The Big Bang Theory's Melissa Rauch on the End of the Series and Her New Healthy, Family-Friendly Cookbook
You’ve been playing Bernadette for a decade now. What has been the best part of this character for you?
Just being a part of this group has been so wonderful and really a dream come true. What’s been nice about Bernadette, in particular, is she’s been a few steps ahead of me in life. She had kids before I did, and she had to juggle being a working mom before I did. She navigated the actual transition into motherhood before me. So, it’s been like a little dress rehearsal for my own life.
I wore a baby bump before I was actually pregnant and I actually wore my Bernadette maternity pants when I was actually pregnant because I had already been fit for them. So, she’s been like this big sister to me who led the way. So, I think I’ll miss that, not having her a few steps ahead of me, or maybe she’ll be out there somewhere in the ether and I can catch up to her, but it has been really nice having her lead the way for me.
Is it true that you were actually at the unemployment office the day before you auditioned for this and this has totally changed your life in that way, too?
That is true. I thought this was going to be a one-time guest star and I got the audition praying that I would get this job and be there for a week. I can’t wrap my brain around the fact that I’ve been there for close to a decade. There’s not a day that goes by that I haven’t been eternally grateful for that and it’s amazing. They always say that you’re one job away and it’s so true.
Your cast seems to be so tightly knit. Do you think when this is over that you will all stay in touch? Do you think it will continue to be like a family for you?
Absolutely. This group shares a bond that is for forever. It’s such a wonderful group of people and I love them all from the bottom of my heart. I know that I’ll keep in touch with everyone. So, it’s not necessarily about missing the people, because we’ll keep in touch. I think it’s about missing them in this situation that brought us all together. The pre-show hug and all that we do and laughing together in-between scenes. The little memories that you may not realize are so special in the moment but looking back you will cherish them forever.
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