Looking at all the several hats that Caroline Rhea wears in Hollywood, it would be easy to dismiss her as another jack-of-all-trades and master-of-none type person but this would be unfair as she has excelled in everything she has put her hands in. As a stand-up comedian, Rhea performed alongside various comic artists such as Dave Attell and Chris Rock during the early stages of her career. She has now established herself in the entertainment industry with her own comedy specials including Give Me My Remote, a one-hour comedy show for Showtime Television Network, and Rhea’s Anatomy for Bravo Network.
As an actress, Rhea has featured in many TV shows including Sabrina the Teenage Witch where she portrayed the iconic role of Hilda Spellman. the Canadian-born superstar has further gone ahead to host several popular TV shows such as the reality TV series, The Biggest Loser, and the live stage version of the television game show, Family Feud. With nearly 30 years under her belt, there is no doubt that Rhea has done quite well for herself in showbiz.
Her Flourishing Stand-up Career Has Spanned Three Decades
Caroline Rhea started pursuing a career in comedy as a teen in her native Canada. She subsequently relocated to New York City after gaining a residency there in 1986. In the Big Apple, Rhea performed at outlets such as The Comic Strip alongside the likes of Marc Maron, Jim Gaffigan, and Chris Rock. She also displayed her unique humorous qualities at Catch a Rising Star, a comedy club belonging to Rick Newman.
Acquiring some success, she became a significant part of the city’s competitive comedy scene. She then consolidated this status by logging in numerous appearances on two MTV shows, Caroline’s Comedy Hour and Comic Strip Live. Since then, Caroline Rhea has gone on to become a notable stand-up comic in America.
Thanks to her fresh, smart, and spontaneous brand of comedy, she has continued to sell out comedy venues across the U.S. and beyond. She has further bagged one-hour comedy Specials for various television networks like Showtime, HBO, and Bravo titled Give Me My Remote, One Night Stand, and Rhea’s Anatomy respectively. Rhea is also a regular fixture on primetime comedy shows such as Late Night With Conan, The Late Show with David Letterman, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Caroline Rhea Played The Iconic Hilda Spellman On ‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’
After achieving a successful career in comedy, Caroline Rhea relocated to Los Angeles where she put her improv skills to good use. She made her first scripted appearance in the TV series, Pride & Joy, which was aired on NBC in 1995. She then rose to the limelight in the following year when she brilliantly enacted the character of Hilda Spellman in the American sitcom, Sabrina the Teenage Witch; the show, which aired on ABC, is about an ordinary teenage girl who discovers on her 16th birthday that she is a witch. Her first few attempts to exercise her powers predictably go awry and it is left to her 600-year-old aunties and fellow witches, Hilda and Zelda, to guide her on how to use it wisely.
Sabrina the Teenage Witch featured Melissa Joan Hart in the titular role while Caroline Rhea portrayed her impulsive aunt named Hilda. The show ran for a total of seven years, 1996 – 2003, during which it attracted millions of viewers each week. It also spurned international versions, video games, and an animated series. All these helped to make stars out of the show’s cast including Caroline Rhea of course.
She Is Also Known For Her Role In ‘Sydney To The Max’
Following the success of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Caroline Rhea has gone on to showcase her exceptional acting talent in other movies and television shows such as Man on the Moon, Ready to Rumble, Love N’ Dancing, A Very Sordid Wedding, Sordid Lives: The Series, Manhattan Love Story, Baby Daddy, and The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. She has equally lent her voice to animations such as Phineas and Ferb, Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist, among others.
Furthermore, Rhea was cast to play the role of Candi, Jamie Lee Curtis’ character’s friend in the 2010 Christmas Comedy movie, Christmas with the Kranks. She also appeared as Gloria in the movie, The Perfect Man, written by Gina Wendkos and directed by Mark Rosman. Caroline Rhea was later cast in a lead role as Judy in the comedy TV series, Sydney to the Max, which premiered on Disney Channel on January 25, 2019.
Sydney to the Max is a comedy series about a 12-year-old girl, named Sydney, who resides with her father, Max, as well as her grandmother named Judy. Sydney goes through a lot of struggles as a middle schooler which is not much different from what her father went through during his own time thus showing that nothing much has really changed. The TV series features Ruth Righi as the titular character – Sydney, while Caroline Rhea plays Sydney’s grandmother, Judy.
She Was The First-Ever Host of The Biggest Loser
In addition to her acting and comedy careers, Caroline Rhea has served as the host of many TV shows which include Fools for Love, Cake Walk: Wedding Cake Edition, and the video clip show, Caroline & Friends. She also holds the title as the first-ever host of the popular NBC show, Biggest Loser. The weight-loss competition reality TV show debuted in 2004 and Caroline served as its host for about three years before making way for other people to take over in 2007.
Rhea’s diligence on the small screen has seen her being invited to appear on several TV shows. She appeared in two episodes of The Drew Carey Show, competed in Bravo’s Celebrity Poker Showdown and Game Show Network’s World Series of Blackjack. As a philanthropist, Rhea participated in a special edition of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire in 2001 and claimed the whopping sum of $125,000 which she donated to charity.
The Comedian Has A Daughter With Fellow Comic – Costaki Economopoulos
At the moment, the comedian is believed to be single; however, she was previously involved with the well-known comedian, Costaki Economopoulos. Costaki is an American comedian of Greek origins. He began his comedy career while pursuing his postgraduate studies at the University of Georgia. Since then, he has become a regular guest on the syndicated U.S. radio show, The Bob & Tom Show. The University of Georgia alum also has a weekly NFL parody show known as Quick Snaps which airs on several radio stations.
Caroline and Costaki were together for several years, from 2007 to 2010. During this period, they welcomed a daughter, Ava Rhea Economopoulos, in 2008. They then sustained their relationship for two more years before calling it quits in 2010. The breakup was predictably not easy but Rhea does not regret the relationship as she got a wonderful daughter out of it.
The comic had previously revealed that she and Costaki struggled with conception issues for several years before she naturally conceived at the age of 44. It was thus a big miracle for her which was further amplified by the fact that her parents were diagnosed with cancer during that period. Ava, therefore, served as a salve on her mother’s aching heart and continues to do so to date. The comedian has described her as hilariously funny as well as the best company that she could ask for.