Big Bang Theory Interview: Kunal Nayyar Talks About Season 6 As Raj

Big Bang Theory has grown from the little show about a group of nerdy scientists to the biggest show on television in six seasons. Over 20 million people tuned in to the latest season of the show to catch the drama of Dungeon & Dragon night, Comic Con and trying to find a girl who will put up with your quirks. Kunal Nayyar has enjoyed playing Raj Koothrappali, an Indian astrophysicist, who can’t talk to girls without a having a few drinks first and who’s been watching his friends get relationships, while he spends Friday nights alone. We caught up with Kunal Nayyar to chat about Big Bang Theory’s success and Raj’s journey to getting a girlfriend. See what Kunal Nayyar told us.

Real Style: When you started on Big Bang Theory did you ever think the show would get this big?

Kunal Nayyar: As an actor you never do. You think ‘Oh my god, I hope this pilot gets picked up.’ When the pilot gets picked up, you think ‘Oh my god I hope they don’t recast me.’ Then when the first episode shoots you think ‘Ok I made it. I hope all nine episodes shoot.’ Then ‘I hope we get the back nine order.’ Then ‘I hope we get our second season.’ For me, when I really thought that this was getting a little crazy was when we got sold into syndication and showed five times a week on all different channels. That’s when I would walk down the street and everyone would know who I was. People started stopping me on the street for photographs. That’s when it really began to feel real. You read about things and hear the numbers, but when fans start approaching you, screaming your name, taking photographs and saying stuff like ‘You got me through six month of chemotherapy,’ ‘Your show has meant so much to me,’ ‘My children want to be physicists now’ or ‘You’ve been a voice for the science community.’ Those things made it become tangible and that’s when it started to feel real for me.

Real Style: You have made science popular for a generation. As an actor, does that feel weird to you?

Kunal Nayyar: It’s weird when people come up to me and ask me questions because they think I’m smart. We are so ingrained in these characters and the writers do such a wonderful job making it sound like these words are coming out of our mouths. It’s sort of art imitating life or life imitating art. I never get that saying right. I don’t think anyone has ever used that quote correctly.

Kunal Nayyar talks about how much Raj has grown throughout this season after the jump.

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