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KU­NAL Nay­yar plays Raj, the king of the one­liner, in TV rat­ings hit, The Big Bang The­ory.

Whowould you like to see Raj ro­mance?

It would be really cool for him to date a geek icon on the show. But to be com­pletely hon­est, I don’t really know be­cause any woman would be fine. I don’t think Raj has the right to be choosy.

Howard and Ber­nadette were mar­ried. How­does that af­fect Raj?

He al­ways used Howard Wolowitz as his crutch. When you take that crutch away, he’s go­ing to have to lean on some­thing else. Ei­ther he eats 20 cheese­burg­ers a day and be­comes 400 pounds and is sad and cry­ing all the time or he ac­tu­ally goes out there and risks his heart on some love.

Would you like to go into space like Howard?

Me, per­son­ally? No way. I have a fear of heights and I’m claus­tro­pho­bic.

Raj is usu­ally the king of one-lin­ers in the show. Will that change?

I don’t think so. In gen­eral, this char­ac­ter al­ways comes in and says one line. It feels like he saves up his thoughts and re­veals them at the most in­ap­pro­pri­ate moment. What­ever his role in the show is go­ing to be, I trust the writ­ers and the pro­duc­ers in­her­ently – it’s fun to go out and play.

Hown­erve-rack­ing does it feel to have th­ese witty one-lin­ers ev­ery episode?

When we first started The Big Bang The­ory, I would get in­cred­i­bly ner­vous be­cause it’s such a big show and I was just out of grad­u­ate school. I’d come in and have this huge re­spon­si­bil­ity for the one line that ev­ery­one hopes will bring down the house.

How­did it feel to have Stephen Hawk­ing guest star last year?

That was amaz­ing. We’ve had some great guest stars in­clud­ing Leonard Ni­moy and Stan Lee, but Stephen Hawk­ing was fan­tas­tic with his one-liner.

What other guest stars would you like to see on

The Big Bang The­ory? I don’t know how to top Stephen Hawk­ing. Where do you go from there? Maybe Barack Obama can come on this year? I know he’s not a geek, but he’d be great on the show.

What do you like the most about your char­ac­ter?

My char­ac­ter is really good look­ing. I love that! No, in all se­ri­ous­ness, I think Raj is a very funny guy. He likes to rat­tle things up with his one-lin­ers, but he’s just speak­ing his mind. He’ll make an ob­ser­va­tion about some­thing that is so pure and that’s what is funny.

Can you take us through your work­ing week?

We get our script the week be­fore we shoot the show. We re­hearse on Wed­nes­day, Thurs­day, Fri­day and the week­end – but shoot on Mon­day and Tues­day.

Are you able to jug­gle any other act­ing projects along­side the show?

I like to work as much as I can, but I only really have the hia­tus to work on other projects. I’ve kept my­self busy re­cently. I voiced a char­ac­ter in Ice Age 4, which was a lot of fun. I also did an­other small movie called The Scrib­bler.

What are your geeki­est qual­i­ties?

I love video games. I love, love, love them! I also love Star Wars. I wish Jedi was a true re­li­gion. The Big Bang The­ory, Chan­nel 9, week­nights, 7pm

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