Kaley Cuoco Receives Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Although she’s been on two long-running sitcoms like “The Big Bang Theory” in her brief 29 years, Kaley Cuoco says film roles are still somewhat elusive for her. So when she had the opportunity to audition for the role of a troubled twentysomething in independent drama “Burning Bodhi,” she was eager to prove herself.

“I got to show a completely different side of me,” Cuoco says. “No one really wants to take a chance on me like that, but I’m a very emotional person so it comes easier to me than you would think.”

Surprising audiences might be what Cuoco does best. She demonstrated as a teenager that she was more than a flash in the pan on ABC’s “8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter,” learning a few comedic tricks from her late co-star John Ritter, and has since become the comedic, maternal heart of CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory.” And on Oct. 29 the recently married actress will get her star on the Walk of Fame, close to that of mentor Ritter.

“She has incredible skill as a comic actress that really can’t be taught,” says “Big Bang” creator Chuck Lorre. “Her intuitive nature as to how to play a scene, plus all the experience she garnered on ‘8 Simple Rules,’ has made her very rich. She can do just about anything you ask of her as a writer, which is quite a gift.”

The coveted film audition did land her the role, of course, but not because the director liked her work on “Big Bang.” In fact, Matthew McDuffie, who wrote and directed Cuoco’s dramatic debut in “Burning Bodhi,” says he had no idea who she was when she was reading, but she made a lasting impression.

“She was just so raw and beautiful. I knew from the audition that she was a fine actor, but range is an accessibility to your emotions, and she can get there,” says McDuffie, who’s just finishing up the film and prepping to submit it on the festival circuit. “The coolest part in working with her is that she’s a really good storyteller as an actor.” Things didn’t always come so easy to Cuoco, though she admits that her tenure in the business has been fairly charmed.

“I have been so lucky,” she says. “I remember going to my agent (at age 14), and she said, ‘I don’t think you’re going to work until you’re 16, until you have your GED, and you’re done with school.’

“And she was right. I did not work from 14 to 16. Then that’s when ‘8 Simple Rules’ came around and, knock on wood, I was able to work consistently ever since then and play my age and kind of grow up a little bit in the business.”

While working on “8 Simple Rules,” she says what she watched and learned from Ritter was invaluable. “When I would do scenes with him, he would do every single take completely different,” she says. “And the audience was just roaring because it was almost like a different scene every time. And I thought, ‘I’ve got to continue to do that if I do another show.’ I like to change it up and keep the audience excited and give the editor something to play with.

“I just love an audience,” she continues. “They tell you if you’re funny right then or not.”

Lorre points to her ability to work with the audience’s reactions as a coveted skill in her repertoire.

“There’s a tempo that happens in front of an audience that an actor has to listen for,” Lorre says.

“Kaley’s experience allows her very easily to ride those waves off the audience’s laughter and responses. It’s kind of second nature to her at this point.”

While Cuoco is locked into “Big Bang” until 2017, she says she’s eager to pursue film. In addition to “Burning Bodhi,” she has the comedy “The Wedding Ringer” with Kevin Hart and Josh Gad hitting theaters in January.

But that’s not to say she’s eager to end her tenure on a show that has lasted a good portion of her life.

“The show has done wonders for me, in a million ways. If I played something like this for the rest of my life, I would be absolutely thrilled. After the show, I don’t know if I’d want to do TV anymore. It’s extremely close to my heart, but I would love to move into movies.”

Nevertheless, the draw of TV remains strong. And doesn’t every actor really want to produce or direct?

“If you asked me this question 10 years ago, I would’ve said, ‘No, I have so many other loves in my life,’” she says. “It looks more interesting to me now than it used to. But I think my place is in front of the camera not behind, and I don’t know if that will ever change.”

