"Before getting ‘Scrubs,’ I had always threatened myself I'd have to become a dental hygienist if I quit acting - to me, that would be the hardest job. I would tell myself, 'Just stick it out for a little longer.' It definitely was a turning point." Sarah Chalke.
Canadian actress Sarah Chalke first received attention while portraying Becky Conner (1993-1997; replacing Alicia Goranson), Roseanne and Dan’s oldest daughter, on the popular ABC-TV sitcom “Roseanne.” In 2001, she regained recognition, thanks to the female lead character of socially awkward medical intern Dr. Elliot Reid (2001-Present) on NBC's popular sitcom “Scrubs.” Next, she will appear in the upcoming comedy films Chaos Theory, alongside Ryan Reynolds, Emily Mortimer and Stuart Townsend, and Mama's Boy, starring Diane Keaton and Jon Heder.
The 5' 6'' tall blue-eyed blonde is currently engaged to her boyfriend, entertainment lawyer Jamie Afifi. The couple, both of whom hail from Canada, have been dating since 2003.
Childhood and Family:
Born on 27 August 1976 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Sarah Cassandra Chalke grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her mother, Angie, comes from Rostock, Germany, and her father, Doug Chalke, is a lawyer. Both of them are mediators who also run a child adoption agency. The middle child of the family, Sarah has an older sister named Natasha and a younger sister named Piper.
Sarah graduated from High School in 1995, while shooting the 1994-1995 season of "Roseanne" (1988). She speaks German and French fluently and is a vegetarian. She has dogs named Harley and Tankers, and a brown Labrador named Lola, which the “Scrubs” cast members bought to her under an auction. During her offs, she enjoys cooking with friends (especially Thai and sushi), playing the guitar, hiking, skiing (she's an instructor), snowboarding, kayaking and reading. Sarah, who maintains to migrate between California and British Columbia, also volunteers at a hospice for terminally ill children and works for the Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund.
“I don’t smoke, I try to eat right, and I love doing yoga and going for hikes with my dog.” Sarah Chalke.
At the age of 8, Sarah Chalke began appearing in local Vancouver musical theater productions. In 1989, she did a "The More You Know" spot on the NBC's series of public service announcements (PSAs) and was hired as an environmental reporter for the Canadian series “Kid Zone” in 1992. She soon landed more TV jobs, including in the adventure drama inspired by Gene Stratton-Porter's novel, City Boy (1992), the crime drama Relentless: Mind of a Killer (1993), and the female buddy drama Woman on the Ledge (1993). She was also spotted as a guest in an episode of Canadian drama "Neon Rider" and Canada's CBC's half-hour adventure-fantasy series for children, "The Odyssey."
1993 marked Sarah’s with her big break role as Becky Conner, Roseanne (played by Roseanne Barr) and Dan’s (played by John Goodman) oldest daughter who is quite bright and is an overachiever, but also quick-tempered sometimes, on ABC’s long-running sitcom, “Roseanne.” She got the role after Alicia Goranson, who played the original Becky, quit the show to go to college. Although she was once replaced by Lecy Goranson in the role of Becky for the 1995-1996 season, Sarah soon returned to the show and stayed until it ended in 1997.
During her “Roseanne” years, Sarah appeared in many TV movies, including Ernest Goes to School (1994), Beyond Obsession (1994; based on Richard Hammer's book), Robin of Locksley (1996), Dead Ahead (1996; alongside Stephanie Zimbalist) and Stand Against Fear (1996). In 1997, she could be seen in such made-for-TV movies as the fact-based true crime story Daughters, the sport drama A Child's Wish and the college drama Dying to Belong (alongside Hilary Swank). She also appeared in an episode of the Western series starring Kris Kristofferson, "Dead Man's Gun."
The next year, Sarah returned to Vancouver to star in the Canadian TV flick, Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy, and in its television series version, which based upon the adventures of author and rancher Richmond P. Hobson, Jr. in Northern British Columbia. Her role as Gloria McIntosh later received a Gemini nomination in 2000. She followed it up with a quite low-profile film projects like Kellie Benz' romantic comedy Cinderella: Single Again (2000; she played the title role opposite Christopher Shyer), Scott Marshall's comedy Spin Cycle (2000), Dana Lustig's drama thriller Kill Me Later (2001; starring Selma Blair) and Sean S. Cunningham's XCU: Extreme Close Up (2001).
"When I first opened the script and read the pilot, I was laughing out loud. I just hadn't seen anything on the air like it and I wanted to be a part of it." Sarah Chalke (on her role in “Scrubs”).
2001 marked another breakout year for Sarah. Instead of quitting acting to attend college as she had planned before, she played the female lead role of socially awkward medical intern Dr. Elliot Reid, Zach Braff's Dr. John 'J.D.' Dorian's close friend, on NBC’s sitcom "Scrubs." The role later earned Sarah a Teen Choice Award nomination for Choice TV Actress – Comedy.
On her role on the NBC hit series “Scrubs,” Sarah explained: "I'm having the time of my life. I've never looked forward to going to work so much every day. I'm loving it; it's great. It's what I love to do and I wouldn't want to be doing anything else."
Meanwhile, Sarah voiced Marie Antoinette/X-Stream Erin on several episodes of MTV and Teletoon's animated sitcom "Clone High" in 2002-2003 and appeared in the comedy TV-movie Awesometown in 2005. She was also seen in 2005 romantic comedy films: Evan Oppenheimer's Alchemy, in which she co-starred opposite Thomas Cavanagh, and Nisha Ganatra's Cake, starring Heather Graham.
Recently, in 2006, Sarah, who lost her aunt and grandmother to breast cancer, went to play the lead in Lifetime's movie Why I Wore Lipstick To My Mastectomy, in her effort to encourage breast cancer awareness. It’s a biopic based on Geralyn Lucas' book about a young woman tries to maintain a positive attitude while fighting breast cancer. She also spent her summer performing on stage in New York in the off-Broadway production of “Modern Orthodox and then in the drama “Create Fate” in Williamstown.
Sarah is currently on set and will soon complete her upcoming films: Marcos Siega's romantic drama comedy Chaos Theory (alongside Ryan Reynolds, Emily Mortimer and Stuart Townsend) and Tim Hamilton's comedy Mama's Boy, starring Diane Keaton and Jon Heder.
“I'm having the time of my life. I've never looked forward to going to work so much every day. I'm loving it; it's great. It's what I love to do and I wouldn't want to be doing anything else." Sarah Chalke.