Melissa Rauch Explains Why Bernadette Speaks Like She Does On ‘The Big Bang Theory’

Ever since making her debut on The Big Bang Theory, Melissa Rauch has become a firm fan favorite as her character has gone from being a recurring romantic partner for Howard to his wife.

One of the reasons why Rauch has been so popular and memorable is her hugely unique voice, which is very different to that of the actress’ normal speaking voice. But why did Rauch decide to adopt such a peculiar voice for the show? Well, she’s now revealed that it was just something that materialized during the audition process.

Speaking at the San Diego Comic-Con panel for The Big Bang Theory, which took place on Friday, Rauch admitted that the voice wasn’t part of the writers or producers’ original plan for the character.

According to Cinema Blend, Rauch explained, “That was something that I came in with on my own. That was something I did in the audition and then ran with it.”

Rauch, who previously performed on the stand-up comedy route across Manhattan and even wrote and starred in a one-woman show entitled, The Miss Education Of Jenna Bush, as well as writing and starring in the 2015 comedy The Bronze, couldn’t help but crack a joke about the voice during the panel, too, as she added, “That’s actually my real voice and this is my fake voice.”

Melissa Rauch didn’t just partake in The Big Bang Theory’s Comic-Con panel at the event, she also was the special guest moderator for it, too. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rauch immediately looked to take advantage of her position of prominence as she asked the show’s writers about Amy and Sheldon having sex for the first time.

Her question of, “Can you guys tell us about the coitus episode?,” led to The Big Bang Theory’s show runner Steve Molaro confessing, “Not since I lost my own virginity have I been so stressed out and so invested in a single physical act.”

At the event The Big Bang Theory also revealed that Penny’s mother and brother will finally be introduced in the tenth season of the show. They will be played by Katey Sagal and Jack McBrayer, respectively.

Sagal’s appearance on the show is the second time that she has portrayed the mother of Kaley Cuoco’s character, having previously done so in the ABC sitcom 8 Simple Rules For Dating My Teenage Daughter. At Comic Con, Steve Molaro joked that she was cast because, “She told us she’s always up for playing Kaley’s mom.” Sagal’s character will be called Susan, and she has been described as stressed out and neurotic from looking after her son.

Meanwhile Jack McBrayer, who is mostly known to television fans because of his role on Tina Fey’s 30 Rock, will portray Penny’s brother Randall, a former drug dealer and ex-con that is now cheerful.

At the event, according to Variety, Molaro was asked about whether there is a plan in place for the end of The Big Bang Theory, to which he responded, “I’m not gonna tell you. There’s a few thoughts that have floated around, but we don’t really know how long the show’s going to go on for, so I think it’s a little early for us to be thinking about an end point.”

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