Kaley Cuoco is flying excessive along with her newest collection, HBO Max’s The Flight Attendant, which has her up for a Golden Globe at Sunday’s awards present. But in a brand new Variety interview, the actress displays on her best-known TV gig, with CBS’s The Big Bang Theory, and the way she was blindsided by the choice to finish it.
Now 35, Cuoco was simply 21 when she was solid as Penny, the waitress dwelling subsequent door to nerds Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Leonard (Johnny Galecki, whom Cuoco secretly dated early on in the present’s run). As the long-running hit’s 12th season bought underway, in the summer season of 2018, the star says she and Galecki had “talked lots about” the prospect of doing one other 12 months.
“Did we wish to do it? And we actually did,” she tells Variety of returning for Season 13.
When collection creator and govt producer Chuck Lorre referred to as them into his workplace, they assumed it was to focus on a renewal. But Cuoco — who takes pains to inform the story “appropriately” — realized that the assembly was to announce co-star Parsons’s need to leave the present. The information left her in a “state of shock.”
“Jim mentioned, ‘I don’t suppose I can proceed on,'” Cuoco shares. “And I was so shocked that I was actually like, ‘Continue on with what?’ Like, I didn’t even know what he was speaking about. I checked out Chuck: ‘Wow. I believed we have been — I’m so blown away proper now.’”
Lorre reminded the celebs that the present could not go on with none one of them, telling the group, “We’re all for one, one for all. And we’re not going to do that with out the entire crew.”
Cuoco says “everybody had their open emotions, and there have been questions and tears” through the assembly, however says Lorre’s name for solidarity was spot-on: “That was the one factor all of us agreed on — we got here in collectively, we exit collectively.”
Though she’s made peace with the present’s finish, and has since discovered success as each a lead actress and producer with The Flight Attendant, in addition to voicing Harley Quinn on HBO Max’s animated collection, her Big Bang Theory expertise nonetheless makes her emotional.
“Oh, my God, I don’t bear in mind my life earlier than this present!” she remembers considering on the time. “And I went by a divorce on the present,” she famous in a reference to first husband Ryan Sweeting, including, “we bought married in, like, six seconds.” Cuoco divorced Sweeting in 2016 and has been married to Karl Cook since 2018.
While the “all for one, one for all” tactic meant saying goodbye to the present prior to she’d hoped, it did show to be a profitable technique in phrases of negotiating pay. By The Big Bang Theory‘s eighth season, she, Galecki and Parsons have been all making $1 million per episode apiece, although they later took a pay lower in order that different solid members could possibly be paid extra.
“I knew that I was equal to them from day one,” Cuoco says of her male co-stars. “And that was by no means questioned in my expertise with Big Bang — which I’ll at all times admire, as a result of it set a normal for me.”
Of signing their first main contract, she remembers that she and Galecki “checked out one another and we have been like, ‘What the hell simply occurred? Should we exit to dinner? Should we “cheers”?’ We didn’t fairly know what to do.”
Being one of the highest-paid girls in TV “was a blessing,” Cuoco says now. “I was ready to take care of lots of issues in my life and my household, and I’ll eternally be pleased about that.”
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