When Kaley Cuoco found out she was being nominated for a Golden Globe for the first time, she burst into tears. After seeing Cuoco’s heartwarming reaction, their fans, who call Cuocopuffs or Cuoconuts, jointly exclaimed, “It’s time.”
An industry veteran, Cuoco began acting as a child and is best known for her roles in 8 Simple Rules, Charmed and, more recently, Penny for 12 seasons of The Big Bang Theory. But it wasn’t until she played vodka-drinking, highly functional alcoholic Cassie Bowden in the crime dramedy The Flight Attendant in 2020 that she was awarded a Golden Globes nick by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. “I was nervous. I found this project, I found this book, I put this team together, so it was all me,” says Cuoco Bustle. “I really feel like I was the moment it came out , just had good support from fans and fellow actors. It was like being inducted into a new path in my career, like having to start over. “
But as history now shows, the support did not lead to winners of the awards ceremony, but Cuoco accepted her “losing streak” and published self-deprecating Instagram photos. “I want to say thank you … it doesn’t matter,” reads one, while the other says: “Apparently … losers are not allowed to keep anything.” One of them caught the eye of the vodka label Smirnoff, their new business partner.
“I posted a picture on the floor with a lot of stuff around me, including alcohol, and the next day I got a call from Smirnoff who said,” This is our girl! ” love what Smirnoff stands for and what they represent, and I love vodka! “
It can be argued that vodka is at the core of Cuoco’s recent rebirth as the star and executive producer of The Flight Attendant and founder of her own production company Yes, Norman. After all, it’s vodka that her celebrated character prefers. So it is only natural – even fateful – that she became the new face of Smirnoff 21, a drink she describes as a “classic” and on board à la her flight attendant Cassie.
But to distract from the series, Cuoco doesn’t drink like Cassie does, and even makes it clear: “Smirnoff encourages responsible drinking while Cassie doesn’t, so two very different views on alcohol!” She laughs exaggeratedly and says, “I’m too old.” for that shit, man. ”
Cuoco is in the process of writing the second season of Flight Attendant, in which Cassie will continue her bumpy sobriety journey. “Cassie, your story is moving from New York to LA, isn’t it? And Cassie is taking this step, which isn’t a good idea in your first year of sobriety, ”shares Cuoco. “She will continue to make terrible decisions and the ‘Palace of Thoughts’ will return, and I can say she will face herself.”
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Cuoco trusts her heart – and her gut – as her career compass. “All of the books I’ve bought for my company have been very emotional,” she says. Picking up the flight attendant was no different. She had found a one-sentence summary of the book of the same name by Chris Bohjalian and instinctively knew she wanted it. So much so that she had to check if Reese Witherspoon, who ran Big Little Lies and Gone Girl under her production company Hello Sunshine, already had it.
Cuoco, whose Instagram biography carries the iconic “What, like it’s hard?” line by Legally Blonde says she is “totally inspired” by Witherspoon’s business and the other women making the kind of content they want to watch. With Yes, Norman, Cuoco sees himself as part of this new avant-garde “for women, by women” in Hollywood, which includes Witherspoon, Elizabeth Banks and Oprah Winfrey. In just four years since launch, Cuoco has produced three seasons of Harley Quinn and earned new titles including a Doris Day biography, and is in the process of writing the second season of Flight Attendant.
“I’ve been doing this all my life … I really feel like I had it in my soul. It’s just who I am. “
When it comes to paving their own way, Cuoco hopes to use their platform to raise historically marginalized voices, especially “to give emerging diverse writers the chance to be seen and heard”. She adds: “I try to give as many opportunities elsewhere as I have been given.”
Working 24/7, Cuoco has exciting projects up the pipeline, including two romantic comedies – one starring Pete Davidson and the other, The Man From Toronto, alongside Kevin Hart, a role she does “So” badly wanted her to film her audition in a ladies room. “I’ve been doing this all my life … I really feel like I had it in my soul. It’s just who I am, ”she adds. “I’m happy about everything.”
Aside from these projects, Cuoco raves about how “so proud” she is to be part of the “amazing” [Smirnoff] Campaign, “said,” It was like winning the awards season when I lost over and over again. “She adds,” It felt like the right thing. ”