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Former Child Star Kaley Cuoco on Ping-Pong, Shoes, and What She Learned From John Ritter

January 09, 2012

"I’ve grown up on TV, and there were some phases that weren’t pretty,” says Kaley Cuoco, who began acting at age 6. You wouldn’t know it to look at her now:

The 26-year-old plays the knockout neighbor on The Big Bang Theory and this week will host the People’s Choice Awards (CBS, Jan. 11, 9 p.m. ET). Cuoco talked to Mary Margaret from the L.A. set of her hit sitcom.

Are you at all nervous about hosting the People’s Choice Awards?
Not really. The audience is there to see their favorite stars, so that kind of takes the pressure off.

You started your career with a Barbie commercial. Did that make you popular?
It was the opposite, actually. I wouldn’t say I was bullied, but I was definitely a bit of an outcast. It was more the kids thinking I thought I was cool. I started homeschooling in fifth grade and I was much happier. Read More