Why the Future Looks Bleak for Kaley Cuoco Following ‘The Big Bang Theory’

The Big Bang Theory will finally come to an end this May. After twelve successful seasons, the cultural phenomenon starring a set of socially awkward physicists and the pretty girl next door will air its final episode May 16. While the show has since grown beyond the explanation mentioned above, fans will always remember Penny, Leonard, Sheldon, Raj, and Howard as the original players.

While Jim Parsons is set to reprise his role as Michael in the Netflix production of The Boys in the Band (which he previously starred in on Broadway) and play Larry Simpson in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, the future doesn’t look so bright for the rest of the cast. Kaley Cuoco, in particular, may struggle to land quality roles outside of The Big Bang Theory following the finale.

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Kaley Cuoco | Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for Bethesda

When it comes to Kaley Cuoco, delving into her past will help paint a clear picture regarding her bleak future, as the actress has – throughout her run on The Big Bang Theory – failed to employ her “It girl” status to good use.

Kaley Cuoco has starred in several disastrous movies while playing Penny on ‘The Big Bang Theory’

During her time with The Big Bang Theory, Kaley Cuoco has appeared in The Wedding Ringer, Authors Anonymous, The Last Ride, and more. The Wedding Ringer currently boasts an impressive 27% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes, while Authors Anonymous, struggling to attain a double-digit rating sits at 7%, and The Last Ride (which Cuoco only played a supporting actress in) has the highest rating at 44%.

Kaley Cuoco has starred in a few major blockbuster movies since landing her role on The Big Bang Theory; however, most of them have been critical disasters. Not to mention, she often stars in comedies, which has led many fans and casting directors to believe that she does not have the acting chops to excel in a dramatic leading role. Which, given her history, may be the case.

Kaley Cuoco has won two Razzie awards for Worst Supporting Actress…and is losing her reputation as a result

Kaley Cuoco – while playing Penny with an air of ease – struggles to deliver on the other characters she inhabits. As a result, Cuoco has won two Razzie Awards in the Worst Supporting Actress category.

She won this award for Alvin & the Chipmunks: Road Chip and for her role in The Wedding Ringer alongside Kevin Hart.

Despite winning awards that argue incompetence on the acting front, the actress, reportedly, asks for rather high compensation for her work. If your movies perform poorly at the box office and are the subject of widespread critical disdain, who are you to ask for big bucks? As she continues to star in flops, her reputation continues to get closer and closer to rock bottom, and producers fail to see the point in satisfying her asking price.

Kaley Cuoco now mostly works as a voice actor

From frequent requests to star in supporting roles in independent films to leading disastrous comedies down the gutter, Kaley Cuoco’s acting potential seems limited. As a result, she has struggled (and will likely continue struggling) to gain work on another major network show or movie, outside TBBT. However, many will entrust her with voice work.

Following TBBT, Kaley Cuoco will provide the voice of Harley Quinn for a TV series. It seems that, while Kaley Cuoco may struggle as an actress, she has a voice that works well with animated works. However, is this where the actress wants to spend the rest of her career? She is also set to star in a TV movie titled The Flight Attendant.

So, Kaley Cuoco, throughout the years, has gone from an actress on a hit show, quickly landing leading roles alongside Hollywood A-listers, to a straight-to-TV actor with a handful of mediocre voice roles. Things clearly aren’t looking up for this one.