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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mindy on

Sara,
Good for you. I lost 22lbs. on Jenny Craig and it was SO easy with all the food provided. I am actually eating more now than when I was heavier.
The variety is great…and I get to eat all my favorites. I look forwards to morning when I get to have my blue berry pancakes WITH syrup, and I look forwards to the evening when I get to have my triple-chocolate cheese cake !!! What more can a girl ask for?
Good luck and I’ll be watching you on Eastwick, another favorite.

Mindy

mindy on

p.s.

For all you nay-sayers out there, I am a ‘real
person’ if, by that, you mean not a celebrity.
I’ve lost 22lbs so far and I know other ‘real people’ at Jenny Craig who have lost a lot more than me, or Valerie. But I guess Valerie is not a real person according to you. Valerie actually inspired me ( the not real person ) and I love the way I feel. Thank you Valerie, if you are real, that is.

Mindy

Mindy

Kate on

Honestly, if I looked that good, I probably wouldn’t be worried about my weight. She’s probably a size 12, and she has killer legs. Also, she’s GORGEOUS. So…I don’t understand why she doesn’t just try to be healthy. Her looks are better than average.

Dach on

This is so sad. Sara Rue is one of the most gorgeous women on TV right now, and she won’t be as cute if she’s not curvy. Well, at least my Gypsy 83 DVD will remind me of her cuteness potential.

brandi on

I did Jenny Craig a long time ago and it was worth it, not for the weight loss alone but it taught me a lot about calorie counting, portion size,and the way your body uses food. The program is good for people who are uneducated about nutrition and balance. I wouldn’t recommend an expensive formal program. It’s unfortunate that this country thrives on anything related to celebrity endorsement. Instead everone should educate themselves with real nutritionists and listen to their OWN bodies/metabolisms. EVERY BODY IS DIFFERENT!!

ZC on

I wish she’d stop trying to lose weight. Genetically-speaking, she’s meant to be big, and you know what? She’s SEXY when she’s big. She’s a beautiful woman, and she’s incredibly sexy. Any man who insists she needs to lose weight is a fool.

She’s my idea of a truly sexy woman; Smart, funny, beautiful, and cunning (have you seen her play poker?) — I’d go for her any day of the year.

She needs to stop with this weight loss quest. She was gorgeous before her weight loss, and she’s gorgeous now. When she loses weight, she just becomes another Hollywood chick, and that’s SO boring and unappealing.

She sends the wrong message to women by doing this. I wish she’d be happy with her body, because I’m telling you– A lot of men certainly enjoy it as-is.

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eva on

Hi Sara
Congrats on the weight loss, Can I have the clothes that are to big for you now ?

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