Penny Hofstadter isn’t a successful actress in “The Big Bang Theory.” But the actress who plays her, Kaley Cuoco, is one of the highest-paid on television.
She’s been the lead actress in “The Big Bang Theory” for all of its ten seasons so far. At her peak, she made $1 million per episode.
Her life and career have been filled with a few twists and turns, including a stint voicing animated characters and a horse riding accident where she almost lost her leg. Here are 16 things you didn’t know about Kaley Cuoco.
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Cuoco acted in Barbie commercials when she was five years old.
Cuoco’s “The Big Bang Theory” character tried to become an actress while working as a waitress, but Cuoco herself started acting from a young age.
Like many actors, she started in commercials. Two of her notable commercials were for Barbie and Oscar Meyer, around 1990.
She starred alongside Donald Sutherland and Tim Matheson in her first TV movie.
The actress was in the little-known 1992 movie “Quicksand: No Escape,” about an architect framed for a murder. Sutherland plays a private detective, Tim Matheson plays the architect, and Cuoco plays the architect’s daughter.
A few years later, she played a younger version of Ellen DeGeneres.
In a flashback scene of a 1996 episode of DeGeneres’s sitcom, “Ellen,” Cuoco played Ellen herself. It’s part of a reverie where she’s remembering the bullying social dynamics of summer camp. The scene is short, but she already shows off her comedic chops and impeccable timing.