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Sarah Chalke: The Motherhood Questionnaire

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We couldn't get enough of her on "Scrubs" and now she's starring in the new multi-star film "Mother's Day" out April 29, but Sarah Chalke is much more than just an actress. Chalke is also mom to 6-year-old Charlie who was diagnosed with Kawasaki disease—an autoimmune disorder that causes blood vessels to become inflamed—when he was a toddler. Since then, she's been heavily involved with the Kawasaki Disease Foundation which "strives to be at the forefront of Kawasaki disease issues."

As if that's not enough to keep her busy, Sarah is also a soon-to-be mom of two. That's right—she's pregnant!

So she's a mom, actress and advocate, among many other things. Is there nothing that she can't do? Apparently there is, and you'll have to read on to find out what it is!

What quality makes for a good mom?

Being present.

What is your favorite quality in a dad?

Being a good listener.

What did you think you'd be when you grew up?

A mom.

What trait do you hope your kid inherits from you?

That they'll see their glasses as half full.

What do you appreciate most in your friends?


What is your idea of misery?

A world with no dark chocolate.

If you could switch lives with anyone, who would you switch with?

The kid in my stomach.

What's the one quality you wish you had as a parent?

The ability to stop time.


What's the social media platform you can't live without?

I'm still in the dark ages and have only just joined Twitter (@sarahchalke).

What's the last book you read (by yourself!)?

Amy Poehler's "Yes Please" and "My Brilliant Friend"by Elena Ferrante

Who is your favorite fictional hero/heroine?

Charlotte in "Charlotte's Web."

What is your favorite children's book?

"The Little Prince" and B.J. Novak's "The Book With No Pictures"

What food will you never make your kid eat?

Schmaltz, a German delicacy of congealed fat spread on toast. Sounds delicious, right?

The baby name that didn't make the final cut?


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What song do you never want to hear again?

"The Wheels on the Bus."

What was the last thing you binge-watched?

"Love" on Netflix.

What do you hate most about parenting?

Letting go.

What talent do you wish you had?

I wish I could sing.

How do you want to die?

To not die, actually. But if I had to? In my sleep.

What is your greatest wish for your children?

To have a meaningful, fulfilling life.

Who is your hero in real life?

My grandmother.

What is your main weakness?

Overthinking things.

What word or phrase do you never want to hear again?

"Donald Trump."

What is your idea of real happiness?

A good snuggle, reading a bedtime story to my son.

What is your greatest indulgence?

Ice cream with whipping cream on top is my latest pregnancy craving.

What is your favorite motto?

My mom always says, "Nothing is either good or bad, but thinking makes it so." And my dad always told us, "The best time to plant an apple orchard was 20 years ago; the second best time is today."​

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