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.
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.
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