Experienced actors can certainly handle any situation, or so one might think.
And indeed, there are more than a few who feel comfortable both on the theater stage and in front of the camera and have shot films like series. Nevertheless, there are always moments that even a big stars are not comfortable with. That can happen with a comedy series like “The Big Bang Theory,” where the work can become an ordeal.
As “Penny” actress Kaley Cuoco revealed, however, many of the guest stars on “The Big Bang Theory” got into trouble with the way they worked on the hit series, which was completely unfamiliar to them.
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In the “Actors on Actors” two-way conversation with fellow actress and MCU star Elizabeth Olsen (“WandaVision”), the two stars talked about their experiences with sitcoms. While Olsen first really got into it while working on the Disney+ series (“It’s so hard!”), Cuoco is already a real veteran: Not only does she have twelve years on “The Big Bang Theory” behind her, she also gained plenty of experience in the genre before that. On “TBBT,” she and the crew were a well-coordinated team that worked extremely quickly. “There were no gaps,” Cuoco explained.
But, of course, that wasn’t true for the many guest stars, some of whom are very well-known and well-respected: “They were wonderful, dramatic actors,” the superstars. “And they always felt so lost for a while.” Cuoco compared working on a sitcom to a musical, which is heavily paced and as soon as you falter, even briefly, it can throw the whole production off. She grew up with it, she said, but it wasn’t until “Big Bang” that she saw that it can be very difficult for others to get on set, get going right away, while also performing in front of a live studio audience.
However, Cuoco didn’t reveal who specifically it involved, and as you can easily tell from the many appearances, all of the guest stars apparently succeeded in delivering a great performance in the end. “The Big Bang Theory” came to an end in 2019.