She plays the girl next door – quite literally – in TV comedy The Big Bang Theory, and is one of the most promising actresses on the small screen. Of course, we’re talking about the witty and feisty Kaley Cuoco – a 32-year-old who happens to have quite an extensive relationship history. Whether it’s romances with fellow co-stars or professional sports players, the past seven years have been quite an emotional roller coaster ride for Cuoco. However, it seems like she may have finally found “the one” in equestrian Karl Cook. He popped the question in November 2017, but it was her incredible reaction to his marriage proposal that really got people talking.
She may only be in her early 30s, but Cuoco is already one of the most recognizable and well-loved television actresses around today. Born in 1985 in Camarillo, California, this bubbly blonde beauty always had a real penchant for performing – even during her formative years.
Even as a child, Cuoco got herself out there, modeling and appearing in various television commercials. She was so successful that her parents, Gary and Layne, had their little girl home schooled. Nonetheless, Cuoco also found the time to become a decent amateur tennis player, earning a regional ranking for her efforts.
However, her acting abilities were first put on display in 1992 at the age of seven, making her motion picture debut in the Donald Sutherland-fronted thriller Quicksand: No Escape. The next few years saw Cuoco’s career snowball as she picked up various television roles and minor movie appearances.
The actress landed her breakthrough role in 2002 with the popular sitcom 8 Simple Rules. Starring John Ritter, Katey Sagal and David Spade, the show proved to be the perfect vehicle for Cuoco to hone her comedic chops. This process would certainly come in handy for her next big project…
Yes, in 2007 the rising young star landed the part of Penny in smash-hit sitcom The Big Bang Theory. Originated by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, the show has become a glittering jewel in CBS’ crown during its eleven-season run, thanks to its off-the-wall humor and lovable characters.
And girl-next-door Cuoco was one of the most adorable of all. She benefited enormously from the series’ success, and while Cuoco still appears in The Big Bang Theory, the actress has also taken on other projects. Cuoco appeared on the big screen in 2010’s The Penthouse, The Last Ride in 2011, and The Wedding Ringer from 2015 to name but a few.
But while her professional life has been pretty straightforward, unfortunately the same can’t necessarily be said about the romantic side of things. Firstly, Cuoco made headlines in 2010 when it emerged that she had been rehearsing her on-screen romance with Big Bang partner Johnny Galecki in real life. It turned out that the pair had secretly dated for two years and had only recently called it a day.
Following this split, Cuoco went on to become romantically hooked on addiction specialist Josh Resnik. Things soon got pretty serious the couple. They even got engaged at the end of 2011, only for them to call it off early the next year. Cuoco’s search for love did not end there, though…
No, the actress actually got engaged for the second time when she made a love match with pro tennis player Ryan Sweeting in 2013. The couple started dating in June, became betrothed in September, and finished off the year nicely by getting hitched in December. Sadly, however, it was not to last and husband and wife decided to go their separate ways after almost two years of marriage.
The divorce finally came through in 2016, but Cuoco had not waited for the official paperwork to get back on the dating scene. And professional horse rider Karl Cook did not see it as a hurdle to love when he rode into her life soon after her marriage broke down. But soon the 26-year-old show jumper was preparing himself for a real leap of faith.
After some 20 months of seeing each other, Cook popped the question on November 30, 2017. This was the day Cuoco turned 32, and the birthday girl’s reaction to the surprise marriage proposal was priceless. The actress just couldn’t play down her happiness when she was asked for her hand in marriage. On top of saying “yes” to her presumably nervous boyfriend, Cuoco also broke down in tears of joy.
And what’s more is that film of the magical moment is out there for everyone to share. A video of the exchange has been posted to Cuoco’s Instagram page. The heartwarming footage begins with Cook asking the actress, “What’s on your finger, honey?” An emotional Cuoco holds up her hand to reveal a sparking diamond ring on her finger, before replying, “We’re engaged!” However, Cook wanted to have video evidence.
So he follows up his initial enquiry with a statement, “You still haven’t said yes yet.” Cuoco then excitedly replies, “Yes! I say yes! I say yes!” The Big Bang Theory beauty later captioned the post, “Still crying… every part of this night has been perfection just like you @mrtankcook I love you forever!”
And Cook wasted little time returning his new fiancée‘s compliments by taking to his Instagram account. Alongside a still from his video, he stated, “Well after nearly two years I finally got up the courage to ask her to marry me. This is the best night of my life and I think the video shows it is the best night for Kaley as well… She said yes!!!!!”
Eager fans also got a better look at the ring, as Cook uploaded a close-up picture of the special jewelry to his social media feed. The caption beside it read, “I am so, so, so happy. Thank you @nadis_diamonds for making the greatest ring I could hope for. Absolutely brilliant. Thank you, thank you.”
Subsequently, Cuoco and Cook’s good news and public declarations sent shockwaves across the internet. One Instagram user wrote under Cook’s post, “Congrats! Wish you make this happiness last forever!!!” Another added, “Congratulations… I love you guys! Wish you nothing but happiness and joy!”
Meanwhile, many fans purred over the engagement rock on the social media site, with one user exclaiming, “Every girls dream ring,” and another proclaiming, “It’s absolutely magnificent! Congratulations to you both! #HappilyEverAfter.” And many more of the online community were in agreement. Incredibly, the image of the ring alone has garnered more than 80,000 likes on Instagram.
While the proposal certainly seemed to have shocked Cuoco, many of her followers were arguably less taken aback. They have witnessed how close the pair have become over the past two years. The actress spoke to People magazine about the relationship in August 2016. She said, “When you share something so special, some sort of connection – for us, it’s horses, but anything two people share – you have that common goal. And you know that you want the same things in life, day to day, and in the future.”
Cuoco continued, “It just sets you on a better path. Having a lot in common is really important, and we definitely have a lot in common. I think that that’s what makes us so strong and really happy.” Now that Cuoco and Cook are engaged to be married, the couple’s common interests will certainly prove valuable.
The two lovebirds were recently seen out and about in California, attending the Critics’ Choice Awards in January, 2018. And it seemed as if they were confirming their personal choice with both of them looking as smitten as ever. As for a wedding date? Nothing has been confirmed so far, but sources say they are eyeing up a New Year’s Eve 2018 wedding ceremony. Now that will be cause for great celebration for Cuoco and Cook, and perhaps it will call for another emotional viral video.