Sabrina the Teenage Witch's Caroline Rhea reveals the story behind her casting

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Nov 14, 2017

If you grew up during a certain era of TV, then the recent news that the cast of Sabrina the Teenage Witch had reunited at Stan Lee's Comic Con in Los Angeles was something to cling to in these dark and troubled times. (We recently recognized the warlock-living-as-a-sassy-cat called Salem, who provided us with several gif-able moments, with his very own Lifetime Achievement Award.)

Salem isn't the only Sabrina fave we have; there's also the eccentric and impulsive Aunt Hilda, who was played by actress and comedian Caroline Rhea. When Rhea joined several of her Sabrina cast members to reflect on her time with the series, she admitted that a disastrous IRL experience came at the right moment for her to accept the role in the first place.

In an interview with EW, Rhea says she was coming off a bad breakup when she got a call from showrunner Nell Scovell: "I had just gotten back from this horrible trip to Hawaii with the boyfriend, and the trip was so bad that we broke up before the pictures were developed."

Scovell's pitch on the character turned out to be the deciding factor for Rhea. "She said, '[Hilda]’s a witch and she’s recently imprisoned the man that didn’t love her in her ring.' And I was like, ‘I’ll do it!'"

Rhea would go on to star in the series for its duration, which lasted a combined total of seven seasons between ABC and The WB. All things considered, this might be one of those occasions where a breakup led to something even better -- not just for Rhea, but all of us Sabrina fans who couldn't imagine anyone else in the role.