Kaley Cuoco has spoken about Kunal Nayyar’s ‘amazing’ try out for The Big Bang Theory, revealing that the actor landed the role with his first-ever audition.
Kunal, who is known for playing Rajesh Koothrappali on the comedy, had never tried out for a part before he earned a place on one of the biggest shows of the past 20 years, according to Kaley.
Kaley spoke about Kunal’s experience during an appearance on the Anna Farris Is Unqualified podcast.
Host Anna revealed that her first ever audition after moving to Los Angeles was for Scary Movie, which helped to kickstart her career.
‘You know Kunal Nayyar from Big Bang Theory,’ Kaley said. ‘I believe that was his first audition. [Either his] first audition or first pilot audition.’
‘I remember talking to him, going: “Don’t get used to that. That doesn’t happen!” I couldn’t believe that. That was very similar to what you said, that’s amazing.’
His list of acting work seems to back up the story too. Kunal’s only other credit before The Big Bang Theory arrived in 2007 seems to be his role as ‘Pizza Man’ in 2004’s S.C.I.E.N.C.E – although perhaps it was such a small role he didn’t need to try out for it.
As first auditions go, then, it couldn’t have gone much better.
The role of Rajesh made Kunal a household name, and one of the top-earning stars in TV. He was listed by Forbes as earning $23.5million (£17.5m) in 2018.
Kunal recently spoke exclusively about his Big Bang Theory audition to Metro.co.uk, revealing that the character was originally a scientist called Dave and things were nearly very different.
The actor brought plenty of laughs over the years on The Big Bang Theory, but he recently set about binning all traces of his character with a gym selfie on Instagram.
He is set to star in the upcoming Apple TV’s Suspicion, appearing alongside Uma Thurman in the new thriller, and Kunal recently returned to London to continue filming on the show, after production was temporarily shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Kaley, meanwhile, is winning plaudits for her latest role as the lead in new thriller The Flight Attendant.
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