Being a staple on a beloved, long-running show can be both a blessing and a curse for actors — something The Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco is well aware of.
While the star loved the sitcom and received quite a few salary raises throughout its 12 seasons, she acknowledged that she might be pigeonholed to comedy for the rest of her career.
However, the actress beat the odds, and she's now filming season 2 of HBO Max's dramedy The Flight Attendant.
She admitted she was never worried about stepping into a dramatic role — even though she's been rejected plenty of times in the past.
"If you think about it, you’re being told no way more than you’re being told yes. You’re being told, ‘You’re not good enough; you’re not pretty enough; you’re not blond enough,’ way more than, ‘You’re perfect for this,’" she explained to Backstage. "And even now, there’s a lot more opportunity, but it’s harder, too."
"I always knew I could do other things. I always loved drama and I’m very emotional, so I can pretty much go to any place at any moment," the equestrian revealed. "I mean, that’s what makes us actors, right? I do feel that I’ve gotten the opportunity for a whole new career."
"It feels good to show other sides, and for people to love it. I have stayed really true to myself and my team," Cuoco noted. "I haven’t tried to conform to what people need me to be."
Her confidence is what helped her put on a stellar performance in The Flight Attendant — in fact, the star, who's also a producer on the series, earned her first Best Actress Golden Globe nomination at this year's event.
Since the show is based on a novel, the cast and crew didn't know if it would continue after they wrapped up the 8-episode first season, but due to it's success and positive reaction from fans and critics alike, it got the go-ahead just one month after its premiere.
And though there's always a chance that season 2 may not do as well as the first, Cuoco will be just as content starting something new.
"I’ve always been kind of waving from the corner," she stated. "Working, happy."
According to Deadline, the second season of her hit dramedy will likely to premiere in the spring of 2022.