Sara Rue has charmed audiences as adorable TV assistant Claude on the sitcom Less Than Perfect, and her role as Carmen on Popular. Now Rue stars as Dora, a naive pastor’s assistant in TV Land’s new dark comedy, Impastor.
In the series, which premieres July 15, con man Buddy Dobbs (Michael Rosenbaum), steals a man’s identity and ends up posing as a small town’s new gay pastor. “The most important thing to Dora is her town, and specifically, the members of the congregation. She really believes that for them to move forward, to keep growing, and to continue on, they need to change things up. They need to have fresh blood, and she loves the idea of bringing in an openly gay pastor, bringing her church, and her town into modern times,” reveals Rue. “I think that’s so wonderful that someone as devout, and dedicated is also as open-minded and progressive. I love seeing that.”
Rue’s character is delightfully sunny and is a great contrast to Rosenbaum’s grizzled character. I am astonished at Rue’s ability to maintain composure while Rosenbaum and co-star David Rasche sling hilarious barbs at each other — often with her in the middle of the melee. The actress reveals, “Dora chooses to only see the good, and to make lemonade out of lemons all the time. That’s what I would do. I would just sort of tune everything out.”
Rue may have had to tune out the funny antics of her co-stars in her new series, but she was all ears when she answered our 7 Questions.
1. If your TV had only three shows or networks, what would you watch?
Okay. I’m not going to lie to you. The Bachelor/Bachelorette, I think we can keep that as one show, right? That would have to be on. I’m obsessed. I’ve dragged my husband into my dirty den of embarrassment and despair, and I make him watch it every week as well. We’re also really into Game of Thrones. I don’t think we could give that up. We look forward to that every Sunday. I think the next one … If I had to go top 3, it’s going to go, not necessarily in this order … Bachelor, Game of Thrones, Walking Dead.
2. What three things you have to have in your fridge or pantry at all times?
That’s a good question. We eat a lot of apples at my house, definitely organic apples. Oh, gosh. I’m kind of into chia seeds these days. We put them into everything, but that’s tough, because it requires going in something. I’m going to go with chia seeds, but with the parenthesis of, needs to be put on something. You can’t just eat them alone. I’m also into kombucha, so I would say kombucha teas.
3. If you were at a magazine stand and could choose any 3 titles, what would they be?
I would go with Elle Décor, maybe The New Yorker, and, oh my goodness, this is so hard! And Parenting.
4. What’s a movie you can watch over and over again?
When Harry Met Sally. I love the idea of falling in love with my best friend. I feel really, really lucky that I’m married to my best friend. I think that’s maybe what it is.
5. What was a moment when you were completely starstruck?
I did spend an evening just following Chelsea Clinton around a party. I never spoke to her, but I did spend the entire night, basically stalking her to the point where I’m pretty sure Secret Service was keeping an extra eye on me. I just think she’s so cool, and I can’t imagine what … Her life experience has been so vast and so interesting. I’m impressed by how she carries herself. I was pretty starstruck by her.
6. What has been your craziest or funniest fan encounter?
There was one time where we were doing some events at Disneyland — saying hi to people — sort of a meet-and-greet. This woman came up and she was soaking wet. She ran towards me, grabbed me and gave me this giant hug. I was like, “Oh, hi!”
We were by Splash Mountain, so I was like, “Oh, did you just get off Splash Mountain?” And she was like, “No, it’s just real hot out here.” Funny, and also a little gross. But I still appreciated her enthusiasm.
7. What is a secret talent that people might not know you have?
My sense of smell is insane. It’s also for mostly negative things. It’s not like I can be, “Oh, I smell that there’s cinnamon in this cake batter.” I can tell you wherever a cat has peed.
We will walk into our home, after being gone for a while, and I’ll be like, “Stop.” We had — at one point — a lot of animals, and I could find out if anyone had an accident, and we could take care of it. Some people are like, “I can’t find it.” I can always find it. I have an incredible sense of smell.