Kaley Cuoco Opens Up About Her Emotional BTS Big Bang Theory Story

Kaley Cuoco shares an emotional story about a behind-the-scenes ritual with her father, more than three years after The Big Bang Theory ended.

Kaley Cuoco tells an emotional behind-the-scenes story about her time on The Big Bang Theory. The actress played Penny on the hit sitcom for all 12 seasons. Indeed, her arrival in Pasadena kicks off the series’ events, as she befriends her new neighbours, Leonard and Sheldon.

Cuoco has been a part of The Big Bang Theory since season one, but she almost didn’t make it. The original pitch for the sitcom was very different, and CBS requested that it be revised. Sheldon and Leonard were the only characters from the original concept who survived the revamped version, and because it was an ensemble project, more actors were brought in, including Cuoco. Penny had the most personal growth during The Big Bang Theory’s 12-season run.

Cuoco considers her time on The Big Bang Theory to be a privilege for which she is grateful. Aside from the experience, it demonstrated her father’s support for her, as she revealed in an interview on The Late Late Show With James Corden that her father attended all live tapings for the show. Even though it had ended three years prior, he still missed it. Read her complete story here:

It’s impressive that Cuoco’s father was able to attend all of The Big Bang Theory’s live filmings for 12 years. Having said that, it’s worth wondering if he was present in the few episodes that his daughter missed. The actress actually missed two episodes of The Big Bang Theory season 4. Due to a horse-riding accident that broke her leg. The show didn’t make a big deal out of her absence. And given that the show has six other main characters, they were able to get away with it. When Penny returned a few episodes later, she needed to wear a cast. So CBS gave her a new role to work around this — a bartender at The Cheesecake Factory.

Aside from this instance, it’s also worth wondering what Cuoco’s father thought about Penny. She was constantly objectified and even mocked for comedic purposes when the sitcom first aired. Cuoco has acknowledged this since the sitcom ended, so it’s possible that they’ve always had issues with it. Fortunately, as the series progressed, Cuoco established herself as a three-dimensional character, and CBS reduced her sexualization.

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