Cuoco cringes over old ‘Big Bang’ episodes


NEW YORK — Kaley Cuoco says she cringes when she watches old episodes of CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory,” now in its ninth season.

“I do stop and watch because I’m appalled by what I’m seeing,” she said in a recent interview. “I’m like, ‘Kaley, what is that choice?’ I usually put it on mute because I cannot stand the sound of my voice, especially early on.”

Her representative said last weekend the actress and Ryan Sweeting have “mutually decided to end their marriage.” The couple tied the knot on New Year’s Eve in 2013.

The 29-year-old Cuoco has starred on “The Big Bang Theory,” which airs at 8 p.m. Mondays on CBS, since 2007. She talked about understanding the devotion of “Big Bang” fans and her dream acting gig.

Q: Do you think your acting has gotten better since those early episodes of “The Big Bang Theory”?

A: I’ll look back on season one or two and I’m like, “How did I get hired? Like, what was I doing? What was that tone in my voice?” I talked up here. Thank God they saw through that. Over the years I’ve totally settled and gotten that much cooler and better.

Q: Have you ever been a fan of a TV show the way some people are of “Big Bang”?

A: I grew up with “Friends” from day one and like “Seinfeld” and “Frazier,” those sorts of shows, but for sure “Friends” was it for our family. Like we would watch every Thursday night at 8 o’clock, I couldn’t wait. And Rachel, Jennifer Aniston, to this day is still my girl crush, you know? ... I get it now when people come up and they’re like “I’ve never missed an episode” and they know all the story lines. I know every story line about “Friends,” I know every trivia question, so I kind of understand that love for a show.

Q: If you could act in another genre, what would it be?

A: A Western. And they should put me in one because I ride horses, OK? I’m a country girl at heart. I think an old-school Western would kind of be really up my alley and would be so fun.