Welcome to Kaley Cuoco Web your daily dose dedicated to our favorite girl next door! Kaley is best known as Penny on the TV hit and award-winning show The Big Bang Theory and as Bridget on the sitcom 8 Simple Rules. Kaley was most recently seen as Ava on Based On A True Story, as Cassie in The Flight Attendant on HBO Max, and as the voice of Harley Quinn in the animated series. Our goal is to bring you the latest news stories, images, media clips, and more; we hope you enjoy your visit and please come back to www.kaley-cuoco.com soon!
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“Based on a True Story” has been renewed for Season 2 at Peacock.

The eight-episode first season of the dark comedy debuted on the streaming service in June. It starred Kaley Cuoco, Chris Messina, Tom Bateman, Priscilla Quintana, Liana Liberato, Natalia Dyer, and more.

The show is a satire of the true crime genre with elements loosely inspired by real events. The official description of Season 1 states that it is about “Ava (Cuoco) and her husband Nathan (Messina), a down-on-their-luck couple, whose lives collide with an infamous serial killer terrorizing Los Angeles and seize a unique opportunity to capitalize on America’s obsession with true crime by making a podcast with the killer.”

Craig Rosenberg created the series and serves as showrunner and executive producer. Cuoco executive produces in addition to starring. Jason Bateman and Michael Costigan also executive produce via Aggregate Films, with Roxie Rodriguez of Aggregate and Melissa Blake co-executive producing. Alex Buono directed the first and last episodes of Season 1 and served as an executive producer on the season. UCP is the studio.

Source: Variety

October 21, 2023 Jennifer

Kaley Cuoco, Tom Pelphrey, Briana Cuoco, Midori Francis, Rebecca Mozo and Justin Chatwin are set to star in the play Love Kills, a special event that will see all proceeds going towards IATSE members who have been impacted by the strikes.

Based on the one-act plays by Don Nigro, the event will run November 15-18 at the Colony Theater in Burbank.

Kevin Kittle is directing with Cara Christian producing. Justin Huen will be the technical director, with Dana Schwartz serving as stage manager.

The plays explore all the ways that “love can be deadly,” and they are shared like campfire ghost stories; full of suspense and atmosphere, infused with humor and a few winks at the audience. As with most of Nigro’s plays, they are a celebration of storytelling, and hopefully a reminder of the simple magic that can be created with a writer, a couple actors, a few stools, and a talented crew.

Performing Binorrie will be Francis and Rebecca Mozo; performing Lurker will be Chatwin and Briana Cuoco; and performing Fair Rosamund and her Murderer will be Kaley Cuoco and Pelphrey.

Tickets can be purchased here.

October 10, 2023 Jennifer

Kaley Cuoco and celeb makeup artist Jamie Greenberg have one of those relationships that’s right up there with peanut butter and jelly, Batman and Robin, salt and pepper. Whether it’s prepping for a photo shoot or getting ready for the red carpet, the dynamic duo does it right—and has a lot of fun in the process. (Luckily for us, they also do a very good job documenting it on social media.) Tomorrow, Greenberg launches the much-anticipated B.F.M.R Mist AKA Best F*cking Makeup Remover Mist ($39), a refillable, spray-on vegan makeup remover that is already getting rave reviews—including some very stellar feedback from Cuoco herself.

How long have you been working together and when did you first meet?
I gauge my time with Jamie based on how old her eldest kid is! I met Jamie at Comic Con when she was pregnant; I remember she had to fill in for someone that was supposed to come work with me. She came to my hotel room, and I remember thinking, “How is this very pregnant lady going to make her way around Comic Con with me?”

What is one of your favorite looks you’ve done together?
Honestly, we always outdo ourselves! Every look is my favorite. During the last Golden Globes, I was pregnant and it was one of my favorite looks from head to toe. I felt like a pregnant princess.

Which was the most difficult?
I can truly say I don’t think anything has ever been difficult with us. We never have a plan going in—we decide in the moment. We love to try things and play with makeup, because why not?”

What makes her latest product launch different?
This is the best makeup remover ever. It’s clean and easy on my eyes since I’m super sensitive. It’s my new favorite product no doubt. I love that it’s unscented and obviously love that it’s completely vegan.

