Actress Kaley Cuoco, best known for her role on the hit show “The Big Bang Theory,” recently opened up about her experience filming an awkward s-x scene for her new series “The Flight Attendant.”
In an interview with a group of fellow actresses for the Hollywood Reporter’s Comedy Actress roundtable, Cuoco revealed that she had never before filmed a s-x scene and that the experience was uncomfortable and out of her comfort zone.
“I had never done any sort of s-x scene ever, and I had one in Flight Attendant with Michiel,” Cuoco said, referring to her co-star Michiel Huisman.
“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. He 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.”
Despite the awkwardness of the situation, Cuoco emphasized that she was committed to portraying her character, Cassie Bowden, in an authentic and complex manner.
“I wanted her to be complicated,” she explained. “This was a girl who is an alcoholic, a functioning alcoholic, and the times when she was unable to drink is actually when she starts spiraling.”
“You can’t play someone drunk 24/7. But when she’s drinking, she gets through work. I have people in my life who function and work and drink all day long. So taking these sips throughout the day is what kept her normal.”
However, Cuoco faced some resistance from producers who were concerned about the character’s alcoholism making her less likable.
“There was a constant conversation of, like, ‘Well, she has to be likable.’ And I was like, ‘We’re playing a complicated woman here. Like, not everything is likable, and we can still love her.’”
“But we probably have all dealt with this in our careers. And I kept pushing, like, this girl has a lot of problems and it’s OK and we’re going to show it and maybe this will reach someone else.”
Cuoco’s willingness to take on a challenging and nuanced role is a testament to her dedication as an actress.
Despite the initial discomfort and challenges she faced, she remained committed to creating a realistic and relatable portrayal of a complex character.
Her portrayal of Cassie Bowden in “The Flight Attendant” is a powerful reminder of the importance of representing diverse and realistic characters on screen, and the potential impact that these stories can have on audiences.