The Big Bang Theory‘s Kaley Cuoco has always struggled with mental health and body image issues.
Now the show is coming to an end, fans are concerned about the negative effect it might have on the actress. They’re worried she might relapse to her old self-deprecating habits.
Cuoco has been very open about her strict diet, exercise routine, and plastic surgery.
But one thing she used to struggle most with was her skin.
Cuoco used to suffer from teen acne which, she says, is even worse when you’re an actress and always on set, always in front of the camera.
Eventually, she did find her holy grail skincare routine.
And recently, she even posted a no-makeup selfie showcasing her glowing complexion.
Having been concerned about her skin’s health her whole life, Cuoco has also filmed a campaign in honor of a young fan who died of skin cancer.
Actress Kaley Cuoco is best known for her role as Penny in The Big Bang Theory.
But now the show is coming to an end after twelve geeky and glorious seasons, the cast and fans are getting emotional.
Cuoco recently opened up about how the news has been affecting her mentally.
Insider says Cuoco has been particularly upset over the end of the show.
In January, the actress and the entire cast talked about it on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Cuoco said, just before the Christmas holidays, she was getting ready to shoot a scene with Johnny Galecki (who plays Leonard) when she had a complete break-down.
“We were just rehearsing the scene, and just out of nowhere, I started bawling,” she said.
“The crew, all the camera guys and everyone, came out and were like, ‘We’re so glad you cried because we’ve been waiting to cry.'”
Then they all had a group hug that lasted “ten minutes.”
A couple of days ago, Cuoco shared on Instagram the latest poster of The Big Bang Theory, making the end of the show official.
On it, Cuoco and her co-stars are seen turning to look behind them.
Above their heads, where the name of the show usually stands, are the words “The Final Season.”
“If it wasn’t real before, it’s real now,” Cuoco wrote in the caption, adding a crying emoji.
Considering that Cuoco has struggled with mental health and body image in the past, fans are concerned that the end of the show might have a negative impact on her recovery, even possibly causing her to relapse into her old harmful habits.
And that’s worrisome, not just for Cuoco’s sake but for all the fans who see her as a role model too.
The actress has been very open about her negative relationship with her body.
She’s had several plastic surgeries done to help her feel more confident. But that wasn’t always enough.
In 2014, she told Cosmopolitan that her breast augmentation surgery that she had at eighteen was “the best decision of my life.”
But in 2016, she told Ellen DeGeneres that “everything’s going downhill,” and that included her breast implants.
She’s struggled with eating too.
In 2015, she told Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show that she had been on an “egg whites, almonds, [and] air” diet to prepare for her Shape magazine photoshoot, according to Nicki Swift.
She added: “I was so hungry.”
In 2016, she also talked to Women’s Health about her diet and exercise regimen.
She highlighted that as she gets older, she has to work a lot more to stay in shape.
But she also tends to binge-eat.
She told the magazine that after the interview she was going “to In-N-Out and doing one of their grilled cheeses, massive fries, and a shake,” calling the meal “a cheat.”
She’s previously also opened up to Women’s Health about her decision to have plastic surgery.
According to NWFace, she said, “As much as you want to love your inner self… You also want to look good.”
“If it makes you feel confident, that’s amazing.”
“Years ago, I had my nose done,” she added. “Recently, I had a filler.”
But more than her body, Cuoco’s struggled with her skin and facial acne.
“I had acne as a teen, and it made me so insecure to be on camera,” she told Popsugar, according to Women’s Health. “Not a good thing when you are on a television series.”
She started using Proactiv products to fight it.
And she loved it so much, she even became a spokesperson for the brand.
Now her skin is “even and radiant” without any makeup as can be seen in her latest no-makeup selfie.
A few days ago, the actress shared a photo on her Instagram story of herself outside playing with her dogs.
She added a sun sticker to the corner of the image to match her glowing skin.
Women’s Health says her currently perfect skin must have something to do with one of her favorite skincare products that she’s been quite hyped about lately.
For the actress, the most important aspect of any skincare brand is the glow it can provide.
She posted on Instagram about one such product.
Lancer Dani Glowing Skin Perfector is her go-to moisturizer.
“Ok this is my absolutely favorite product out there right now,” she wrote in the caption.
“It’s so glowy and dewy you won’t need anything else!!!”
During her battle for love for her skin, Cuoco has also filmed a skin cancer awareness campaign in memory of a young fan.
When Cuoco and The Big Bang Theory cast heard one of their fans died of skin cancer at only seventeen, they wanted to do something about it, according to The Independent.
“Adolescent melanoma is truly a silent killer with ninety percent of new cases occurring between the ages of ten and nineteen,” Cuoco said in the ad.
The girl, Claire Marie Wagonhurst, died in 2014.
Her mother, Marianne Banister founded the Claire Marie Foundation to provide free screening for atypical moles for children.
She said her daughter didn’t like television very much, but as her cancer got worse, The Big Bang Theory became her favorite.
The cast heard of Claire Marie’s case through a family friend who worked for the show.
Banister told The Independent that she was very grateful to the show’s cast for their support.
“It made a huge impact already because the blessing of this is that it’s going to speak to the people who are most directly affected,” she said.
“I’ve been getting responses from New Zealand and Australia and the US – it’s wonderful in terms of launching a global campaign.”
“Skin cancer is the second most common type of cancer among young women between twenty-five and thirty years old,” she added.
“And even though it can occur in all races and genders, people are not encouraged enough to get screened routinely.”
Banister said Claire Marie’s case was unusual because of her hypothyroidism.
The Independent says this condition worsen skin cancer as it “feeds the development of melanoma cells.”
“Claire got screened routinely, and her mole seven months earlier was fine,” said Banister.
But because she was still a teenager, going through hormonal changes, it caused her cancer to progress much faster than usual.
However, her daughter’s death had “nothing to do with the sun,” Banister said.
That’s why she warns “young people to always wear sunscreen, avoid tanning booths and to get screened once a year.”
“The bottom line is I hope they find a cure, but that’s years down the road,” she said.
“We just don’t want any other families to go through what we went through.”