Um, Kaley Cuoco Wasn’t The First Choice To Play Penny On ‘The Big Bang Theory’ And, Like, HOW?!
- In an interview with TV Guide magazine, actress Kaley Cuoco revealed she wasn’t originally cast to play Penny on The Big Bang Theory.
- Back then, the character’s name was actually Katie and played by another actress, Amanda Walsh.
- Kaley explained that she was first turned down because she was too young, but then auditioned for the role a year later—and got it.
It’s weird to think that anyone other than Kaley Cuoco could play Penny on The Big Bang Theory, but Kaley just revealed that she—and Penny—almost didn’t make it into the show.
In a new interview with TV Guide magazine, the BBT cast revealed that the hit sitcom was originally a failed pilot starring Johnny Galecki as Leonard Hofstadter and Jim Parsons as his roommate, Sheldon Cooper. Apparently, no one else from the current cast was involved. Eventually, studio execs saw something in the pilot and decided to retool the approach.
The Penny fans now know and love was originally a girl named Katie, and she “was not as appealing as that proverbial girl next door,” says Peter Roth, president and chief content officer or Warner Bros. Television Group. She was also played by an actress named Amanda Walsh.
Kaley did try out for the role of Katie, but didn’t get it. Why? “I was too young, which I love saying because I don’t get to say that I’m too young anymore,” she told the publication. “Then, a year later, I heard they were doing it again, and they brought me back in to read for Penny.”
Thank G for second chances, right?! Kaley (clearly) nabbed the role, and went on to become one of the highest paid actresses in television. (According to Forbes, she made a cool $24.5 million in 2018.)
ICYMI, The Big Bang Theory is now in its last season, which is so, so weird—it’s been on since practically forever (aka 2007). “I’ll have to go on autopilot to a certain degree to get the show done,” Johnny told TV Guide.
“I’m devastated. It’s gonna kill me slowly,” Kaley added. Same, Kaley, same.
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