentally give the character an orgasm."
If what she got to do on "Scrubs" wasn't strange enough, shooting the show offered unusual opportunities of its own.
"We had an impromptu hootenanny the other night," Chalke says, referring to a party that sprang up when actor Sam Lloyd and his group, the Blanks (called the "Worthless Peons" on the show), began singing and playing guitars.
"People started dancing," Chalke says. "It was a mosh pit, and it just progressed. People were coming out of their dressing rooms, until this whole area out here was full.
"It's something about being sequestered in this creepy abandoned hospital. It's like you're out on an island by yourself. We get away with a lot over here."
Birthplace: Ottawa, Ontario
TV cred: "Robin of Locksley," "Roseanne," "Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy," "Clone High," "How I Met Your Mother." She also guest starred on such shows as "Neon Rider," "The Odyssey," "Dead Man's Gun" and "First Wave."
Movie cred: "All Shook Up," "Y2K," "Spin Cycle," "Cinderella: Single Again," "Kill Me Later," "XCU: Extreme Close Up," "Alchemy," "Cake," "Chaos Theory," "Mama's Boy."
Charity cred: After losing her aunt and grandmother to breast cancer, Chalke encourages awareness of the disease and starred in the Lifetime movie "Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy."
Here are some of Chalke's favorite things...
Favorite books: "Favorite book I read this year is 'What Is the What' by Dave Eggers. My favorite book of all time is 'A Confederacy of Dunces' by John Kennedy Toole."
Favorite music: "My fave musician is Joshua Radin. 'We Were Here' and his new album 'Simple Times' are both awesome. My favorite songs of his are 'I'd Rather Be With You,' 'Someone Else's Life' and 'The Fear You Won't Fall.' He has the most incredible lyrics and voice."
Favorite movies: "My fave movie of the year is 'Slumdog Millionaire.' My favorite movies ever are 'Amelie,' 'Harold and Maude,' 'The Jerk' and 'This Is Spinal Tap.' "
BTW, the good folks at Lifetime remind me that Chalke has signed on to star in "Maneater," a four-hour miniseries based on Gigi Levangie Grazer's best-selling novel of the same name.
She plays Clarissa Alpert, a single almost-32-year-old socialite (who only admist to 28) in Hollywood who launches an elaborate plan to marry a hot new producer. Timothy Busfield directs the Sony Pictures Television production from a screenplay by Suzanne Martin.
"Maneater" is set to air in 2009.