Cuoco at PaleyFest 2013 for The Big Bang Theory
|Born||Kaley Christine Cuoco
November 30, 1985
Camarillo, California, United States
|Other names||Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting|
8 Simple Rules (2002-2005)
|Spouse(s)||Ryan Sweeting (m. 2013; div. 2016)|
I want to be the first person to laugh at myself. It makes other people feel at ease – we're all on an even playing field.
I firmly believe, only because I've been doing this for so long, every show takes three years. 90% of them don't get three years. It just does. It takes a long time to build a community, build a friendship with your characters. It's hard for people to grasp on and make them care about you.
When I started on 'Big Bang,' I was the only girl; I felt like I had four brothers. Then Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik came on the show, and we got really close. Because of that, I'm not so quick to judge other women, and now I have all these amazing new girlfriends.
I feel like a lot of comedians do have that deep, dark thing. I have my stuff, but I don't go to that dark place. Things are just way too good.
I'm not a girly girl. I go to the bar. I like to get dirty. I love sports. I'm like the son my dad never had.
I'm hoping one day to open my own shelter. I would be the person with the three-legged dog. I just love animals more than people; I really do.
I start the day with oatmeal with vanilla almond milk. If I don't, I'm dying by noon and eating everything in sight. On-set, I avoid crap and pack soup and salad. I cook pork chops or turkey tacos for dinner.
I know a lot of the work that paved the way for women happened before I was around… I was never that feminist girl demanding equality, but maybe that's because I've never really faced inequality.
As cheesy as it sounds, all my eggs were never in just one basket. I had a thousand baskets going on.
I've been so lucky and blessed because words and stuff come so easy to me. I have a good memory.
I have to have a cheat day. I know when I'm being good all week long that come Sunday, I'm going to lie by the pool, have a drink, and eat some pizza.
I love classical. I have a lot of, like, Bach and Mozart and stuff. Then you flip on over, and I've got, like, Kanye West and, you know, just a bunch of – I am very eclectic. I love every sort of music.
It's important in a relationship to have moments when you do your own thing.
I cry all the time. I love to laugh, too. It's important to create an environment for yourself where you feel what you need to and don't hold it in.
Staying fit is all about trying to find enjoyment in something physical, because that's the only way you're gonna get results.
I was 16 when I auditioned for the series '8 Simple Rules.' They cast the kids first.
It's hard to tell what an entire series is going to be based on the first few episodes, or even on the first season. And it's sad because you see great casts and good ideas that don't get that opportunity to grow and show what it could turn into.
With my parents, when I was younger, I always had to do two things. If I was acting, I always had to do a sport or something on the arts side of things along with that. That way, if one fell apart, I always had something else to fall back on.
I've learned after so many years in this business that nothing is set in stone until you're on set. I've been told I was the choice for years and never got hired. So I never go there in my mind.
Finally there was a moment when it just hit me. John wouldn't want me to sit on my butt for the rest of my life feeling sorry for myself or sorry for him. As cheesy as it sounds, he would have wanted us to go on.
When I moved in, I said, 'I don't care how this makes me look or sound: I am converting one of these bedrooms into a shoe closet.' It's become more of a dressing room, but one wall is shoes in their perfect cubbies.
I don't go out. I don't go to clubs. It's not my thing. I sit at home with my glass of wine and watch hours of reality TV. I have a million shows on my TiVo.
For me to be with someone, he's got to be fit. Or at least doing something he loves. Following your passion – whether it's hiking or sports or whatever – is super sexy.
My family lived in Thousand Oaks. In 2002, when I was 17, I begged my parents to let me move out. I had money, a real job, and wanted to get my own place.
I'm a country girl at heart. I think an old-school Western would kind of be really up my alley and would be so fun. I'm so comfortable in that genre and around horses.
Horseback riding is my passion. Other than work. People can't imagine me getting dirty, but that's what I love about it.
I will always be the way I was a couple years ago before anything happened. And that's to my parents' credit, my amazing parents who have been around me my whole life and raised me right. I'm very happy with what has happened so far.
After everything happened, we all got super tight. I can't deny it. We all just love each other. James Garner and David Spade came on and we fell in love with them too. We've just become a family all over again. We don't want to lose anyone again.
