EXCLUSIVE: Sara Rue is the New Jenny Craig Spokesperson!

12/02/2009 at 09:00 AM ET

Alison Dyer

Valerie Bertinelli and Nicole Sullivan are about to be in even better company as Eastwick star Sara Rue joins them as the newest spokesperson for Jenny Craig. The 31-year-old actress tells PEOPLE that she can’t wait to start the program. “My weight has fluctuated my whole life, and because I’ve been on television since I was 11 years old, everyone has seen it,” she explains. “I think like so many women in this country I have a problem controlling what I eat sometimes based on my emotional health.” Bertinelli, who lost 40 pounds on Jenny Craig, tells PEOPLE that Rue “is me three years ago. She’s every woman who’s ever started a diet.” She will be a good spokesperson because, “she’s real. She’s honest.” Rue’s initial weight loss goal is 30 pounds. Then, she says, “we’ll see how my body looks, how I feel, and go from there.” Her first post-weight loss goal? “Rock climbing or wind surfing!” Rue says. “The things that I’m just too intimidated the size I am now to do.” But the big question remains: Does she want to follow in Bertinelli’s footsteps and sport a bikini? “If I look half as good as Valerie does at the end of this, maybe, possibly,” Rue says, smiling. “I don’t know if I’m more scared of sharks or being in a bathing suit. Maybe sharks, depending on the day.” For more on Rue, pick up the December 14 issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.–Monica Rizzo

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ariana on

wasn’t she big, then lost a ton of weight? why is she big again?

Amy on

I have the same body as Sara. It will be interesting to see her transformation. Go Sara!

Amanda on

I have an idea….how about Jenny Craig actually use REAL people, not celebrities. Celebrities can afford to go on Jenny Craig on their own. Real people have a much harder time paying for the prices of the Jenny Craig food. Anyone can lose weight when someone else is paying for it!!! Duh!!!!

Beth on

Couldn’t agree more with you Amanda.

To Ariana on

It’s easy to put the weight back on. Sara wasn’t super skinny when she lost weight, she’s a plus size not looking to be super thin.

Nannette on

I went on Jenny Craig years ago. It cost an arm and a leg then. The so-called counselors used abusive language toward me, but because I was determined to givie my weigh lost a jump-start, I stayed with it for awhile and lost 35 pounds. As soon as I went off her food, which was not very palatable, I gained it all back and more. Money lost; arm and a leg lost – the only thing gained by the experience was my weight back and more.

Lisa on

Girls, I couldn’t agree more. I would love to be able to afford the Jenny Craig diet…good luck to Sara though. Wish it were me..!

Yvette on

I so agree Jenny Craig what about reaching out to inspirational real people. I would love to do Jenny Craig but with my recent job loss that is not possible – Good luck Sara but what about using the real people in your ads also.

Vicki on

Aw, I fully support any person’s quest to be healthier, so “Go, Sarah!” But, I’ll admit, I’ve always thought she looked fantastic with a bit of weight on her. I’ve seen a few photos of her thinner self, and she really looked unrecognizable.

Kayla on

She doesn’t need to lose weight. She looks beautiful in this picture… beautiful and NORMAL. I am so sick of people thinking they have to be skin and bones to be beautiful!

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