Did you switch up what you were using during pregnancy and, likewise, now that you have a baby, have you simplified it?
Nope! Nothing has really changed. I’m the same girl who still loves the same products, loves makeup, loves her team, but now there’s a mini me hanging around!

Source: New Beauty

July 29, 2023 Jennifer

Big gallery update for today! I have added screencaps of Kaley Cuoco from all 8 episodes of the first season Based On A True Story (4,900+ screen captures).

You can see all the captures by clicking on the previews and links below.

NOTE: Screencaps contain spoilers and/or major storylines from the series!

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July 16, 2023 Jennifer

Kaley Cuoco Web supports the SAG-AFTRA strike.

The nearly 160,000 members of SAG-AFTRA, the union that represents all performers on film and television, are going on strike.

On Thursday, the Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) announced its national board voted unanimously to launch the guild’s first strike. The news was unveiled by SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher and National Executive Director & Chief Negotiator Duncan Crabtree-Ireland during a press conference, following the expiration of the union’s current contract and a 12-day extension of contract negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Pictures and Television Producers (AMPTP).

Why are the actors going on strike?
The short answer is because the SAG-AFTRA bargaining committee and AMPTP could not reach an agreement to form a new contract after their previous one expired on June 30.

But the reasons for a strike are many. SAG-AFTRA has faced a host of radical changes as the industry has pivoted away from more traditional models of theatrical distribution and network and cable television in favor of streaming. The issues at hand include the use of AI in generating and perpetuating actors’ likenesses, as well as residuals and data transparency for streaming projects. Other points of conflict are also salaries, particularly for guest stars, costars, and background actors, as rising inflation and the cost of living increasingly prevent many working actors from earning a living wage.

Drescher summed up the reasons for a strike in a press conference speech. “We are being victimized by a very greedy entity. I am shocked by the way the people that we have been in business with are treating us,” she said. “I cannot believe it, quite frankly. How far apart we are on so many things. How they plead poverty, that they’re losing money left and right while giving hundreds and millions of dollars to their CEOS. It is disgusting. Shame on them. They stand on the wrong side of history at this very moment.”

She continued: “The entire business model has been changed by streaming, digital, AI. This is a moment of history that is a moment of truth. If we don’t stand tall right now, we are going to be in trouble. We are all going to be in jeopardy of being replaced by machines and big business, who cares more about wall street than you and your family.”

#SAGAFTRAstrong #SAGAFTRAstrike

July 13, 2023 Jennifer

We sit down with Kaley Cuoco (Ava Bartlett), Chris Messina (Nathan Bartlett), Tom Bateman (Matt Pierce), Priscilla Quintana (Ruby Gale), and Liana Liberato (Tory Thompson) to get an inside look at some of their favorite scenes and moments from the show, as well as their experiences working with this killer cast.

June 25, 2023 Jennifer

Kaley Cuoco is opening up about the “badass” scars she has after nearly losing her leg in an equestrian accident more than 10 years ago.

The Big Bang Theory alum, 37, appeared on Monday’s episode of Apple’s SmartLess podcast where she discussed severely breaking her leg after falling off her horse and how her injuries almost required doctors to amputate.

“It was a bad accident, it was a very bad accident,” she told co-hosts Jason Bateman, Will Arnett and Sean Hayes.

In September 2010, Cuoco — who’s an avid horse jumper and competitor — was riding at a Los Angeles ranch when her horse got spooked and she fell off. Seconds later, the horse attempted to jump over her but landed on her left leg. Cuoco was rushed to the hospital with severe injuries.

“I remember clear as day, because it takes a second when something is that bad,” she recalled. “I was like, ‘Did I just fall on a whole thing of leaves?’ Because I heard all the cracking. … It took me like five or 10 seconds to actually realize it wasn’t just 400 leaves, it was my bones.”

The Flight Attendant star suffered a compound fracture of her tibia and fibula, causing the bones to pierce through the skin of her lower leg.

“It just was a horrible, horrible, horrible break,” she said, noting that she underwent surgery and, before going under anesthesia, had to sign a release allowing doctors to amputate her leg if needed.

