ByOlivia van der Will, writer at Creators.co

I remember growing up and being totally hooked on the supernatural witchy series Charmed. This was probably the first time that I noticed the wonderful actress. Kaley Cuoco. Kaley has starred in so many shows before and after her role as Billie in Charmed. Another favorite role of mine that she has played is the adorably cute Penny in The Big Bang Theory. It is just impossible not to love her character in the show. We know the characters that Kaley portrays on screen, but now it's time to uncover who the actress really is.

Here are some fun facts about her that you may not have heard before!

16. Have you seen Kaley and her co-stars from The Big Bang Theory busting out the time-warp dance together from The Rocky Horror Picture Show?

The dance was not just for fun, the cast did this for an awesome cause, honoring the Alzheimer's Association and helping to raise money along the way!

15. Kaley is compelled to fight for animals, particularly seals

Her interest in helping these sweet faced mammals was ignited when she stumbled across pictures of the Canadian seal hunt, which is the world's largest mass slaughter of marine mammals. Speaking with CBS Kaley admitted:

"I openly admit I had no idea this was even going onI went crazy. I felt like, at that moment, this was my cause right now. I had to say something; I had to stand up for this. I think as a—I hate even using this—as a “celebrity,” people think we say a few things, and then that’s it, and we put it to bed. I need to show my fans, and people that agree with me and disagree with me, that I’m willing to go out there. I want to see it face to face. I’m not just saying that I believe in this campaign, and I want the hunt to end, and blah, blah, blah. I want to go there, so I can show them, “No, I was there. These are my own pictures. This is what happened, this is what I saw and this is what I believe in."

14. Kaley played the older sister of Kerry (actress Amy Davidson) on 8 Simple Rules. Surprisingly, Kaley is really six years younger than Amy. Great casting skills.

13. Back in 1996 Kaley was given the role of playing young Ellen on the show Ellen. This was a few years before the famous Ellen DeGeneres show began!

Look how sweet she is, aw!

12. Kaley was once ranked nationally as an amateur tennis player

She has been an ace in Hollywood and on the tennis court. It was only in 2002 that Kaley made a full switch over into the acting world. She is married to professional tennis player Ryan Sweeting, she has sure found her match point!

11. She has acted alongside a former Backstreet Boy

Back in 2004 Kaley starred in the cheesy horror The Hollow, alongside Nick Carter who you may remember from the Backstreet Boys. A few years later she took on another comic-slasher movie called well, Killer Movie. Kaley also worked alongside Nick on the TV series 8 Simple Rules.

10. Kaley secretly dated her Big Bang co-star Leonard!

On-screen friends and sometimes lovers, Penny and Leonard's relationship seeped outside of the set and into the real world. But after two years, things ended amicably as Johnny a.k.a. Leonard explained in an interview with US magazine.

"We're dear friends, still. Kaley's not just an ex, she's a part of my life."

Kaley opened up some more about this secretive time they shared with US Magazine:

"We dated for almost two years. It was such a huge part of my life and no one knew about it. This is the first time I've ever talked about it, ever. It was a wonderful relationship, but we never spoke a word about it and never went anywhere together. We were so protective of ourselves and the show, and we didn't want anything to ruin that. We knew we weren't destined to be together. We accepted it and said, 'Look, if we ever break up, we will be professional. I'm so lucky it was a mutual ending and that we don't hate each other. We've seen that happen on other shows."

9. She can rock out and beat you up all at the same time!

Kaley plays the drums and also loves to kick box. She's more badass than you may have thought!

8. Kaley sure likes to horse around when it comes to her pets!

This multi-talented actress is also an enthusiastic horseback rider. And one of her horses is called Bojangles.

Having a full on love fest with the horse that changed my life in more ways than one.

Look at her go!

7. It's no secret that Kaley loves animals. She rescued these adorable pups with help from The Amanda Foundation

This foundation is 'dedicated to helping homeless animals find permanent loving furever families.'

6. Kaley's modeling for Maxim may surprise you!

The sweetest girl next door 'Penny' looks entirely different here. Kaley stripped down for the shoot, and the year after (in 2011) she was voted 13th hottest woman by the readers!

5. At the age of 8 she landed her first feature film role

The role was in Virtuosity starring alongside Russell Crowe, her career certainly started with a bang! Two years later, in 1997, Kaley starred alongside some other very famous faces; Kaley played a smaller part alongside Jennifer Aniston and Kevin Bacon in the movie Picture Perfect.

4. Kaley is the queen of the flash mob!

Remember that brilliant surprise flash mob sequence back in 2012? The one where the cast and crew of The Big Bang Theory surprised their live audience with some pretty bangin' dance moves? Kaley herself was the one behind the idea. She roped her sister Briana into the idea to help with the choreography and this awesomeness was born! A fun treat for the audience who had come along for the show!

3. Kaley's real life close friend is her 8 Simple Rules co-star, Amy Davidson

2. Kaley was home schooled

I wonder what Sheldon Cooper would have to say if he knew this. I am sure his nose would be straight up in the air if he knew that Penny hadn't been educated in some elitist fancy institution. Kaley's upbringing may seem unorthodox, but this did not stop Kaley getting her high school diploma at the age of 16. As she was acting on and off since childhood, I can really see why her parents took this option!

1. Kaley uses songs for charitable causes too!

She once recorded a duet of the classic 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow.' This was to benefit the Humane Society of the United States, a huge animal protection organization!

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