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An Interview with Kunal Nayyar for Season Six of The Big Bang Theory

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30 August 2013

Kunal Nayyar plays Raj in the hit comedy, The Big Bang Theory. With the sixth season about to air, we caught up with the talented actor to discover some insider secrets on upcoming storylines, guest stars and the possibility of romance for Raj…


The Big Bang Theory’s executive producer Chuck Lorre recently revealed that Raj is going to get a love interest in Season Six. What do you think about that?

Chuck Lorre revealed that information at Comic-Con and the first time I heard about it was when he opened his mouth during the panel. However, he described the love interest as ‘it’. I don’t know if ‘it’ is a person or a thing that Raj is going to fall in love with – but it would be lovely to see Raj have an actual relationship.



Who would 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. We had Danica McKellar on our show a while ago. She played Winnie in The Wonder Years and it would be cool to have her back as a love interest. I think she’s a great icon in the geek world. Summer Glau or someone like that would be fun, too. Mayim Bialik is taken, so it’s tough to find someone else!


Howard and Bernadette were married at the end of the last season. How will that affect Raj?

It’s going to be strange for Raj because 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. We’ll see…


Would you like to go into space like Howard?

Me, personally? No way. I have a fear of heights and I’m claustrophobic. I would be rendered useless in space. That’s not my thing at all.


How did it feel to have Stephen Hawking guest star on the show last year?

That was amazing. We’ve had some great guest stars on the show, including Leonard Nimoy and Stan Lee, but Stephen Hawking was fantastic with his one liner. I thought it was fantastic that he came onto the show.


What other guest stars would you like to see on The Big Bang Theory?

To be completely honest, I don’t know how to top Stephen Hawking. Where do you go from there? That’s tough. Maybe Barack Obama can come on this year? I know he’s not a geek, but he’s someone who would be great on the show.


That would certainly be groundbreaking…

Well, we’ve already sent someone into space on the show, so let’s see what else we can pull off. To be honest, I’ve no idea what’s going to happen this year and I honestly don’t know what we can do to better ourselves, but I’m sure the writers will come up with something.


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

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 this year, I trust the writers and the producers inherently – and it’s going to be fun to go out and play again.



How nerve wracking does it feel to have these witty one-liners every episode? And do you ever panic that your line might not be funny?

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. Thankfully, it usually works.


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.


What do you think of the scripts for the new series?

I haven’t seen any scripts yet. We start shooting in a couple of weeks and I won’t see the first script until the week before. It’s very exciting because I can’t wait to find out what’s going to happen this year. I can’t wait to get back to work.


Can you take us through your working week?

Sure. As I mentioned, we get our script the week before we shoot the show. We rehearse on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and the weekend – but we shoot on Monday and Tuesday. It’s good fun.


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, though. I voiced a character in the animation, Ice Age 4, which was a lot of fun. I also did another small movie called The Scribbler.


Do you enjoy the fact that you’ve got a job to come back to every year?

It’s great to know that I’ve got a job at the end of every break. It certainly takes the pressure off me. It’s nice to be able to know that I’ve got a job and everything will be fine. That’s bliss for me.


What are your geekiest qualities?

I love video games. I love, love, love them! I also love Star Wars. In fact, I wish Jedi was a true religion.