Cuoco was named #77 on FHM-Us’ 100 Sexiest Women in 2005 and #21 in 2008. She began voicing the character of Brandy Harrington on the Disney Channel’s cartoon, Brandy and Mr. Whiskers, later in 2004. Cuoco played Bridget Hennessy on the ABC sitcom 8 Simple Rules. She plays Penny, a beautiful, down-to-earth aspiring actress and employee at The Cheesecake Factory who moves in next door to two nerdy scientists, Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Leonard (Johnny Galecki). Prior to the 2010-2011 season, she earned $60,000 an episode for the series, the same as Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons. in 2010, the cast negotiated a raise for each actor to make $200,000 per episode. She has also been cast alongside Cam Gigandet, Penn Badgley, and Crystal Lowe in Darkness Falls, expected to be released in 2011. She was a nationally ranked amateur tennis player, a sport she took up when she was three years old.