Fans of the Big Bang Theory love the dynamic between quirky Penny and her eccentric neighbors, and Kaley Cuoco's been playing the character to perfection for 10 seasons now.
However, it could have been very different. Not only was Kaley Cuoco not the first choice for Penny, but Penny herself was intended to be a very different character. Penny was originally "Katie," a tougher, more street-smart woman working in a makeup salon. She was played by Amanda Walsh.
Check out the scene from the Big Bang Theory unaired pilot in which Leonard and Sheldon meet Katie.
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Here's Amanda Walsh — who was so nearly the main female character in The Big Bang Theory — having a lovely time on a yacht.
It took Kaley Cuoco three attempts to audition for the role of Penny, but she got there in the end. Would the show have been the same without Kaley Cuoco as Penny?