Mary Lynn Rajskub gave birth to a baby boy last Thursday. The child, Rajskub’s first, was delivered two weeks after the baby’s due date. The father, physical trainer Matthew Rolph, did not want to know the sex of the baby, so the couple kept it a surprise until birth. Rajskub has taken a short maternity leave from her role on 24, where she plays terse computer whiz Chloe O’Brian. While FOX has not been specific as to how they’ve dealt with Rajskub’s absence during the current filming of season 7, it was reported earlier this month that Carlo Rota was being brought in to spell Chloe during her mysterious leave from the action of 24’s seventh season. Rota plays Morris O’Brian, Chloe’s ex-husband and possible father of Chloe’s now-young child.
Rajskub is one of the few peripheral characters who was retained by 24 as they moved into their seventh season. 24, which was supposed to air season 7 last January, was severely hampered by the writers’ strike and was forced to postpone season 7 until January 2009. This delay has allowed 24, however, to film a two-hour prequel film in the meantime. 24: Exile, which was filmed almost entirely on location in South Africa, bridges the gap between seasons 6 and 7.
Mary Lynn Rajskub has had a funny little career path. A stand-up comic by trade, she’s mostly eked out a Hollywood career via bit, comedic parts. Then, 24 came along, and Rajskub was cast as an entirely unfunny character. Chloe is serious to a fault, and it makes her a great, unique character. Hopefully, Rajskub can take a deserved post-birth rest, and get back to the 24 set as soon as possible. Jack Bauer is going to need her help at some point.