Nearly two years after The Big Bang Theory came to an end, Kaley Cuoco has become a Golden Globe-nominated actress for her role on The Flight Attendant.
For some, this news might come as a surprise but the achievement is just the latest piece of evidence that far too many people have underestimated the 35-year-old.
After playing lovable Penny for 12 seasons on the hit sitcom – and raking in plenty of big bucks in the process – all eyes were on the actress to see what she would do next. The role never really asked too much of the star so it was easy for some viewers to forget what Kaley is truly capable of.
Indeed, her co-star Jim Parsons was always expected to get stuck into interesting projects outside of the comedy field, but many seemed unsure about what Kaley would do after a career that has mostly seen her in sitcom roles.
However, anyone who’d paid attention to the actress’ career over the years should have known she has been on an upward trajectory ever since she first set foot on a set 30 years ago.
Kaley worked as a child actress for 10 years before she landed a part alongside the late John Ritter in the much-loved sitcom 8 Simple Rules… for Dating My Teenage Daughter in 2002.
When the series ended five years later, Kaley tried to take a step away from comedy as she joined the cast of Charmed for a year. However, things weren’t meant to be with the show – leaving her free to take on her now-iconic part on TBBT.
It would have been easy for the actress to just jump onto another sitcom, or attempt to sign up for a string of rom-com films as previously done by the likes of Jennifer Aniston post-Friends. However, Kaley decided to take matters into her own hands and launched her production company, Yes, Norman Productions.
Her first project was a surprise, to say the least, voicing DC comic character Harley Quinn in a widely-praised animated TV series on HBO Max. That really should have been the first sign that Kaley was out to carve out a path for herself that would showcase her full abilities.
Following in the footsteps of Reese Witherspoon and other powerful leading ladies in Hollywood, Kaley chose to use her production company as a vehicle to take on roles she would be challenged by after 279 episodes as the same bubbly character.
In many ways, it’s this gutsy nature that has led her to be in the running for best performance by an actress in a television series – musical or comedy… for a project which she fell in love with simply because of what she saw on the book cover.
Yep, Kaley began the process to option the rights for Chris Bohjalian’s 2018 bestseller, The Flight Attendant, before she’d finished reading it. All because she saw the potential to take on something no-one would expect from her.
The HBO Max series stars Kaley as alcoholic flight attendant Cassie Bowden, a woman who ends up in the middle of a murder investigation that brings to light her not-so-hidden trauma and then some.
Critics across the globe have agreed that the actress shines bright in the role, using her natural charm and comedic expertise to make what is a mess of a character to be likable, relatable and someone you root for despite her frustrating behaviour.
She is even more impressive because of the way she carries the weight of the more serious aspects of the role on her shoulders with such ease. The camera is glued to her in so many shots and Kaley all but revels in the chance to show exactly what she’s got as she delves into Cassie’s trauma.
It’s a performance worthy of praise – and that’s exactly why it has been getting it in spades. If that wasn’t enough, she also worked as an executive producer on the show, meaning that everything about the series was approved by herself and her team.
After years of having to act out someone else’s vision, the star proved she’s learned a thing or two about what it takes to create entertainment from the front of the camera and behind it as well.
At the end of the day, Kaley’s projects won’t always be for everyone. That’s just life.
But one thing people can’t deny now is the fact she has the range to go further than even she might have dreamed. And now she’ll get to do so at the helm of a successful production company that’s already got its eye on more exciting ideas.
The Flight Attendant might have helped her bag her first-ever Golden Globe nomination, but something tells me that it won’t be her last.
Here’s to you, Kaley Cuoco – congratulations on a well-earned nod from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. You deserve it, hun.
Credit: Original article published here.