Kaley Cuoco revealed an interesting behind-the-scenes detail about her time on the hit sitcom The Big Bang Theory.
While appearing on Dax Shepard’s podcast, Cuoco shared that she believes show creator Chuck Lorre played a strange prank on her and co-star Johnny Galecki by writing multiple sex scenes for their characters Penny and Leonard after the actors had broken up in real life.
Cuoco and Galecki dated for two years during the early seasons of the show. After their amicable split, Cuoco noticed a sudden increase in intimate scenes between their characters. “When we broke up, obviously it was a little sensitive for a minute,” she recalled. “But I remember those weeks when Chuck had written these episodes where all of a sudden our characters were sleeping together every other second.”
Galecki himself even seems to share Cuoco’s suspicion that Lorre intentionally ramped up the on-screen sexual tension between the exes as an odd joke. While Cuoco laughed it off as eccentric behavior from the sitcom hitmaker, she admitted the scenes were initially uncomfortable to film given the circumstances.
Thankfully Cuoco and Galecki maintained a professional working relationship and friendship following their breakup. And fans enjoyed seeing Penny and Leonard eventually get married on the show after dating on-and-off for years.
Since finishing her 12-season run as Penny on The Big Bang Theory in 2019, Kaley Cuoco has stayed very busy with new acting projects.
Most notably, she voices the title role of Harley Quinn in the adult animated series on HBO Max, which will return for a third season in 2023. Cuoco has also taken on live-action parts like Sheila in the 2022 romantic comedy Meet Cute and Anne in the action flick The Man from Toronto.
She continues to play Cassie Bowden in the hit HBO Max dramedy The Flight Attendant, which she also executive produces. Additionally, Cuoco has made guest appearances on shows like Curb Your Enthusiasm and Young Sheldon in recent years. It’s clear the prolific actress has seamlessly transitioned to new comedic and dramatic projects post-Big Bang.