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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Karen on

I have always thought she was adorable.

Nicole on

Couldn’t agree more with you Amanda.

Kathy on

Using celebrities isn’t selling anyone on the plan. They get the food for free. Most of us can’t afford it.

sa on

I’ve heard from many people that Jenny Craig is really expensive, that’s why I never bothered to try it. I like Sara, she is “every woman” too when it comes weight fluctuations. Good luck! Maybe Jenny Craig is keeping the prices high because they are giving the money for celebrity endorsements. Nutri-system works and is cheaper so if you don’t like to cook, unlike me, try that instead!

debbie on

You can do Jenny also if you really wanted to change your lifestyle!!! Jenny’s weekly cost of food is less than going out to eat with your family once a week. Priorities people!!! stop whinning and get off the couch and do something about it!!! At Jenny you learn to change your eating habits and if you learn nothing and dont continue on that path you WILL gain your weight back!! Try it you will love it!!! I do!!!

Debbie

ty on

I did Jenny Craig but I wasn’t really that serious about it…I definitely lost weight cuz it had me on schedule and the portion control…It’s expensive but at the same time it wasn’t like I was making my own meals before so I was probably spending a lot eating out also the food was good. Sticking with it is tough.

Kris on

I agree with Amanda, as well. Of course I would love to try Jenny Craig…but I am a stay at home mom who cannot afford the high cost of the products…I would love to look like those famous people…but if I had their money, I could afford the program, a personal trainer, some one to cook the meals….you get it, why don’t they?

k on

I like her…but I don’t like Jenny Craig at all and don’t support celebs that advertise there food. Honestly I have a hard time believing that they actually are losing their weight by eating the JC so called food. I know people that tried that, they would bring it into work…the frozen pizza…it literally only had a few tiny sprinkles cheese on it, co worker ate one bite and threw it out. So all of JC claims of how you can continue eating your favorites, including pizza, is a joke and so misleading.

No doubt that Valerie B. looks great now, but I’m sure that’s due to personal trainers and chefs, not JC cardboard food.

Nicole on

I think Sara is beautiful, big or little. It sucks when you loose and gain, loose and gain. GO SARA

Beth on

I think she looks great in the photo.

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