With 12 seasons and more than 270 episodes, The Big Bang Theory is one of the most popular and longest-running sitcoms of all time. Throughout the years, numerous celebrities made small cameos on TBBT. Some of the most remarkable include Mark Hamil, the late Carrie Fisher, Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates, and Bob Newhart, who only agreed to be on the show under two strict conditions.
In addition to well-known celebrities and public figures, The Big Bang Theory also guest starred many lesser-known actors, such as Aarti Mann, who played Raj's sister Priya, and Keith Carradine, who portrayed Penny's father.
Another actress who played a minor character who left a big impression on the fans was Tania Raymonde, who many thought was going to become a romantic interest for Raj. What has this star been up to since her brief cameo on this popular series?
Tania Raymonde has been acting since she was a little girl. She landed her first television role when she was only 12, playing Alice/Young Syd in the episode "Syd in Wonderland" of the TV series Providence. Following this role, she had small appearances on TV shows such as The Brothers Garcia and The Nightmare Room, and in 2002, she starred in the movie Children on Their Birthdays.
However, Raymonde didn't get her big break until she landed the recurring role of Cynthia Sanders in the popular Fox sitcom Malcolm in the Middle, where she got to work with stars such as Frankie Muniz and Bryan Cranston. "I was hopelessly in love [with] Frankie Muniz at the time so when I got this part I figured the next logical step would be that we would get married," Raymonde admitted in a throwback Instagram post.
Raymonde's first appearance in Malcolm in the Middle was in season 2, episode 12, titled "The Krelboyne Girl," where she plays a new student who quickly takes a liking to Malcolm (played by Muniz). Throughout the second season, Cynthia and Malcolm become friends, although the pair maintain a will-they-won't-they relationship that almost culminates in a kiss later on in the season.
After this, Raymond reprised her role as Cynthia in season 3, episode 14, "Cynthia's Back," and the second episode of season 4, titled "Humilithon." Despite only appearing in four episodes between 2000 and 2002, Raymonde's role in Malcolm in the Middle became a fan favorite. There's no doubt fans would love to see Raymond play Cynthia once again if a Malcolm in the Middle reunion were ever to happen.
Following her four-episode run in Malcolm in the Middle, Tania Raymonde went on to make small appearances on popular shows such as That's So Raven and The Guardian, CSI: New York, Bones, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. She also had a leading role in the short-lived sitcom The O'Keefes in 2003.
However, one of Raymonde's most iconic roles other than Cynthia in Malcolm in the Middle was in the popular J.J. Abrams series Lost. In 2006, the actress began playing the recurring role of Alex Rousseau after appearing for the first time in the show in season 2, episode 15, "Maternity Leave," as Ben Linus' (Michael Emerson) adopted daughter. She then went on to appear in 20 more episodes of the show until her character's heartbreaking death in 2010.
To this day, Raymonde looks fondly back to her Lost days. "Lost was such a great conversation starter," she told Yitzi Weiner for Authority Magazine (via Medium).
"All the characters had secrets, everyone was hiding something. It toyed with the idea I think we all ask ourselves sometimes — what would have happened if I missed that plane? What if I said no instead of yes? Would the whole scope of my life be different? Maybe there's an alternate universe out there where we made different choices. Everything Everywhere All At Once explores that beautifully, Lost did it too. I'm into it."
After Lost, Tania Raymonde went on to appear in many popular TV series, including Chicago Fire, Hawai 5.0., and Switched At Birth. She also appeared in The Big Bang Theory in 2014, where she played Yvette, a veterinarian who ends up taking care of Raj's (Kunal Nayyar) dog Cinnamon in the season 7 episode "The Locomotive Manipulation."
Raymonde hasn't stopped working since her brief cameo in TBBT. Since 2014, this actress has appeared in shows such as CSI, The Last Ship, S.W.A.T., and NCIS. Most recently, she starred in the Amazon Studios series Goliath and the movie Futra Days (2022). It's no surprise that Raymonde has almost 60 acting credits under her name to date!