Kaley Cuoco Will Attempt to Prove She’s Not Just a Comedic Actress With Role Following ‘The Big Bang Theory’

Kaley Cuoco, up until the recent series finale, played Penny in The Big Bang Theory, which aired in 2007. In season one, Kaley Cuoco’s Penny was presented as the stereotypical girl next door to geeky physicists Leonard and Sheldon.

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An aspiring actress and full-time waitress, Cuoco’s character grew over time (according to some circles), and found her way into the hearts of many fans; however, along the way, Cuoco, whether knowingly or not, pushed away former admirers.

From failed attempts at Hollywood blockbusters to claims revealing her poorly defended and appalling view on feminism, Cuoco became one of the most rejected stars on TV (just take a look at Reddit and youtube comments for a full account of the backlash surrounding the actress and her character). However, putting the actress’s reputation among fans aside, many wonder if she has what it takes to succeed as a serious film actor.

Kaley Cuoco tends towards comedy movies (and they haven’t done so well in the past)

If you take a look at Kaley Cuoco’s portfolio, you will notice that it consists mostly of voice work for animation films and comedy flicks. However, despite starring in several major films throughout her time on The Big Bang Theory, the actress has failed to make a positive impression on critics and audiences alike (outside the hit CBS show).

From The Wedding Ringer and To Be Fat Like Me to Authors Anonymous, when Kaley Cuoco takes on a lead role, the movie is critically panned (she is virtually a bad luck charm in Tinseltown). The Wedding Ringer boasts a 27% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes, while Authors Anonymous sits at a whopping 7%. As for To Be Fat Like Me, it’s so well-known that it lacks both a critic and audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.

If Kaley Cuoco continues failing in the comedic space, she may be urged to prove that she can excel in the dramatic sphere. However, after her performance as Billy in Charmed, she has a tough road ahead of her; in this role, she failed to deliver her lines with any degree of conviction and faced a great degree of backlash from the fanbase.

So – with a bumpy road behind her – Kaley Cuoco will attempt to pave a smooth road to success; she will executive produce and star in an upcoming TV movie based on a thriller by Chris Bohjalian.

‘The Flight Attendant:’ Kaley Cuoco will financially back her attempt to break the mold she fortified with ‘The Big Bang Theory’

Though Kaley Cuoco’s major films failed on both the critical and audience front, they were all still in the comedic space, aligning with the approach and disposition inherent to Penny in The Big Bang Theory.

It’s quite possible that Kaley Cuoco has failed to gain attention from casting directors outside of her most frequented genre; and thus, felt motivated to create and produce a TV movie she could star in – The Flight Attendant – to prove that she does possess some dramatic acting chops.

The Flight Attendant tells the story of Cassandra Brown: a girl who wakes up in a Dubai hotel room, hungover, with a dead body lying next to her. Afraid to call the police, Brown continues her morning as if nothing happened. When she arrives in NY and gets questioned by the FBI about her visit to Dubai, she begins to wonder if she could be the killer.

Kaley Cuoco’s production company, Yes, Norman Productions optioned the rights to the novel in 2017; however, when we will get to see Cuoco fight for the future of her acting career has yet to be announced.