The Untold Truth Of Beth Behrs

Beth Behrs entertained us for six glorious seasons as 2 Broke Girls' rich girl-turned-poor Caroline Channing, opposite real life BFF Kat Dennings, but there's much more to her than just her career. The actress and trained singer (a lifelong Broadway wannabe) is also known for being a fitness advocate thanks to her health and lifestyle book. However, you'll be surprised to learn she isn't a natural in the kitchen.

For Behrs, self-care comes first, and she strives to spread that message to other women through her book, and through her work with not-for-profit organization SheHerdPower. As a long-time sufferer of panic attacks, Behrs is passionate about helping others who are struggling. Via SheHerdPower, she advocates for female survivors of sexual assault, utilizing equine therapy to help sufferers regain control of their lives. 

Caroline Channing is just chapter one of a long and fascinating story. This is the untold truth of Beth Behrs. 

A "mortifying" rash scared Beth Behrs into getting healthy

Beth Behrs is the epitome of healthy living, but that wasn't always the case. When she landed her big break as an actress on 2 Broke Girls, she was an actual, real-life broke girl. As a result, Behrs found herself snacking on unhealthy foods and not taking proper care of her body. "I was eating all the junk food they kept on set," she told Self back in 2017.

The change came not from her paychecks, but a skin rash that lasted over six months, causing Behrs to have to cover up almost her entire body on red carpets and at public appearances. The doctors told her it had happened as a result of stress, bad diet, and a lack of exercise. 

She confessed to Yahoo! Lifestyle that her "mortifying" rash was more than likely related to her "go-to breakfast [of] two sugar doughnuts," while she as also "eating mac and cheese from the box" for dinner. Behrs learned to change her diet, incorporate exercise, and get fit, healthy, and happy. Soon, her skin cleared up.

Beth Behrs is best friends with Kat Dennings for real

Although 2 Broke Girls might not be everyone's cup of tea, we're confident no one would deny how believable the central friendship between Beth Behrs' Caroline and Kat Dennings' Max is on the show. As it turns out, the two actresses didn't have to force their chemistry. "From the moment I met Kat, it was like instant friendship," Behrs told Backstage

The feeling is clearly mutual as, in a joint interview with Entertainment Tonight, the two BFFs gushed at length about each other. "Beth and I genuinely love each other and are best friends in real life, and that probably reads," said Dennings, when asked about the show's appeal. Behrs concurred, telling the outlet, "Kat and I are really great friends and I think you can see that chemistry onscreen." When Behrs got engaged, Dennings was one of the first people to congratulate her publicly. She was also, naturally, a shoo-in for bridesmaid.

Beth Behrs suffers from panic attacks

Beth Behrs is open about the fact that she has suffered with debilitating anxiety and panic attacks most of her life — and it got worse when she landed her dream role on 2 Broke Girls. Through much trial and error, the condition no longer rules her life — she has discovered some tools have helped her counteract the effects.

Namely, she practices transcendental meditation regularly — particularly on days when eating super-healthy or getting to the gym for a sweat sesh isn't possible. "I notice a massive difference in how my whole day goes if I don't do it," the self-described Type-A personality told Self. The 2 Broke Girls star is also a keen horse-rider and practices equine therapy twice weekly to assuage her panic attacks, crediting doing so with helping her to ground herself "when I feel panicky."

Behrs practices what she preaches: This is the same method utilized by her non-profit organization to help female survivors of sexual assault.

Beth Behrs is a voice for female survivors

2 Broke Girls is a defiantly female-focused show, with Beth Behrs and Kat Dennings in the leading titular roles and iconic female comedian Whitney Cummings working behind the scenes as a producer. But Behrs isn't simply a voice for change — the proud feminist took action, co-founding the non-profit organization SheHerdPower, which organizes free equine-guided empowerment weekends for survivors of sexual assault.

The origin story of the charity began with Behrs' debilitating panic attacks on the set of 2 Broke Girls. Cummings referred her to Cassandra Ogier, who provides equine therapy. Behrs found the therapy incredibly helpful, and the two became friends. It turns out that Ogier is a survivor of child sexual abuse, a subject Behrs feels strongly about given that one of her close friends was sexually assaulted, and she witnessed her struggle to get back to normal in the wake of the assault. Through Ogier and Behrs' joint commitment to the cause, the two founded SheHerdPower together.

