‘Big Bang Theory’ Cast Talk On-Set Friendships, Insist Pay Dispute Hasn’t Changed Them

The cast of The Big Bang Theory have every right to a little big-headed. The CBS behemoth is now the biggest sitcom on American television, and over the summer, its three main actor managed to negotiate a huge pay-rise too.

Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, and Kaley Cuoco are now paid $1 million per episode, while the other leading cast-members, Simon Helberg, Melissa Rauch, Kunal Nayyar, and Mayim Bialik, aren’t doing too badly for themselves either. The gaggle of comedians have now revealed that, despite the difference in paychecks, each of them are close friends, and that the relationships they’ve forged over the past seven seasons will last a life-time.

Helberg, who plays the loveably dorky Howard Wolowitz on the comedy, explained to People magazine, “Everybody’s got their feet on the ground, so it doesn’t feel that much different than day one.”

Cuoco, who has turned into a national sweet-heart ever since she started portraying Penny on the show, added, “You learn who to talk to, where to go and how to act,” while she also noted that she had even devised a strategy to remain as normal as possible. If you don’t want to be photographed, don’t go to The Ivy, and wear undergarments when you go out.”

It was Rauch, who has been a regular on The Big Bang Theory as Dr. Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz since the fourth season, who confirmed that the entire cast spend quite a bit of time together. The actress revealed that she frequently socialises with Parson and his partner, Todd Spiewak, Helberg and his wife, Jocelyn Town, Cuoco and her husband, tennis player Ryan Sweeting, and Kunal and his squeeze, Neha Kapur.

She even went on to proclaim some of the characteristics of the group.

“Kaley is the best at throwing parties,” she declared. “Mayim’s the deeper thinker, and Kunal is a big giggler. We all get along, and it’s a nice family feel.”

The Big Bang Theory’s eighth season will premiere with two episodes, “The Locomotion Interruption” and “The Junior Professor Solution,” next Monday on CBS. The first of these installments will reveal exactly where Sheldon ended up when he got onto the train at the end of the last season.

SPOILER ALERT: It turns out that after getting robbed in Arizona he quickly called up Leonard and asked his pal to come and pick him up.

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