Actress Sarah Chalke on Auditioning for ‘Scrubs’, Getting Cast on ‘Rick and Morty’

Sarah Chalke
LOS ANGELES - JAN 8: Sarah Chalke at the ABC TCA Winter 2018 Party at Langham Huntington Hotel on January 8, 2018 in Pasadena, CA (Editorial credit: Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock.com)

Sarah Chalke opens up about auditioning for ‘Scrubs‘ and getting on ‘Rick and Morty

Sarah Chalke is most known for her role as Elliot Reid on ‘Scrubs’. Before playing the principal supporting role, she was also known for playing Becky Connor on ‘Roseanne’ in the 90s. Since ‘Scrubs’, she has returned to Canada. In a recent interview with Digital Spy, she opens up about how she didn’t initially take the audition for ‘Scrubs’ too seriously.

“With the Scrubs pilot, I’d just moved to LA a couple of months before with my best friend. We didn’t know anyone. We never had any plans. We had plans to go to a show, and I got two auditions for the next morning. I’m so Type A, and normally I work on an audition from the second I get it until the second I go in the room. And I was like, ‘I’m not canceling. I’m not canceling these plans. Whatever these two auditions are, I’m not canceling these plans.’”

Chalke got the ‘Scrubs’ script and realized how much she enjoyed the show. She remembers, “I got home at midnight, and I read the Scrubs pilot, and I was like, ‘Oh, s—. This is really, really, really good. I want this so badly!’ And the audition was at 9am. So I thought, ‘OK, I’ll skip the other audition, and I’ll just focus on the Scrubs one’. I went in the next morning at 9, and, yeah, I’ll never forget the moment that Bill [Lawrence, showrunner] called me and was like, ‘You’ve got it’.”

It took a while for her to get a call-back. Chalke remembers, “It was a bit of a long, drawn-out process. I remember just feeling like, I thought I was maybe dreaming when I got that phone call.”

When asked about her favorite moments on her acting career, Chalke said, “I feel really lucky because when you read a script and you’re excited about it – that was certainly the feeling that I had when I read the Scrubs pilot, and the feeling I had when I read the Rick and Morty pilot, and the feeling that I had when I read this Netflix series that I just did called Firefly Lane which is coming out in the fall.

“You kind of get goosebumps, and you think, ‘Oh my gosh, I hope this works. I hope we get to do this for a while.’ But you never know, right? Because it’s such a combination of timing and so many factors that go into it. You know when you read something and you love it, but you don’t know how it’ll be received.”

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October 27 2019: Rick and Morty adult animated science fiction sitcom, the iPhone with shot of Rick & Morty season 4 – Image (Editorial credit: nikkimeel / Shutterstock.com)

When asked about getting cast on ‘Rick and Morty’, she said “I loved the script. I was auditioning from a friend’s cabin for the call back. Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon called me.

“They were having me read, and they were giving me notes over the phone. There were dogs barking in the background, and people running around, and kids. I was just thinking, ‘I can’t even hear myself think! And I really want to get this part!'”

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