In his juicy new memoir, Yes, My Accent Is Real, The Big Bang Theory star Kunal Nayyar, 34, dishes behind-the-scenes secrets about the hit sitcom.
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Nayyar says he was "obsessed" with actress Danica McKellar's character Winnie Cooper on The Wonder Years as a kid in India— and was nervous to kiss her when she guest starred on an episode of TBBT. "I even avoided coffee so I wouldn't have coffee breath, and then I popped seventeen Altoids," he writes.
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When the New Delhi-bred Nayyar auditioned for his part, he had never heard of the show's famous executive producer and creator, Chuck Lorre. "To me, he was just another guy I wanted to make laugh," he says.
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Nayyar's character, Raj Koothrappali, was initially supposed to be called Dave, but they changed the shy astrophysicist's ethnicity to Indian for him.
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Lucky! Nayyar landed his very first audition upon moving to Los Angeles: the role of Raj.
The Septum Deviation
The entire cast plays ping-pong on set during downtime, Nayyar reveals. "Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting is a very good ping-pong player, Mark Cendrowski, our director, is excellent," the actor says. "And I think I'm the best."
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The cast even competed against over TV shows, including Kelsey Grammer's now-canceled sitcom Back to You. "I would tell you who won but I am sworn to secrecy," he says, but later acknowledges that his crew took home the gold.
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Despite what viewers may believe, the hit show does NOT have a laugh track, Nayyar insists. "The laughter is real, from a real live audience," he writes. "I know this because I am there every single day of my life."
The Status Quo Combustion
Nayyar can't keep a straight face while filming. "I'm the absolute worst on the show about breaking character and cracking up laughing," he admits. "I'll even start laughing at my own jokes."
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Costar diss? When Nayyar wed former Miss India Neha Kapur, 31, in 2011, his TBBT cast members were not among the one thousand guests.
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However, he refers to his costars as his "family away from home" in the book's acknowledgments.