Cuoco’s leg was fortunately saved during surgery. Doctors originally believed she wouldn’t be able to walk for months. However, after a two-week stay in the hospital, she was fitted for a walking boot and back on her feet. The accident resulted in the actress being written out of two episodes of the Big Bang.

“It was miraculous,” she said of her surgery and recovery. “I’ve got some good scars. It makes you feel like a badass.”

Cuoco has maintained her love for horse riding despite the brutal accident, even sharing that love with her daughter. In April, Cuoco shared photos on Instagram while introducing her 2-month-old daughter Matilda to one of the several horses she owns.

Source: People

June 10, 2023 Jennifer

Actors Kaley Cuoco and Chris Messina joined Cheddar News’ ‘Trending’ show to talk about their new Peacock series Based on a True Story.

June 10, 2023 Jennifer

It quickly became apparent that Kaley Cuoco and Chris Messina were friends in real life during a joint interview with the pair to discuss their new crime thriller Based On A True Story.

They jokingly jabbed one another, finished each other’s sentences, and laughed throughout the conversation. It would be fair to assume they were longtime friends, but as it turns out, they’d never worked together or met before making the Peacock dramedy.

They had, of course, seen one another’s work over the years, but the eight-episode series was their first time acting together, and the result was simply splendid. They have that magical onscreen chemistry.

In this case, the viewer reaps the rewards with perfectly timed and delivered laugh-out-loud one-liners in the tale of a realtor, a former tennis star, and a plumber as they devise a plan to join the lucrative world of true-crime podcasts.

Regarding the sharp writing, both confirm it was often hard to keep a straight face. “We’d go off the rails, and we got in trouble a lot!” admits Cuoco.

“They told us to shut up a lot,” Messina adds, as both laugh at some inside joke between them.

In the story, beautiful and sunny Los Angeles is terrorized by the West Side Ripper, a serial killer leaving a bloody trail of victims around the city. As a true-crime fanatic, Cuoco’s Ava Bartlett knows there’s money in murder, with top podcasts garnering $25 million deals.

Cuoco, well-known for her role in The Flight Attendant, stars as a pregnant wife and realtor who hasn’t had much luck selling a home in a while. She’s married to Nathan, played by Chris Messina (Air), a former tennis pro who suffered an injury that ended his career. She ropes Nathan in and even convinces him to work with the killer.

The down-on-their-luck couple faces a mounting pile of unpaid bills when they befriend the charming Matt, portrayed by Tom Bateman (Thirteen Lives), a plumber who comes to fix their toilet.

As despicable as their plan is, you root for them. They’re chasing the American dream of fame and success but soon find themselves in way over their heads. Though it may not seem like a comedy, it is a laugh-out-loud romp on the dark side.

When asked about their initial reactions upon receiving the script for the pilot episode, each said they couldn’t stop laughing. Cuoco got the script before Messina.

“I’d known about this script before anything came to me,” recalls Cuoco. “I thought the idea was so brilliant, and then when I got lucky enough to be asked to be a part of it, I was thrilled. I thought it was hilarious. And I wanted to work with this guy,” she adds, with a friendly jab to her co-star.

“I thought it was very smart. I love true crime. I love comedy. I love dark comedy. And then I got pregnant and made them change the entire storyline,” she laughs aloud.

Messina feels Cuoco’s pregnancy made the storyline even better. “It was one of the best things for the show.” He then reflects on getting the pilot script and learning he’d be starring alongside Cuoco. “I was a huge fan and jumped at the opportunity to act with her. I love the idea of this couple that’s falling apart and falling away from each other, and they choose the most ridiculous, dangerous, darkest plan to come back together.”

Ava and Nathan turn a dark corner by the end of season one. You cannot make a deal with the devil and keep blood off your hands. When asked to describe their characters, Cuoco and Messina look at one another and, again, laugh.

“That’s the thing about it. If you watch as much true crime as many of us do, especially me, you see good people doing really bad things. Or, they get stuck in a situation they feel like they can’t get out of. And these two are at their desperate wits’ end. Their marriage is falling apart, they’re losing money, they’re about to lose their house, and they have a baby on the way. So, I think this falls in their lap, and it obviously spins so far out of control, and they’re pretty much screwed now. I mean, they’re as bad as the killer at this point. I was laughing that season two would just be us in prison. I mean, they really are in a bad place. I think they’re also getting off on the fact that this is so exciting, and it’s something new in their life, and they’re doing it together. Now they’re committed, and there’s no way out.”

