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Did They Get Along? The REAL Story of Johnny Galecki and Aarti Mann on the "Big Bang Theory" Set
2024/06/04

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The Unexpected Evolution of Priya Koothrappali

The Making of a Character

Whenever rehearsing her lines, Aarti Mann would often try to inject a comedic twist into her character, Priya Koothrappali. However, executive producer Chuck Lorre had a different vision. He would frequently advise, "Play it simply. You're beautiful when you're simple." Mann found herself constantly adjusting her performance to meet this direction, believing that she was delivering exactly what the show needed.

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"Every sitcom needs their straight man or straight woman," she reflected, understanding her role in balancing the ensemble.

A Change in Plans

Originally, Priya's storyline was intended to be quite different. Mann reveals that Priya was supposed to be engaged and planning her wedding, with Leonard as her final fling before tying the knot. This plotline underwent significant changes during rehearsals.

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"The character changed completely," Mann explained. "Originally she was engaged and she was going to get married, and Leonard was her last fling. We rehearsed it over the week, and it became just Priya making a booty call."

Behind the Scenes

Despite not being a fan favorite, especially among those rooting for Penny and Leonard's relationship, Mann's portrayal of Priya was well-received by her colleagues.

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