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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itseasy on

how about working out and eating healthy. everyone wants an easy way out..but the fact is looking good takes work..and exercise is a big part of that.

Christie on

I hate when people use plus size as if it were a common thing. You are plus size because you want to be unless you have some type of medical problem. If she doesn’t have any medical problems that affect her weight then she is not considered a plus size. She is a plus size because of the way she treats her body. People who use the term plus size are probably plus sizes themselves. Stop eating the McDonalds and ding dongs and get active! There’s no excuse for fat people unless there is a medical condition involved. I have no pity otherwise :)

Ashley on

I think she looks great!!!

Kate on

I actually happen to be a Jenny Craig consultant & before I worked here I felt just like all of you about it, but i love my job. you’re right the cost is high and you can obviously do it on your own, but by the time ppl come through our door they’ve tried everything and are fed up. I have helped women and men transform their lives, I have one client that is down 110 lbs in a year. And they obviously get celebrities cause its a buisness & celebrities get attention. And I agree that you dont have to be thin to be beautiful but you should be happy with yourself.

Jamie on

Weight Watchers is the way to go! They teach you how to lose weight eating regular, every day food. You don’t have to purchase anything and, after you’ve gone once or twice to learn the principles, you really don’t need to go to the meetings. It’s the only program that’s ever worked for me. But I wish Sara the best of luck.

Bernadette Derry on

I agree with Amanda why don’t they use everyday people as spokes people for Jenny Craig.That would be more impressive to me.I think Sara Rue looks good just the way she is.That said I get that it is a personal choice for everyone to lose weight or not.

tonya on

good luck. why don’t they choose me? I am plus size, poor and cannot afford the food…I am not famous, but I can look good in the clothes. Pick me, Jenny Craig, Pick me!

Tracie on

Love, Love, Love Sara Rue. Best of luck to her on her weight loss. The comments about the wealthy being given weight loss products is ridiculous. Most of the women complaining would eat the free Jenny Craig if it was free and their regular meals also. Anyone that puts their minds to it can loose weight. It has nothing to do with income. It comes with sheer determination and will power. So stop sitting on your butts envying those that are out there making life work for them.

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girlnextdoor on

You either want to lose weight or you don’t. How can people lose so much weight, look great, feel healthier then gain it back? Especially celebrities? I’m for GC to use real people they’d be more grateful and stand a chance. I’ve always been thin, but when I gained weight after my son, it was just mind over matter. I feel better and look better thin. It’s not rocket science. And you don’t have to pay for weight lose, just do it.

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