Big Bang The­ory

TV Plus (South Africa) - - 9 MARCH -

Sea­son 10 Wed M-Net (*101) 20:00 Re­peat Thu M-Net Sat 16:30 Com­edy

Melissa Rauch’s voice for her char­ac­ter Ber­nadette is shrill enough to shat­ter glass on The Big Bang The­ory (2007cur­rent). “But that’s not how I sound,” says the 36-year-old of her mi­cro­bi­ol­o­gist role. “The sweet high-pitched voice is based on my mother!”

1 The New Jersey na­tive hated “the quiet life” and moved to New York af­ter fin­ish­ing high school. And Melissa adds that “I had the biggest fear that I’d be­come Snooki [from MTV re­al­ity show Jersey Shore, 2009-2012] if I stayed. I’m a bot­tle of hair dye away as it is”.

2 She grad­u­ated from Man­hat­tan Col­lege in 2002 with her bach­e­lor de­gree in fine arts and moved to LA the next year. “But it took a while to set­tle,” she says – her first role came in 2006 in in­die drama Deliri­ous

3 Melissa also did stand-up rou­tines to make cash be­fore her Big Bang role came around. She was a wait­ress in sports bars too, like her char­ac­ter.

4 Com­edy also landed her a hubby – she mar­ried her col­lege sweet­heart Win­ston Rauch in 2007. He’s a writer and cast her as a foul-mouthed gym­nast in his 2015 com­edy The Bronze.

5 And while Ber­nadette is com­ing to terms with moth­er­hood, Melissa has no plans to ex­pand her fam­ily just yet. “I’ve been asked if I’m preg­nant in real life, so I called my par­ents be­fore the episode (sea­son 9 episode 16) and was like, ‘You’re TV grand­par­ents!’”

6 Dy­na­mite comes in short pack­ages and the 1.5m-tall actress keeps in shape with kick­box­ing. “It’s a full-body work-out,” she says, adding that “yoga, volleyball and cy­cling don’t hurt”.

7 Melissa may be a fan favourite, but she doesn’t make her co-stars’ $1 mil­lion-an-episode (R13 mil­lion) salary. She’s on a “pal­try” $60 0000.

Melissa’s night­mare: turn­ing into Snooki.

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