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Sarah Chalke : A Born And Bred TV Actress

  Sarah Chalke has literally been brought up in front of our television screens and has served extended periods of time on three very famous and long-running American shows. The
28 Feb 2016 08:30
Sarah Chalke : A Born And Bred TV Actress

 

Sarah Chalke has literally been brought up in front of our television screens and has served extended periods of time on three very famous and long-running American shows.

The first big American comedy show that brought her to the attention of the viewers was when she played a rebellious and confused teenager named Becky Conner who had to deal with an overbearing, but nevertheless caring mother in the hit show Roseanne.

The show itself was a great success and had Roseanne Bar and John Goodman playing the roles of her parents. Sarah enjoyed five wonderful years from 1993 to 1997 honing her craft on a big budget set and loved the experience.

After leaving the hit comedy show, Sarah decided to venture out and look for a different and more challenging task and came across the perfect role for her.

In fact the show she was about to join was even more successful than the one she left.

In this new show, Sarah was to play a character role by the name of Dr Elliot Reid and the show ran for a whopping 10 years from 2001 on prime time American TV. The name of the show was of course Scrubs.

During the 10 years on the show, Sarah starred in 171 episodes making her contribution a stunning one show every three weeks for the duration of 10 years.

Anyone who knows television will appreciate that this is no mean feat by any stretch of the imagination.

The final big television production that Sarah dedicated herself to was a sitcom comedy that had her playing a recurring role of Dr Stella Zinman for seven years starting from 2008 to 2014. The name of this comedy show was How I Met Your Mother.

These three television shows gave Sarah a prime time spot on American television for over 21 years, making her debut at the age of 16 years with Roseanne and bowing out in 2014 with the show How I Met Your Mother at 38 years old.

I recently caught up with Sarah in New York to see what plans she had going forward with her television career, but it was her personal life that she was more interested in sharing.

Sarah had given birth to a baby boy called Charles who is now six years old. Baby Charles earlier suffered terribly from an ailment that doctors could not identify.

Sarah described having so many sleepless nights and searching the internet tirelessly for clues that could solve her baby’s illness.

After much research and many tests, it was found that baby Charles had an illness called Kawasaki disease, an illness that causes inflammation in a child’s blood vessels.

Those who don’t receive treatment urgently have a one in four chance of developing heart disease. Luckily Sarah managed to get the treatment done and now her son is a happy and carefree child with no ailments.

Once the family recovered from the serious scare, Sarah began seeking out ways to educate parents on the perils of this disease and she did so by participating in the American TV hit show Grey’s Anatomy and was actually allowed to portray a mother who fights for a diagnosis for her child suffering from Kawasaki disease.

Reliving her experience on set hit close to home for her, but she used this massive platform to great effect getting her message across to a worldwide audience.

This is a good example of an actress using her real life medical experience to share with the masses. Edited by Maikeli Seru.

 The writer is a Fiji Sun  columnist.

Feedback:  ajay@carvingdream.com

 

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