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Sara Rue plays Olivia Caliban in Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events.

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Rue believes the reason she was hired was her pronunciation of "crystal ball" from her audition, where she pronounced it as "crystal bowel." Barry Sonnenfeld thought that was hilarious and reminded her of it almost daily on set. When they eventually shot that scene, she was asked to say it regular, and she replied, "Uh, really? That's why I got the job!"

The crew wanted Rue's performance as Olivia Caliban to be distinct enough from Madame Lulu to fool the audience, and while they began attempting prosthetics, the time applying them would hurt the schedule, so Rue decided to just use minimal makeup and disguise herself mainly with her performance.

Rue believed that Olivia had been orphaned at a young age, and was always searching for something. She wanted to inspire students at Prufrock Preparatory School, but that didn't pan out, and she was absolutely ready to go into VFD and unfold a mystery. She loved getting to play Olivia's complete character arc: "She was searching for direction, and she found it."

Rue also interpreted Olivia as being so focused on finding the kids and arresting Count Olaf that she did not notice her "spark" with Jacques until they were separated and it was too late.[1]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1988 Rocket Gibraltar Jessica Hanson
1992 Passed Away Megan Scanlan
1995 Family Reunion: A Relative Nightmare Jacquelyn
1996 For My Daughter's Honor Kimberly Jones
1998 Nowhere to Go
1998 Can't Hardly Wait Earth Girl
1999 A Slipping-Down Life Violet
1999 A Map of the World Debbie
2001 Pearl Harbor Martha
2001 Gypsy 83 Gypsy Vale
2002 The Ring Babysitter
2003 This Time Around Gabby Castellani
2005 Barbara Jean Barbara Jean Short
2006 Danny Roane: First Time Director Charlotte Lewis
2006 Idiocracy Attorney General Uncredited
2006 Play Nice
2007 Nurses Chris Korenek
2008 Man Maid Tory
2008 Nightmare at the End of the Hall Courtney
2008 Spaced Apryl
2009 Not Since You Sarah "Doogs" Doogins
2010 For Christ's Sake Candy
2011 My Future Boyfriend Elizabeth Barrett
2011 Dorfman in Love Deb Dortman
2013 Miss Dial Sam
2015 Dark Intentions/Don't Wake Mommy Beth
2017 All for Love Jo Payden
2019 True Love Blooms Vikki George
2019 The Bridge Sadie Short
Film Fest Deb

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1990 Grand Edda Pasetti
1992 Roseanne Teenage Roseanne One Episode
1993-1994 Phenom Monica
1995 Blossom Angie One Episode
1995-1996 Minor Adjustments Darby Gladstone
1996 ER Jane One Episode
1996 Pearl Bertha Sugs One Episode
1997 Ned and Stacey Amy One Episode
1997 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Younger Sister One Episode
1998 Chicago Hope Rhonda Fritz One Episode
1998 The Simple Life Melanie
1999 Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane Breeny Kennedy
1999-2001 Popular Carmen Ferrara
2002-2003 The Division Amanda McCafferty
2003 MADtv The Babysitter
2002-2006 Less Than Perfect Claude Casey
2006-2007 Two and a Half Men Naomi
2008 The Big Bang Theory Dr. Stephane Barnett
2009 Leverage Marissa Devins One Episode
2009-2010 Eastwick Penny Higgins
2010 Private Practice Shira Cole One Episode
2011 Dream Crushers Sara
2012 Psych Amy Alleris One Episode
2012-2013 Malibu Country Kim Sallinger
2010-2013 Rules of Engagement Brenda
2014-2016 Mom Candace
2015-2016 Impastor Dora Winston
2015-2017 Bones Karen Deifs
2000-2018 Will & Grace Joyce Adler
2018 A Series of Unfortunate Events Olivia Caliban
2019 Drunk History Mary Jane Heaster One Episode
2017-2019 American Housewife Nancy Granville
2018-2019 The Rookie Nell Forester
Prism Alexis Boden

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