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Kaley Cuoco Nearly Lost Her Leg During ‘The Big Bang Theory’ Mid-Season

Key Points:

  • Kaley Cuoco suffered a serious horse-riding accident early in her ‘Big Bang Theory’ career.
  • The accident nearly cost Cuoco her leg but she recovered with scars.
  • Kaley Cuoco has since moved on to new projects, including Peacock’s ‘Based on a True Story.’

Kaley Cuoco, best known for her role as Penny on the hit sitcom “The Big Bang Theory,” recently shared a shocking revelation about a near-fatal accident she experienced during the early days of the show. The actress, who has since gone on to star in critically acclaimed series like “The Flight Attendant,” opened up about the incident that almost cost her a leg and how she has moved forward in her career despite the traumatic event.

What happened to Kaley Cuoco during ‘The Big Bang Theory’?

Penny in The Big Bang Theory

During an appearance on the SmartLess podcast, Cuoco recounted a horrifying horse-riding accident that occurred while she was filming “The Big Bang Theory.” The incident, which happened early in the show’s run, left her with severe injuries that could have ended her career. Cuoco described the moment of impact, initially mistaking the sound of her bones breaking for falling leaves. It took her several seconds to realize the gravity of her injuries.

“I remember clear as day, because it takes a second when something is that bad. 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.” – Kaley Cuoco

Despite the severity of the accident, Cuoco made a remarkable recovery. She now views her scars as badges of honor, referring to them as signs of being a “badass.” The actress’s resilience allowed her to continue her role as Penny, which has become an iconic character in television history.

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What is Kaley Cuoco doing after ‘The Big Bang Theory’?

Kaley Cuoco as Penny in The Big Bang Theory
Kaley Cuoco as Penny in The Big Bang Theory

Since “The Big Bang Theory” concluded, Cuoco has not slowed down. She received widespread acclaim for her lead performance in HBO Max’s “The Flight Attendant,” earning Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. Now, she’s set to star in Peacock’s upcoming series “Based on a True Story.”

The eight-episode comedy follows Cuoco as Ava alongside Chris Messina as Nathan. The couple decides to capitalize on the true crime craze in a dangerous way, hoping it might also save their marriage. The series, co-created by Craig Rosenberg and Jason Bateman, features a star-studded cast and is set to premiere on June 8, with all episodes available for streaming on Peacock.

Additionally, Cuoco is attached to the upcoming thriller “Role Play,” where she’ll star opposite David Oyelowo, Bill Nighy, and Connie Nielsen. The film promises an intriguing premise about a couple whose lives are turned upside down when details about their past come to light.

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While it’s unclear if Cuoco will reprise her role as Penny in the newly announced “Big Bang Theory” spinoff for Max, her plate is certainly full with exciting new projects.

All seasons of “The Big Bang Theory” are available for streaming on Max.

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