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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Cynthia on

I agree with everyone that commented Jenny Craig should use real people. I’d love to try either Jenny or NutriSystem but can’t afford that food on top of food for my family. I wish Sara well on her very public journey.

Ferretlover on

I love Sara – if she feels she wants to lose weight, that is her decision. You go, girl!

Tina on

I do remember her losing a lot of weight. She looked a little strange that way, to me. I think she’s very attractive just the way she is. But good luck to her, if that’s what she wants. Some people are not meant to be thin. It’s not their body makeup. Take The View’s Sherri Sheppard. Now I like her & she’s attractive but her upper body doesn’t match her lower body. She’s got these broad shoulders to support her ample bossom and then a tiny, narrow bottom. It’s weird. Lover her though.

Katie on

To those of you who have tried just the DIET route, may I offer, that NO diet alone will ever help you get in the shape you desire. EXERCISE and eating healthy food is your best bet to achieving your goal of being healthy…NOT SKINNY!! Start a strength training program and mark my words, you shall achieve a fit, toned body that does not rely on special costly foods!!!
My thoughts are with all of you who searching for the answer to a more healthy body!

Beth on

I completely agree Amanda ! Celebrities can afford Jenny and they get it for free for doing commercials… Well it makes it hard for us normal people to afford jenny. If they would offer it on small monthly payments then that would make it so ALOT of normal people could afford to CALL JENNY….
I called and it was going to be 300 $ and I said no thank you…

They think just because they get celeb’s that people will join WELL I hate to be the one to bust the bubble BUT when you can’t afford it you just can’t join Jenny. And you have to loose weight on your own… Like I have…

Justin on

I think that she is absolutely gorgeous just the way she is. Im sick and tired of people that are normal in size saying they need to lose weight.

Coug Girl on

I don’t see where she has 30 pounds to lose. Does she want to disappear? I always thought she looked good no matter what her weight, her personality really adds to her beauty. I also think Jenny Craig should reach out to real people, just like Jared and Subway. He was just a normal everyday guy looking to lose weight. Why can’t Jenny Craig do something like that?

kim on

I woul like to try Jenny Craig but as you see they do only use famous people. What about the real people that spend their money to keep Jenny Craig afloat?!! What about the non famous woman that just wants to get a healthy start?!! Give her a try!! Pick a few REAL women (not saying famous women are no real)to try this, who can not afford it. I’d like to see that happen. When it does watch what happens. More women will be more likely to try it.

trsquare on

I think she looks gorgeous as is! If she wants to lose the weight, then I wish it were her choice, and not because it’s a publicity ploy. C’mon, Jenny Craig! Help us REAL people out and share our stories.

Anonymous on

Weight Watchers is much better than Jenny Craig in my opinion. There’s no food to buy, unless you want to buy their line of foods and they teach you how to eat in the real world. You don’t even have to go to a meeting if you don’t want to since they have the online program. I used the WW online program with points values for food about 4 years ago, never went to a meeting, & I’ve kept the weight off.

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