‘Big Bang Theory’ Star Kaley Cuoco Promises She Has Hasn’t Given up on Comedy in ‘The Flight Attendant’

Fans of The Big Bang Theory have gone a whole year without seeing Kaley Cuoco on television since the show ended in 2019. They can still hear her voice on Harley Quinn, but Cuoco has also been working on a new live-action show. The Flight Attendant is an hour long drama for HBO Max that Cuoco calls “career changing.”

Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco
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Cuoco was on a Television Critics Association panel for The Flight Attendant on Aug. 5. She discussed how this show takes her career in entirely new directions, but she promises she’ll be back in a comedy one day. The Flight Attendant premieres this fall on HBO Max.

Kaley Cuoco discovered ‘The Flight Attendant’ during ‘The Big Bang Theory’

The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian caught Cuoco’s attention on Amazon.com. Since she was beginning her production company, Yes, Norman, towards the end of The Big Bang Theory‘s run, she inquired about the rights. 

“I had not read the book but something had told me we should jump on this,” Cuoco said. “Once they started getting into that stuff, I read it really fast. Thank God, I loved it as much as I thought [I would]. There was a bidding war and I won the rights.”

Yes, Norman got Steve Yockey to show run with Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter joining to produce. 

‘The Flight Attendant’ is a very different character for Kaley Cuoco

You’ll definitely see a different side of Cuoco as Cassie. Cassie is a hard partying woman who is often late for flights and sometimes even joins the mile high club on the job. She wakes up one morning next to a man with his throat slit. Very different from Penny on The Big Bang Theory.

The Flight Attendant: Kaley Cuoco
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“Cassie is extremely perfectly flawed,” Cuoco said. “It was kind of an actor’s dream to play someone like her. She’s got a roller coaster of issues but a heart of gold and she’s strong. It’s just a great female character to play. Coming off of comedy on Big Bang which I love, I love making people laugh, there was something about this that I thought if we find the right team and bring some levity to such a dark book, it could be kind of cool.”

This was the biggest career change from ‘The Big Bang Theory’

Cuoco is following up her 12 year stint on The Big Bang Theory with a very different character in a very different genre. However, the real career change was being so involved behind the scenes. 

“Obviously, being a producer and being part of the creative has been a whole new experience for me,” Cuoco said. “I’ve never done that before. I laughed over the last few years working on this. I know too much. Sometimes you don’t want to know the stuff that’s going on. But, it’s been totally career changing for me to see it from the beginning and go with my gut on things and go with my decisions and put this great group together and learn so much.”

Kaley Cuoco will go back to comedy one day

Don’t worry, this career change to say she’d never do a show like Big Bang Theory again. Cuoco said she still has a place for comedy in her career and will continue to keep a hand in both genres. 

“I love making people laugh,” Cuoco said. “I grew up on it, even I Love Lucys and starting out on my first series with John Ritter. I just love the art of making someone laugh and not taking yourself too seriously. Obviously I ended up for years on the show [The Big Bang Theory] and loved it and would do it again in a heartbeat. This was a new path but it wasn’t so far off the path that people are like what is she doing? There’s still that levity and that side of me that got to come out.”

Kaley Cuoco: The Flight Attendant
Kaley Cuoco | HBO Max

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Cuoco said she enjoyed playing Cassie in danger and scared, but this wouldn’t be a permanent move for her. 

“I love sitcoms too,” Cuoco said. “People think, ‘She’s never going to want to do that again.’ That’s what got me to this point but it’s totally cherished. This has been a new ride.”