Marisa Tomei Opens Up On Auditioning For Big Bang Theory’s Female Lead

Marisa Tomei Opens Up On Auditioning For Big Bang Theory’s Female Lead
For the first time, Marisa Tomei comments on auditioning for the role of The Big Bang Theory's original female lead. Before Kaley Cuoco was cast as Penny, the nerd-centric sitcom looked very different. While Sheldon and Leonard were already included, it featured a different female lead named Katie. Portrayed by Amanda Walsh in the first pilot, the character is the original incarnation of Penny, but with a few differences that, in hindsight, were pivotal in The Big Bang Theory's popularity.

Although Katie and Penny have certain similarities, the response to the former wasn't nearly as good as to the latter. Based on what was revealed in the original The Big Bang Theory pilot, viewers thought that Katie was too mean and hardened, which made it difficult for Sheldon and Leonard to connect with her. The problem was by no means Walsh, as she simply played the part the way it was written.
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