Sarah Chalke, who became known from “Roseanne” as the second Becky as well as nine seasons of “Scrubs,” returns to sitcoms Wednesdays on ABC’s “How to Live With Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life).”
The blonde Canadian was a teen when she played Becky, and now her character, single mom Polly, has a daughter of her own on this sitcom, modeled after creator Claudia Lonow’s life.
“It is a really cool experience as an actor because there is so much info there, and there is so much more to draw from,” Chalke tells Zap2it. “Claudia was telling me about the script and her life, and basically she showed up on her parents’ doorstep and said, ‘I hope it’s not a bad time for you. It is for me.’ “
Polly’s parents, Elaine and Max (Elizabeth Perkins, Brad Garrett), had been sexually engaged, and are not thrilled to see Polly. Most of the parents’ plot, at least in the revised pilot, revolves around their active sex life.
“This is one of my favorite roles I have ever gotten to play partly because I relate to it so much,” Chalke says. “I am a mom, and I have a little 3-year-old. It changes the way you see the world.”
Since Elaine has never suffered an unexpressed thought, especially when it comes to sex, Polly grew up lacking a traditional role model.
“I love that she is sort of working the smoothie bar and trying to be the mother she didn’t have, but because of the mother she did have, she doesn’t have the necessary skills to be that mother, so she goes home to do that,” Chalke says.
“Polly is trying to figure out a way to have a job and date and be the best mom on the planet,” Chalke says. “And obviously, when you are trying to do all of those things, something will give.”