While Mary Lynn Rajskub had an impressive list of movies to her credit when “Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde” released in 2003, it was her largest role in a big budget film at the time, even though she’d also played numerous supporting roles on television, too (according to IMDB). She got her start as a performer on the comedy sketch show “Mr. Show” with comedians Bob Odenkirk and David Cross in 1995, which led to roles on “The Larry Sanders Show,” “NewsRadio,” and “Veronica’s Closet” before she landed her most famous TV role.
In 2003, Rajskub debuted as Chloe O’Brian in the third season of the popular Fox drama “24” alongside series star Kiefer Sutherland, who played Jack Bauer. For five seasons and the follow-up miniseries “24: Live Another Day,” she played an analyst for the fictional Counter Terrorist Unit and was Jack’s most trusted colleague. Aside from Sutherland, Rajskub appeared in more episodes of “24” than any other actor.
She told People she almost didn’t try out for “24” because it came shortly after a failed audition for “CSI,” but she got the part anyway. “I was hired on for four episodes, I was hired on for six episodes, I got backhanded compliments from the executives — ‘Oh we didn’t know you could do drama,'” she said, adding that landing a part on the show was an intimidating experience. “(It’s) one of these situations where I’m like I don’t know,” she said. “I’ve never been on a set like this. I entered the show and it was already massively popular, so it was scary.”