"Women work out how to be clear, direct and confident, as well as learn tools to become grounded and in tune with their bodies, distinct from the mind. They learn to set boundaries and step into authentic leadership," Behrs explained to The New Potato in an interview.

Beth Behrs was working three jobs before 2 Broke Girls

Beth Behrs was an unknown entity prior to landing 2 Broke Girls, with the star-making role of Caroline Channing instantly propelling her to well-deserved international fame. Prior to bagging it, she had just two small acting jobs on her resume. And, right up to when they shot the pilot for the show, the actress was still working her day job. Or rather, day jobs.

"I was working as a nanny five days a week and then as a bartender and concierge at The Geffen Playhouse on the weekends," she revealed in an interview with PopSugar. Behrs credits this packed schedule with helping her get in touch with the role, telling the site, "I can definitely relate to being broke, right out of college and working tons of odd jobs to just pay the rent." What she struggled with, though, was portraying a rich kid who had never worked a day in her life. 

Beth Behrs is really good at knitting

A multi-talented singer, actress, comedian, and athlete like Beth Behrs, whose Type-A personality means she can hardly sit still on a good day, is likely to have multiple hidden talents. And, indeed, she does! She's revealed in various interviews over the years that, in addition to being a self-confessed (and very proud) workout addict, Behrs loves cooking, playing tennis, and generally keeping as active as possible.

When not running lines at an acting gig, Beth Behrs tries to unwind by, among other things, knitting. As she revealed in a between-takes interview with Good Housekeeping, it was an activity Behrs learned from an unlikely source. "I learned to knit [on set] from [costars] Kat [Dennings] and Sally Field, so my knitting skills, thanks to them, are getting really good!" she shared. Anything to keep an anxious mind calm. Plus, imagine what she could make!

Beth Behrs learned about the value of money from her parents

As a genuine broke girl, Beth Behrs didn't have to try too hard to get into the 2 Broke Girls spirit on the hit show. Unlike her riches-to-rags character, Caroline, however, she didn't come from wealth. "My parents both work in education — my mom's a teacher and my dad's a headmaster of a private school," she told PopSugar of her humble upbringing in small-town Virginia. 

As a result of her super-normal family, Behrs was taught the value of money from a young age, explaining how her parents gave her a weekly allowance and that once it was gone, it was gone. They instilled in her the value of saving, of planning ahead, and of counting her blessings. As a result, the actress still finds it difficult to spend money, confessing that Kat Dennings had to convince her to splurge on a pair of designer shoes after she became a big TV star.

Beth Behrs is all about self-care

After learning how to get fit and healthy, Beth Behrs turned her attention to other women, realizing she could help them through her own experience. The actress wrote a book, entitled The Total ME-Tox, loaded with recipes and advice. The tome encourages readers to take it easy, making changes gradually, as she did. They can start off incorporating short walks into their daily routine, or swapping out sweets for fruit when sugar cravings hit.

The main message, however, isn't about weight loss. Behrs teaches sel-care above all else. "As I've started to make self-care a priority in my life, I've noticed a massive shift in my happiness and my overall state of well-being. I wrote The Total ME-Tox in the hopes that it will empower women to be authentic and the best version of themselves, without striving for perfection. I wanted to bring it back to what TRULY matters: loving yourself, serving others and enjoying the journey," she explained to Her Campus.

Beth Behrs co-created a YA web comic

A woman as multi-talented as Beth Behrs couldn't possibly allow herself to get bored, so the revelation that she was instrumental in the creation of a web comic should come as no surprise. Behrs co-created Dents, a dystopian, young adult web comic exploring themes of sexuality, feminism, and environmental issues, with friend and Broadway vet Matt Doyle.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Behrs explained that she and Doyle discussed the idea over dinner years beforehand, but she thought of it in terms of TV show or movie. Years later, she got into comics. Soon after, an opportunity presented itself, so they jumped at the chance. Although she found it a challenge, Behrs relished the opportunity to work in a new medium, and to include issues both she and Doyle care deeply about.

"Matt and I ... are both very passionate about the outdoors. ... The series includes elements of climate change, which was really important for us. We wanted to include sociopolitical elements into it, too," she explained of the comic's real-world focus. 