I wonder, 'Why did I do that line that way?' And I also constantly think I'm fat and hate my teeth. But I've gotten better over the years. I've started to accept.
For me, what I really want to come out of it is to show people that I can hold together a movie, be the number one character and play someone who is twenty or twenty-one.
Acting was just another part of my life, as it still is today. It's 1 of the 10 things I love doing. It's never just been my life. As cheesy as it sounds, all my eggs were never in just one basket. I had a thousand baskets going on.
I would have 55 dogs if I could. I'm hoping one day to open my own shelter.
I was always very silly and never took myself seriously. When my father had the camera out, I'd be up close and annoying. My father would keep saying, 'Move back! Move back!'
If I played tennis, I had to be in a dance class. I always had multiple activities, so I never had to count on any one of them to feel successful.
I know it sounds old-fashioned, but I like the idea of women taking care of their men.
A while ago, I was starting to get bored with my routine, so I tried Spinning and fell in love with it instantly. I go to class three times a week, without fail. I always get there early so I can sit in the front of the studio, and I'm ready to go as soon as the instructor comes in.
James Garner was a gift to our business and an example of honesty and pure class. It was an honor to have worked beside him and receive his bear hugs every day.
Diet cola is my absolute favorite drink in the world; I used to drink four cans a day. But to help me cut down, I've turned it into a treat. Now, instead of having dessert, I'll have a can of diet soda. Putting a limit on how often I can drink it has helped me appreciate it more.
Not all of us are chameleons that can do every different thing. I hope I'm going to be typecast. I will play the girl next door for the rest of my life if I have to. I always kind of feel like I have that in my pocket when I go in a room.
A 'Cosmo' cover has been my dream my entire life. I cried when I found out.
I really am an open book. I don't keep anything in at all, which is good and bad.
I did a movie called 'Quicksand No Escape' with Donald Sutherland and Tim Matheson. I think I was maybe 5. I was really little. Yeah, it was fun. And actually, Felicity Huffman played my mom.
'Big Bang' is unbelievable; I'm blessed, but it's not the only thing in my life.
I had such a normal and amazing childhood. I've been so lucky. My parents are cool and normal. They don't talk about the business, and I still have stuff to do at their house.
If my career path takes me elsewhere, that's great. But comedy is my forte.
I start my day with granola, fresh fruit, and skim milk and end it with something healthy that also comes from my own kitchen.
I love being toned and having muscle; it's so sexy and beautiful. And I owe it 100 percent to yoga.
The final phone call that said we're going to be picked up again was just a miracle. We've overcome the impossible and we're still pushing forward. I know John is smiling and so happy that he gets to watch us on TV.
I like Penny. She's cool. Yeah, she dates some idiots, but, although, so have I. So yeah, I would be friends with her. We'd have a lot to talk about.
Obviously, I don't have a high IQ, but I've always liked nerds and quirky guys.
I think we all have different moods – a nerd one day and cool the next. I think everyone has an inner geek, and I know I definitely do.
I grew up with 'Friends' from day one and, like, 'Seinfeld' and 'Frazier,' those sorts of shows, but for sure, 'Friends' was it for our family. Like, we would watch every Thursday night at eight o'clock; I couldn't wait.
I don't want to be involved with an actor because I know how they are. I've had problems in the past being with guys who haven't had any success or haven't made as much money, and it's very uncomfortable.
I love the studio audience. That's where I feel the most at home. You know right away if you're being funny or not.
It's a fine line of doing what's good for your life and what your parents want you to do, but also following your dreams. With my parents, when I was younger, I always had to do two things. If I was acting, I always had to do a sport or something on the arts side of things along with that.
I have five horses. My first was a professional jumper named Santos. I got him when I was 18.
Unless you're Gisele, you wake up some days and feel ugly. When that happens, I accept that I'm not perfect and it's OK; I can start over again tomorrow.
I was having a bad day, and my friend said, 'Go wash your hair.' I thought it was really silly – but it made me feel so much better. It might be a small thing, but it works. Washing it off and starting over.
I can be a guy's guy and go to a game. But at the end of the night, I can still get dressed up for a date. There are a million different personalities that are part of me.
