An Interview with HOP Star Kaley Cuoco
In the movie HOP, premiering on April 1st, Kaley Cuoco plays Sam, the over-achieving sister who wants to do everything she can to support her slacker brother. In real life, Kaley finds herself as sister to many, especially the actors on her TV show "The Big Bang Theory." We sat down with her to discuss how her role in HOP imitates real life and what it is like acting with a bean bag....
Question: What was your favorite scene?
Kaley Cuoco: The scenes with the rabbit in my hair. I was holding a beanbag the whole time. It was a black bag that was full of sand and it was very heavy. It had weight and it was very squishy. We did a take with the bag, and then we did a take with an actual stuffed animal, an EB-like stuffed animal. It was very weird and very technical.
Question: Do you have brothers and sisters?
Kaley Cuoco: A younger sister.
Question: Have you been helping guide your sister like you did with your brother in the film?
Kaley Cuoco: I don't have any brothers. Actually, I technically do. I have four brothers at work who are successful, so I don't really have to push them, but it was fun. Thank God we don't have any slackers in my family. I come from a very motivated, overly annoying family so there was none of that. There was no lying around in our house.
Question: How is this character different than Penny on The Big Bang Theory?
Kaley Cuoco: I like that Sam had her head on her shoulders. I feel that Penny has such love for those boys, and Sam has so much love for her brother. She wants him to be successful and she believes in him so much when no one else does, which I find really, really sweet. Tim Hill, the director, told me at the beginning. He said, "I really want this character to just love her brother so much."
Question: What was it like eating jelly beans that came from the Easter Bunny's bottom?
Kaley Cuoco: Do you know how many times I had to eat them? Because I kept picking up ten different jelly beans because they didn't know what flavor they wanted to do.
Question: Did you actually work with Russell at all? Were you ever in the same space?
Kaley Cuoco: No. He would not show up. He was just diva. Diva left us with stuffed animals and said,"I don't care." He wanted nothing to do with it. I have only seen and talked to him during this press stuff. It makes me sad because that would have been a lot of fun to work with him. He makes me laugh so hard. I love funny people.