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7 things you didn’t know about Kaley Cuoco

Kaley Cuoco at the 17th Annual Instyle and Warner Bros. Photos Golden Globes afterparty…

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“Big Bang Theory” star Kaley Cuoco has become a Hollywood “it girl” in the past few years.

You may think that you know almost everything about the “Big Bang Theory” actress, but think twice.

Here are some surprising facts about the comedy superstar:

1. Kaley was not the first choice for the ‘Big Bang Theory’

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Believe it or not, the main female character in the show was originally played by Canadian actress Amanda Walsh.

According to the International Business Times, Walsh played in the original pilot, as the character Katie, but CBS rejected the show.

Finally, the network picked up the show when Cuoco replace Walsh as the popular character, Penny.

The rest is history.

2. She finished high school at 16

You can add Cuoco to the list of smart Hollywood celebrities.

According to IMDB, Cuoco was home-schooled and earned her diploma early in the 16.

3. Kaley has a talent for horseback riding

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Cuoco is an avid horse rider and trainer since she was 15 years old.

She recently posted a picture on Instagram of her kissing her horse, Bojangles, along with her fiancé, Karl Cook. She wrote a book, “Not sure who I will miss.”

4. Cuoco sings!

At the age of 25, Cuoco faced with a scary fall during a horseback riding accident.

While she was in the hospital with a leg fracture, Cuoco and her then boyfriend Christopher French of the group Annie Automatic, sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

The couple eventually recorded the song for the Humane Society of the United States in support for animal adoption.

5. She is a former nationally-ranked tennis player

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According to IMDB, before becoming a actress, she was an outstanding amateur tennis player who won several competitions in the junior competitions at the national level.

Cuoco was reportedly ranked sixth during the 2000 united states National Open Championship between junior and college tennis players. She still plays recreationally.

No wonder she connected with her ex-husband, Ryan Sweeting, a professional tennis player.

6. Kaley was Ellen DeGeneres?

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That’s right — in a Degeneres’ comedy in the 1990s, Cuoco played a younger version of the comedian on “Ellen.”

In Episode 6 of Season 4, Ellen and her old friend Paige, played by Joely Fisher, go to the same summer camp they went to when they were kids.

With her hair cut short like Ellen, Cuoco plays the flashback version of Ellen DeGeneres and her boyfriend bring up memories.

7. She expressed a dog

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Cuoco was the voice behind the main character on the animated show “Brandy & Mr. Whiskers,” on the Disney Channel.

The show aired for two seasons, from 2004 to 2006. The series followed Brandy, a tomboyish 14-year-old dog and her rabbit friend, Mr. Whiskers.

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