“I told my team, don’t forget what it feels like because we don’t know when it will happen again,” says Kaley cuoco of his Emmy nominations. After 12 years of making viewers laugh on “The Big Bang Theory,” she finally landed her first (and second!) Emmy nomination for HBO’s “The Flight Attendant”. Cuoco says her arrival in the Best Comedic Actress lineup “blew me away”, but she then landed an additional nomination in the Best Comedic Series category for her work as a producer. She feels lucky to get such an endorsement as she embarks on a new chapter in her career. Watch the exclusive video interview above.
Cuoco bought the rights to “The Flight Attendant” herself, even before she formed her Yes company, Norman Productions. “I was innocently browsing Amazon,” she recalls, laughing. The hit novel’s plot description grabbed her, and when she finally read the book, she knew she had to play Cassie. It would be an actor’s dream, she thought. “I mean, the girl is so messed up. Yet so adorable.
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The production had never interested Cuoco, but “The Flight Attendant” sparked a change. “I also felt like no one would hire me to play her,” the actress said, “so I felt like I had to take this one on my own.” While this series is a dramatic change in tone from her sitcom roots, Cuoco insists she never sought a role that looked like the opposite of her “Big Bang” character. “I am my heart,” she says simply. “I think about the stories I want to tell.
In adapting the novel for the small screen, the actress felt the need to bring to the story what she nicknamed “Cuoco-isms”. The book was “very dark,” so she thought, “we need to make it a little ridiculous and make it a little more cat and mouse.” The result is a series that takes place on a music video and covers an emotional range from dramatic to comedic. “You’re supposed to feel all things,” Cuoco exclaims.
As the producer and star of “The Flight Attendant,” Cuoco also puts into practice the lessons she learned working with the late John ritter on “8 simple rules”. “Everyone was the top priority for him,” she recalls, “he got the best out of everyone.” Cuoco remembers thinking at a young age that “if I was ever number one on this call sheet, I would be like this.” Now, she implements that same work ethic on this show, from top to bottom. “It was the dream of this show,” she explains, “to be able to set the standard for how people should be treated.”
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