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  1. Although “Big Bang Theory”, Mike and Molly”, and “MOM” are the newest in a long series of Sit-Com’s Chuck Lorre has Made into hits: ” Two And A Half Men ” still has tons of laughs left for the viewing audience.
    Working on all the Pilots of the above hits and spending almost half my Motion Picture and Television career on ” Two and A Half Men ”
    I still get to laugh and will continue to laugh in the years to come while filming or just watching reruns from the past. You gotta read the Vanity Cards, Chuck Lorre writes at the end of each episode. That’s a lot of “Vanity” if you add up.
    Although Alan, Berta, Angus, Charlie, Walden and other Half Like men and women have come and gone the laughs carry on! Well past 2017 when Kaley Cuoco and the “Big Bang Theory” carry on the torch!
    Tony V. ” Best Boy Grip “

  2. Rich says:

    Wow she’s got a star for her acting hmmmmm well I guess if you act like a kid they will give you anything. Sad they make the stars so cheap when there are real actors who have given so much to the industry and they have not had the honor in their name not kaily just sad so many greats have been forgotten

  3. steve says:

    I like Kaley, but there are so many other celebrities more deserving of a star on the walk of fame. She’s a decent actress, but the real star of Big Bang Theory is, of course, Jim Parsons. Hollywood got it right (for once) when he was rewarded with an Emmy. I think you should have to do a lot more than be on a couple TV shows to get your own star.

  4. Kay Wii says:

    Why? Phylicia Rashad, Judi Dench, Blair Underwood, MARTIN LAWRENCE, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ruby Dee, Paul Walker but her??? She has not done ANYTHING to deserve it. NOTHING!!!. I just don’t understand how Hollywood keeps the self congratulatory and reward my friends who are undeserving mantras. This is some fraggle knackle bull!!!

  5. oh gosh no give it to Sheldon and Leonard, she doesn’t deserve it she is just a 2bit actress Joke and more joke to bad she bought it SAD

  6. Mare says:

    Don’t forget her turn as Billy on Charmed. That was one of my favorite characters.

  7. Angela says:

    Why does she have a star, for a tv show are you kidding me so we just throwing them out there now well hell I want one to

  8. meghan says:

    Good thing she went with Cuoco instead of Cuoco-Sweeting, since it likely will be Cuoco again in a year or two.

  9. TedK817 says:

    Pay some dues … not just the $5K+ it costs to get a star.

  10. Art D'artist says:

    This proves the Hollywood Walk of Fame star placements are Bought! — Years ago, they were actually voted in by committee and the process seemed to change back around 1970 when the committee would not give PAUL ROBESON a star because of his communist beliefs…. Then Hollywood heavy hitter JACKIE COOPER refused his star if Robeson was not given one.. Since then, more controversies like that have happened and the committee has actually done away with the voting process and gives it to the stars or agency that can afford the price.

  11. Jo says:

    The fact that Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman and Al Pacino don’t have their own stars tells you everything you need to know about its worth.

    • mary says:

      And Robert DeNiro, Sean Connery, Leo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Clint Eastwood…. the list goes on.
      This “honor” means nothing.

  12. ijsspunch says:

    FOR WHAT REASON? she is not that great of an actress. she is my least favorite on Big bang Theory because of her acting

  13. Bryan says:

    The sad part of this, is that she’ll most become irrelevant when BBT is over.

  14. krystamae says:

    She earned this? Funny! She bought it! WOF has become less special over the years. Sad.

  15. Good for you, Mrs. Cuoco-Sweeting! I look forward to seeing Burning Bodhi.

  16. peter says:

    That is how you make walk of fame a joke…

  17. Andy Worthington says:

    Wow, so they just give those out to anyone nowadays, huh? I mean, I like Big Bang Theory, but that hardly is a large enough body of work to justify this IMO. She’s only 29, I feel like stars are more of a lifetime achievement type thing.

  18. witzshared says:

    Sorry Kaley, enjoy you on Big Bang but you haven’t done anything that great to deserve a star. I guess anyone can buy a star now a days which is sad since it now has become like a participation trophy in youth sports.

    • How sad says:

      So weird you mentioned the participation trophy. That was my exact thought when I read the headline. What’s really sad is people like Clint Eastwood, George Lucas, Oprah Winfrey, Steve Martin, Julia Roberts, Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, etc…, who have done the most for the industry, do NOT have one.

      • grandmal006 says:

        Also Lou Diamond Phillips! He has done a terrific acting job! Both in films and television! Been in the business now for many years.

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