I've been acting since I was 5, literally since I could walk, and I've always said, 'I think one day I have to be in a fat suit.'
When I fell for Johnny Galecki, we both knew immediately that we had this connection, and that was it.
I only go to yoga to drink wine, so I'm good. I just throw the calories right back in.
It took years for me to figure out what my body needs and that what works for my friends doesn't necessarily work for me. Doing yoga five times a week has transformed my body.
I hate the sound of my voice. I can hear it from a mile away – it's nasally. Why do I talk like that? It freaks me out!
I know how to stand up for myself. I say no when I want to, yes when I want to, and no one can really change my mind.
I'm the type of girl who's always had to buy jeans in three sizes because I never know what my body is going to do from one day to the next.
The problem with being married to an athlete who is, like, 19 feet tall and can just eat, like, 17 burgers at 11 o'clock at night is, you're like, 'I'll have just three of those burgers,' and you think you're being good because he had 19 and you had three!
I've fallen victim to worrying about what everybody thinks. It's never going to be that everyone is happy. You just gotta know what you like and go with it.
I'm a 'Bridesmaids' type of girl. I love silliness. That's who I am at heart, and I know I can do it. If my career path takes me elsewhere, that's great. But comedy is my forte.
I like to be home on a Friday night. I don't go out. I don't go to clubs. It's not my thing. I sit at home with my glass of wine and watch hours of reality TV.
I don't have a high IQ, but I've always liked nerds and quirky guys.
At the end of the day, I do think I'm happiest doing comedy. I love it. I know that I can do other things. I love drama as well.
My parents spent 16 years hauling my butt to L.A. for audition after audition. I remember always hoping I could help take care of them because they took such good care of me.
I wasn't allowed to have sugar as a kid. We didn't have candy or soda or anything, so Easter and Halloween were my favorite times 'cause I could eat as much candy as I wanted.
I love when guys are funny. I love guys that are funny and goofy and over the top. And you know, I really like personality. I do.
I'm a good eater and like to make my own meals. I start my day with granola, fresh fruit, and skim milk and end it with something healthy that also comes from my own kitchen.
My whole family actually, but my parents. I had such a normal and amazing childhood. I've been so lucky. My parents are cool and normal. They don't talk about the business and I still have stuff to do at their house.
I feel like a lot of comedians do have that deep, dark thing. I have my stuff, but I don't go to that dark place.
John was the smartest and most amazing comedian I've ever worked with. I think more than teaching me about acting or comedy, he taught me about life and the love of people and respect of people.
I really don't have a type. I never had a type. If I could put them all together, it's, like, the most different grouping. So I love when guys are funny. I love guys that are funny and goofy and over the top. And you know, I really like personality.
I wouldn't say I was bullied, but I was definitely a bit of an outcast. It was more the kids thinking I thought I was cool. I started homeschooling in fifth grade, and I was much happier.
My 'Big Bang Theory' costar Johnny Galecki went off the grid. He bought a huge ranch and goes there every weekend. He keeps telling me to do the same thing, but I don't know if I'm that committed. The Valley is as far off the grid as I'm going to go.
My mom grew up with horses, and when I turned 14, 15, she's like, 'Do you want to take a riding lesson?' I thought, 'Oh, gross, dirty.' She was like, 'Okay.' And then I did, and now I'm the one cleaning those damn stalls out. You can't get me away from the barn now. It shocks even me.
People tend to think they know you when you come into their televisions every week. They think you are different than who you are. Don't believe everything you hear.
I bleed feminism. I get equal pay to my male costars on a big show; I have my own home. I'm as independent as you could possibly be.
I don't have kids, but I know that you want them to follow their dreams, while at the same time, you don't want them to be sitting around, hoping that dream is just going to come. I'm sure that's hard to tell your kids.
I think an old-school Western would kind of be really up my alley and would be so fun, I'm so comfortable in that genre and around horses.
My new iPhone, I'm obsessed. My iPod. I love all the Mac crap. AppleTV, I'm crazy about that. I'd rather buy a new gadget than, like, a purse.
People tend to think they know you when you come into their televisions every week.
I've grown up on TV, and there were some phases that weren't pretty.