Kaley Cuoco has been acting professionally since 1992. That’s almost 30 years. Yet when she was filming The Flight Attendant for HBO and had to do a intimate bedroom scene she says she had no idea what to do.
During a roundtable discussion for The Hollywood Reporter with Jean Smart, Lena Waithe, Aidy Bryant, Holly Hunter and Cristin Milioti, Cuoco explained how, after all these years of acting, she found herself in that predicament on The Flight Attendant.
“I had never done any sort of sex scene ever, and I had one in Flight Attendant with Michiel,” Cuoco shared. “He’d been in Game of Thrones, so he’d done all these scenes, and I just had no idea.
“When they called ‘cut,’ I’d be hovering over him like I was on a toilet. I’m like, ‘I’m not touching anything, I’m not looking at anything’. I didn’t know what to do.
“[Michiel] was like, ‘You’re acting so weird. You’re making this way weirder than it needs to be.’ But I was totally out of my element.”
Kaley Cuoco also talked about going from doing a sitcom for over a decade to something more serious.
“For me, coming from a sitcom of 12 years, it was about trying to do something different — but not so different that people are like, ‘Why is she doing that?'” said Cuoco. “It was a bit of a fine line. Like, I wanted to flex different muscles, but I get asked a lot, ‘Are you trying to get away from Penny?’ And the answer is not at all. I would’ve played Penny for 20 years. But I was nervous, wondering, like, am I going to be accepted, even by the business? Or are [people] going to be like, ‘Why is this sitcom girl trying to do this semi-serious show?’ And [then] it was like, where is the audience? Why isn’t anyone laughing? I need people just to clap for me 24/7.”