Kicking It With Kunal Nayyar
'The Big Bang Theory' star teases a romance for Raj and more
Kunal Nayyar is nothing like his character Raj on CBS' hit nerd comedy, "The Big Bang Theory."
For starters, the 31-year-old, British born actor has no trouble talking to women -- Raj needs a drink to do the same -- and he's even married.
Nayyar earned a Master of Fine Arts in Acting at Temple University. And although he has great comedic timing, he has never performed stand-up and never will, he said.
We caught up with Nayyar at a recent CBS party to talk about his character and what fans can anticipate in Season 6 of "The Big Bang Theory," which kicks off Sept. 27.
MSN TV: What can we expect from Raj this season?
Kunal Nayyar: Apparently, this is the year Raj is going to attempt to find love. I don't know how he's going to talk to a girl but he's going to try. I wish I knew how. We don't go back to work until next week. But at Comic-Con, I heard Chuck Lorre (executive producer) say that Raj is going to find love. And then he said "I'm really excited to see it." So I don't know if he meant "it" as in "I'm excited to see him find love" or "it" as in who he's loving. We'll see.
How does it feel to have thousands of fans come out and shower the cast with love at Comic-Con year after year?
Fans are the heartbeat and soul of our show and without them there would be no us. They really are the blessing. We're always humbled by the emotion that the crowd shows. This year we sent one of our fans to space. So that was pretty amazing. Comic-Con fans are so affectionate and it's always a lovely way to start a new season.
Will the bromance between Raj and Howard continue?
Now Howard (Simon Helberg) is married and I don't know how that's going to affect things. Howard is Raj's crush and Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) is Raj's crush too so it's going to be interesting.
The addition of Amy (Mayim Bialik) and Bernadette as female nerds has made the show even funnier. Can you talk about that?
Mayim and Melissa are incredible because they're not only amazing actors but they're also just amazing people and to add that energy to a show that's already pretty hot is wonderful. The last three years have been spent establishing them and I felt like in the second half of season five, they were really establishing a rhythm. So this year, they're completely established and now we can really let loose and have a lot of fun.
A lot of people tune in to see what Raj is going to do and say. Raj cooks a souffle or Raj wears Khloe and Lamar cologne. Does that surprise you?
Really? Yes. That's so sweet. But the writing is incredible and what really makes or breaks the show is how good the writing stays. We have some of the most incredible writers in the industry. That's my opinion. We're a true ensemble show and it's really cool that I get to work with these actors.
Do you think you would ever do stand up comedy?
The really good stand up comedians can be angry but relatable and they have interestingly humanizing personalities. They're observational skills are far greater than mine so I'll just stick to reading lines off a page.
"The Big Bang Theory" returns Thursday, Sept. 27, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.