“They’re lost,” says Messina. “They thought they were going to be something else, and I think everyone can relate to that. What you thought your life was going to be or supposed to be, and now it looks quite different. But the idea that they would feel either successful or powerful in the road they take in the show is hysterical, ridiculous, and super dark.”

Despite the dark material, everyone had fun on the set. “We definitely played a lot. He’s not joking when he says we were told multiple times to shut up,” Cuoco says. “We’d go on these tangents and just go completely out of control. I’d be like, ‘How are they going to edit this?’ But it was too much fun. Immediately, the first scene we did together was electric, and we just kept going with it, and I think that was part of the magic of the show.”

Messina explains there’s no way of knowing how you’ll get along with your co-stars when you take on an acting role, especially if you’ve never met. “We just became the best of friends.”

“Yeah,” agrees Cuoco.

The season ends with quite the cliffhanger, so here’s hoping for a second dose of Ava and Nathan. We saw them get into this mess and need to see them get out of it if they can.

The series comes from Craig Rosenberg, Jason Bateman, and Michael Costigan. Rosenberg, known for hits including The Boys and Gen V, serves as showrunner, executive producer, and writer. Bateman and Costigan executive produce.

Source: Forbes

June 9, 2023 Jennifer

One element of Peacock’s crime-com “Based on a True Story” was inspired by real life: Star Kaley Cuoco’s pregnancy was written into the eight-episode series (now streaming).

Originally, true-crime-obsessed real estate agent Ava (Cuoco) and her tennis star-turned-club pro husband Nathan (Chris Messina) had no kids. But Cuoco’s pregnancy raises the stakes for the fictional – and financially challenged – couple, who launch a podcast with a serial killer to rake in a huge payday.

Cuoco, 37, says the series’ tone is comparable to Max’s “The Flight Attendant,” the two-season thriller about an airline employee and CIA informant that earned the actress two Emmy nominations.

That tightrope walk is “something I feel that I’m good at,” she says, “riding the wave of comedy and terror and fear and jokes and all the things mixed in − sadness. It had everything, and that’s what I love.”

Cuoco also enjoyed being able to lean into her pregnancy during filming. She and her partner, actor Tom Pelphrey (“Ozark”), welcomed daughter Matilda Carmine Richie Pelphrey on March 30. While filming “Based on a True Story,” she was encouraged to gain weight, a first for the actress, who’s worked since she was a child.

“I remember one of our producers and our showrunner was like, ‘You need to eat more.’ … And I was like, ‘I have never heard that before!’ So I’m like, ‘Sure! Happy to!’ It was freeing.”

She says she indulged in In-N-Out burgers and constantly craved ice. Sharing her pregnancy so openly felt natural for Cuoco.

“You’ve seen every part of my life − good and bad − in front of everyone. And so it was kind of cool to show this too,” she says. “Why not? Why not just own it and wear short shirts and let my stomach hang out? I did the swimsuit scene, and I did all these different things, and it felt right. And I’m very proud of it, and I hope it inspires other women to be like, ‘It’s fine. We can still do it all.’”

Cuoco, however, avoids sex scenes and left Ava’s sensual fantasies to a body double who wore a belly prosthetic.

“I don’t roll that way. I need someone else to do that stuff,” she says.

“I’m past that. I’m not doing that anymore,” she adds. “Also, who wants to see that? Not my thing. I’d rather let someone else do it, and that’s what’s movie magic (is for). We don’t have to do those things anymore. We can have someone else do it, and we can fake our way through. You think that Chris Messina played tennis? Please! He was terrible! That’s his double.”

Cuoco is also grateful for her stunt doubles, whom she relied on as her belly grew.

“I had to be on my feet a lot. It was a lot,” she says. “And by the end, I was nine months pregnant. So the fight scene at the end near the grave − the fantasy − a lot of that was done by my double because it was like I was literally about to give birth, like any second.”

June 8, 2023 Jennifer