Kaley Cuoco is an American actress popularly known for her role in CBS hit sitcom “The Big Bang Theory” (TBBT) for which she received as much as $1 million per episode, excluding back-end profits. Kaley Cuoco earns enough from her TV roles to make her a regular on the list of the world’s highest-paid TV actresses.
Kaley Christine Cuoco was born on November 30, 1985, in Camarillo, California to Layne Ann (née Wingate) and Gary Carmine Cuoco. As a kid, Kaley showed interest in show business and began modeling and appearing in TV commercials before launching an acting career. Her first acting role came when she was just 6 years old in the 1992 movie “Quicksand: No Escape”. Her next movie role was in 1995 in the action thriller “Virtuosity” which also starred Denzel Washington. Within the same period, Cuoco also made an appearance in TV shows like “My So-Called Life”, “Northern Exposure”, and “Ellen”.
How Kaley Cuoco Became One of The Highest-paid Actresses
Kaley received much acclaim for her role in the TV film “Growing Up Brady” (2000). At 17, she landed her first major role in ABC sitcom “8 Simple Rules” which she appeared in for 76 episodes until its conclusion in 2005. While on the show, she also appeared in episodes of other TV shows like “Complete Savages”, “10.5”, and “The Help”. Kaley also kept up with movie roles appearing in “Crimes of Fashion” (2004), “The Hollow” (2004), and “Lucky 13” (2005). After the end of “8 Simple Rules”, Kaley landed another major TV role in the final season of “Charmed” where she starred in 22 episodes.
In all of that, what she earned was not known to the public just as her earning power wasn’t a topic of public discourse until “The Big Bang Theory” came along. Without a doubt, Kaley’s most lucrative acting endeavor so far is her role as Penny on the CBS sitcom which premiered on September 24, 2007. Initially, Kaley was the only female on the show before she was joined by Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik. For the first season, Kaley Cuoco received nearly $60,000 per episode totaling over $1 million for the 17 episodes of the first season. Kaley and her top co-stars quickly made it a routine to re-negotiate their contracts as the series progressed. Beginning from the fourth season, Kaley, alongside highest-paid TV actors Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki, received $200,000 per episode.
The stars struck another deal that saw their paycheck rise by an additional $50,000 for every subsequent season. That meant $250,000 per episode for Season 5, $300,000 per episode for Season 6 and $350,000 per episode for Season 7. The 7th season also came with a 0.25% bonus from backend and syndication profits. In August 2014, prior to the 8th season premiere, Kaley Cuoco and her costars renegotiated their deal yet again. This time, it was to $1 million per episode for three subsequent seasons. The new deal made Kaley and her co-stars the world’s highest-paid TV actors at the moment.
Kaley bolsters her TBBT paycheck with a highly lucrative endorsement deal with commercial website Priceline.com. For the years 2015 and 2016, Kaley earned $28.5 Million and $24.5 million respectively, making her the highest-earning TV actress behind Sofia Vergara. Kaley like most TV actresses occasionally takes up movie roles to shoulder her TV pay. Some of the successful movies she has been a part of in the last few years include “The Wedding Ringer” (2015) alongside Kevin Hart and a voice role in “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” (2015) which grossed $234.8 million on a $90 million budget. In all, it is believed that the fine actress is worth anything from $55 to $100 million.
Learn More About Her Multi-talented Sister
Kaley has a sister named Briana Cuoco. Like her older sister, Briana is an actress and has been making great waves in the entertainment industry. Born on November 29, 1988, she was raised in Camarillo together with Kaley.
In the entertainment industry, the Cuoco sisters are known to be very friendly, respectful, and hardworking. In fact, the unmatched harmony, love, and understanding that exists between the sisters are second to none. Perhaps, this was why hardworking Briana served as her sister’s personal assistant before she decided to take to Hollywood as well.
In addition to acting, Briana sings and dances as well. Her debut album titled ‘Bluebird’ has since hit the internet and has been getting satisfactory reviews from fans, especially on iTunes. She also auditioned for The Voice sometime in 2013. As an actress, she is yet to land her big break but is known for works like “NCIS” (2003), and “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries” (2012).
A Look At The Love Life Of The Actress
Kaley Cuoco has had her fair share of Hollywood romance, beginning with her co-star Johnny Galecki which lasted for two years. After several short term public relationships, Kaley finally settled down with Nassau-born professional tennis player Ryan Sweeting. The two got engaged and then tied the knot on December 31, 2013, in Santa Susana, California. However, the pair mutually separated in 2015 and finalized their divorce in May 2016.
Thankfully, a solid prenup ensured there was no wealth-splitting drama. Kaley paid Ryan $165,000 and another $195,000 to his two personal trainers. She also retained ownership of the $5.5 million Santa Barbara mansion they bought in 2014 from Khloe Kardashian. It is important to mention that before Sweeting, she was engaged to an addiction specialist called Josh Resnik. They got engaged in October 2011 and called it off in March 2012 for reasons best known to them.
Inside Kaley Cuoco’s Relationship with Karl Cook
According to notable sources, Kaley met Karl Cook while she was still married to Sweeting. However, she began making reference to her relationship with Cook, a professional equestrian, in March 2016 when she would upload gorgeous pictures of them together on her Instagram.
From falling in love to being her first relationship after divorcing Sweeting, Cuoco’s relationship with Karl Cook, who happens to be billionaire Scott Cook’s son, moved to the next level on her 32nd birthday when her beau proposed to her with a flashy diamond ring. They wasted no time to make things official as they got married on the 30th of June 2018.
Judging by what she shares on Instagram, it wouldn’t be out of place to assert that Cuoco and Cook are perfect together and although their union is yet to produce any child, they are parents to a handful of horses and dogs.