Beth Behrs only just learned how to cook

Although Beth Behrs is a super-healthy eater and an exercise fanatic, the one thing she's still learning about is cooking. In fact, she joked in a 2015 interview with People that she didn't even know where to locate kale in the supermarket before she met her partner Michael Gladis — let alone how to cook. 

She explained that he opened her eyes to the world of delicious cooking. "We cook together. He actually has taught me about cooking," she admitted, revealing one of the couple's favorite activities is to create a healthy meal together from scratch.

Behrs also credits cooking with helping keep her mind at ease, comparing it to meditation. "In cooking you're allowing your mind to just focus on the task at hand, and you're able to escape and put your mind at rest," she explained in an interview with Self. Well, she is all about self care.

Beth Behrs had a bee-themed wedding

In keeping with her environmentally conscious lifestyle, Beth Behrs chose an unconventional theme for her wedding to longtime partner Michael Gladis. According to HuffPost, they tied the knot in July 2018 in a stunning outdoor wedding in Victor, Idaho. The bride wore a Monique Lhuillier dress, while her groom chose a custom blue Brooks Brothers suit.

As described by Martha Stewart Weddings, the big day was personalized from the vows to the gift bags, which were filled with locally-sourced huckleberry jam. Guests were also given jars of honey from the couple's own hive, and the bee theme was also present in the design of their invitations and even the flavor of their cake. 

Behrs took to Twitter after their magical day to share a photo of the happy couple, writing alongside it, "I do, we did. Best day of my life." Gladis' proposal had been nothing short of spectacular, either, with Behrs telling E! News at the time, "He proposed on our friends Christina Hendricks and Geoffrey Arend's rooftop at sunset with a private jazz band playing my favorite Miles Davis/John Coltrane song overlooking Manhattan! It was magical. I was sobbing!" 

Beth Behrs messed up her first big job... on her first day

Nowadays, she's a comedic actress, but Beth Behrs struggled just like everybody else upon first arriving in Hollywood. As she recounted in an interview with Thrive Global, her first big job taught Behrs one of her biggest lessons in the business. "My first film set was American Pie 7... yup #7. I had done theater my whole life but never film," she admitted. 

On her first day, they were shooting on a ski lift. Behrs was ready to impress, but, as she shared, "First take. The director screams over the megaphone: 'Hey Beth. How about the next take you DON'T SHOW US THAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR YOUR MARK.'"

Behrs was understandably mortified about messing up in front of the entire cast and crew on her very first shoot. However, she can look back now and see it as the educational experience it really was — even if, at times, the shoot was a baptism by fire. "I had to learn really quick and, on the fly, which I think ultimately really served me. I know how to act gracefully under immense pressure," she reasoned.

Beth Behrs chose her first post-2 Broke Girls TV role very carefully

After 2 Broke Girls was canceled, Beth Behrs was eager to get back to work as soon as possible. However, as she told CineMovie during a set visit on her follow-up show The Neighborhood, not just any show would do. "I knew I wanted to be a part of a show that had some sort of social impact as my next show because I think our country is so divided right now and I think as artists, one of the main things we can do, is try to help bring people together because comedy is universal and feeling is universal..." she explained.

Behrs stars alongside actor Max Greenfield as a young couple living in a predominantly black neighborhood. Although Behrs noted her character is similar to Caroline Channing because they're both nerds, there are a lot of important differences too. "Tichina [Arnold] ... is teaching me how to be a little bit cooler," she explained.

On her first big role after 2 Broke Girls, Behrs gushed to Decider, "This is my favorite job I've ever had. It's really been my favorite group of all time, everybody's such good humans." 

Beth Behrs got her first lap dance on television

Being a comedic actress, Beth Behrs isn't shy about making a bit of a fool of herself. But there are still certain situations that make her a little uncomfortable. The actress stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show to discuss her TV show The Neighborhood and, after dancing her way onto the stage, admitted to the host that her very first lap dance experience happened while on set. "You know, it's interesting, that's my job, I got paid to do this," she explained.

Dancers from Magic Mike Live stopped by for an episode during which her character and co-star Tichina Arnold's character receive some sexy lap dances. Arnold made fun of Behrs for being awkward while the men were trying to perform, but the 2 Broke Girls star argued, "If someone's gonna get up in your grill like that, I like to get to know them, so they're trying to do their job, and I'm like 'But where you from? What are your dreams? Do you love animals?'" Meanwhile, her co-star was like "'Shut up! You're making them more nervous!"