“Big Bang Theory”: Marisa Tomei almost played “Penny” – Kaley Cuoco

The big Bang Theory almost had a completely different girl next door.

The forthcoming Oral History The Big Bang Theory: The definitive inside story of the epic hit series by Jessica Radloff (pre-order here) reveals the four well-known actresses who auditioned for the originally named role of Penny Katiein the 2006 pilot project.

“I read with Marisa Tomei,” series star Jim Parsons reveals in the book, out Oct. 11 (per THR). “I remember going into the lunch room after we were done and telling it [casting directors] ken [Miller] and Niki [Valko], ‘I’ve never auditioned for anyone else!’ And they said, ‘Well, she actually auditioned you.’ And I said, ‘Oh, that makes sense.’ But oh my god, what a different world that would have been.”

Executive producer Bill Prady reveals more american cake‘s Tara Reid also auditioned for Katie Saved by the bell‘s Elizabeth Berkley, who received a callback. Prison breakout‘s Jodi Lyn O’Keefe was then hired but traded for her lost girl‘s Amanda Walsh after the first reading of the table. (O’Keefe would go on to guest star Big Bang as a prostitute named Mikayla in Season 2’s “The Vegas Renormalization”.)

In the original pilot of the CBS sitcom, Sheldon and Leonard offered Katie, a “street-weary” beauty worker who had been made homeless by a breakup, a place to sleep for the night. Although Kaley Cuoco also auditioned for the role, she was not considered the right cast for this version of the character. “Chuck Lorre said, ‘We love you, but we think you’re too young,'” Cuoco once told TVGuide.com. “So they cast someone else, did the pilot, and then they wanted to … change the whole way you look at that character.”

When the series was remade a year later with a freshly from Nebraska Penny as the boys’ female counterpart, “Chuck called me and was like, ‘Kaley, come and meet me,'” continued Cuoco. “Twenty minutes later [meeting with the network] Chuck called and said, ‘You got the job.’” And the rest is history.

Can you imagine a version of? The big Bang Theory without Cuoco as Penny? Watch a leaked clip from the non-aired 2006 pilot starring Walsh as Katie, then stop in the comments.

https://tvline.com/2022/10/06/big-bang-theory-marisa-tomei-penny-pilot-kaley-cuoco/ “Big Bang Theory”: Marisa Tomei almost played “Penny” – Kaley Cuoco

Lindsay Lowe

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