Kaley Cuoco's new project finally allows her to fulfill Penny's original dream in . It has been more than three years since the CBS geek-centric sitcom wrapped up. Since then, its cast members have ventured out and starred in new projects, including Cuoco, who has booked several new roles — all of them nothing like Penny.
Despite being an integral part of the sitcom, Penny wasn't actually part of the . She, alongside Howard (Simon Helberg) and Raj (Kunal Nayyar) were added after the series was reworked. Together with Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Leonard (Johnny Galecki), the group became the main Pasadena group. When Penny was introduced, she had just moved to California in the hopes of becoming an actress. It was a struggle to get her career going, forcing her to take other jobs to make ends meet. In the end, she fully pivoted and became a pharmaceutical sales representative instead which earned her more than enough money to give her a comfortable life.
However, Cuoco can now live out through an upcoming project where she will play iconic actor, singer, and animal rights activist, Doris Day. Based on A.E. Hotchner’s from 1973 (considered the Hollywood legend's autobiography), the limited series will supposedly break her image, showing just how much Day was going through behind the scenes. No network is attached to the project at this point, but aside from starring in it, Cuoco's Yes! Normal Productions will once again produce, the same way they did with the critically-acclaimed HBO Max show, . Cuoco playing an actress as iconic as Doris Day vicariously gives an idea of how Penny's life could have been if she ultimately became an actress at the .
For years, Penny was committed to her dream of becoming a star, but she never got her big break. She did appear in a few indie movies and even tried her hand at a musical until she ultimately decided that she needed to be more practical with her plan. Ultimately, Penny changed her career. As a thriving pharmaceutical sales representative towards the end of, her salary was more than enough for her and Leonard, effectively solving her financial woes. In theory, this financial security could have also allowed her to pursue her old passion again, but for some reason, CBS never revisited the narrative in . Undoubtedly, it would have been great to see her achieve her lifelong dream the same way in Physics.
Whether or not deliberate, Cuoco has recently been choosing projects that cannot be farther from who she portrayed in , and understandably so since it's safe to say that after playing the same role for 12 years, she wants to do something different. Despite this, some of her new roles are oddly tied to her stint in the CBS sitcom. Aside from the upcoming Doris Day biopic, the actress is also starring in , a thriller film directed by Thomas Vincent where she plays a first-time mom — something that wasn't able to do as it already ended before Penny gave birth to her and Leonard's child.