9 Reasons We're Crazy About Kaley Cuoco

The universe may have formed nearly fourteen billion years ago, but it's hard to imagine a time before The Big Bang Theory. Eleven seasons in, the fan-favorite sitcom remains as steller as ever, and shining bright in the cast is the luminous and lovely Kaley Cuoco. Here are a few reasons why we love having the down-to-earth actress in our orbit.

Kaley Cuoco of The Big Bang Theory is a star in her own right.

Kaley Cuoco of The Big Bang Theory is a star in her own right.

The universe may have formed nearly fourteen billion years ago, but it's hard to imagine a time before The Big Bang Theory.

Although the TV show has wrapped its final 12th season, the fan-favorite sitcom remains as stellar and binge-worthy as ever, and shining bright in the cast is the luminous and lovely Kaley Cuoco.

Here are a few reasons why we love having the down-to-earth actress in our orbit.

Photography by Jeff Lipsky. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, August 2011.

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She knows a good thing when she's got one.

She knows a good thing when she's got one.

Though Kaley Cuoco has been in show biz since age four, she hasn't let the pursuit of fame warp her worldview.

"I don't care about becoming super famous. I'm not a crazy person about it. I like the level I'm at. You're spoiled when you're on a TV show. Summer comes around and I get to hang around with the animals, cook, and do nothing. I'll play Penny as long as they'll let me," Kaley told Watch! during an August 2011 interview.

Photography by Jeff Lipsky. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, August 2011.

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She loves her Big Bang family.

She loves her Big Bang family.

"I have special moments with each of them daily. They're my whole life. It's college, it's family, it's all those things," Kaley Cuoco said of The Big Bang Theory co-stars Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg,Kunal Nayyar, and Jim Parsons in her 2011 Watch! interview.

Sure, keeping these long-standing friendships alive would be easier if, say, they all lived down the hall, but Kaley's bond with her TBBT castmates gives their on-screen chemistry a little extra sizzle.

Photography by Mark Mann. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, October 2009.

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She's happy to prove the haters wrong.

She's happy to prove the haters wrong.

Kaley knows that it pays to follow your instincts and rise above the negativity.

"They said we were going to fail two episodes in. Before they even saw the show, they were not fans," Kaley said of the show's early critics in an October 2009 interview with Watch!

Clearly, she should have listened to the naysayers because—wait, what's that? Oh. Right. The wildly popular show has held the top spot as America's #1 comedy for multiple TV seasons. Never mind.

Photography by Patrick Demarchelier. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, October 2010.

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She sticks up for her boys—on and off screen.

She sticks up for her boys—on and off screen.

Like her character Penny, Kaley is fiercely devoted to all the Big Bang Theory characters.

In an October 2009 interview with Watch!, Kaley recalled filming a scene in the second season, where Penny defended her scientifically-minded friends. "When I stuck up for them and said, 'These are my guys,' the crowd screamed. And I kept thinking, 'Don't cry! Don't cry!' Because I was so touched. We're all so protective of these characters, I could cry right now thinking about it."

Photography by Mark Mann. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, October 2009.

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She knows how to chill.

She knows how to chill.

How, a mortal might wonder, does one of TV's biggest stars spend her Friday nights? "In front of the TV with my dog. So embarrassing! My glasses, my iPad, my dog. A glass of wine and whatever leftovers I have in the fridge," Kaley told Watch! in an October 2010 interview. 

Honestly, Kaley, if you ever want to split a bottle of Pinot and greasy Chinese food with a plus one, just shoot us a DM.

Photography by Jeff Lipsky. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, August 2011.

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She's not asking for any favors.

She's not asking for any favors.

You'll never catch Kaley bellowing the phrase, "Do you know who I am?" Humble by nature, she insists on always paying her fair share.

"I never ask for anything. I actually have a big issue with that. I can't even handle a comped dinner. If there's no bill, I freak out and leave like a $500 tip. I'm way more comfortable paying for things myself. I get too embarrassed," Kaley told Watch! in her August 2011 interview.

Photography by Patrick Demarchelier. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, August 2010.

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She isn't a city slicker.

She isn't a city slicker.

Kaley happily admits that she's not a girly-girl like her Big Bang character Penny. One her favorite pastimes is spending time with her horses. 

"I'm a country girl at heart. Anything related to horses, equestrians, or long, paisley dresses... that's all so me," Kaley told Watch! in 2011.

Photography by Jeff Lipsky. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, August 2011.

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She's not afraid to get her heart broken.

She's not afraid to get her heart broken.

While the Penny and Leonard saga is one for the ages, Kaley admits that she is also a head-over-heels romantic.

"I fall really hard, really fast. And even when I get my heart broken, I do it again. Like, immediately. I just have a huge heart, I have so much to give," she told Watch! in 2010.

Photography by Jeff Lipsky. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, August 2011.

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She keeps her cool, even in haute situations.

She keeps her cool, even in haute situations.

Kaley Cuoco is the kind of girl who appreciates the finer things in life, and she always game for high-glam fashion moment—like modeling this Magalis Garcia dress for a gorgeous Watch! cover photo shoot.

As she shared with Watch! in 2011, Kaley is a self-described shopaholic and prefers tailored designer pieces that she chooses herself: "I spend all my money on my clothing. It's just my thing. I work with a stylist for press and red carpet events but I'd never have a personal shopper [for everyday clothing]; I love shopping too much. I'd never give that pleasure away."

Photography by Patrick Demarchelier. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, October 2010.

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