Kaley Cuoco admitted she was “struggling” and trying to “deny” her depression during her 2021 split with Karl Cook.
“It was a really dark time during my divorce,” the 36-year-old flight attendant told Variety in an interview published Thursday.
“I just didn’t know how to deal with it,” the actress explained. “I threw myself into work to deny my depression and how upset I was. Unfortunately the character [Cassandra Bowden]was so depressed it didn’t help me!
“I had a really, really, really hard time,” Cuoco continued. “A lot of tears.”
The “Big Bang Theory” alum, whose divorce from the 31-year-old rider was finalized in June, first began therapy, orchestrating an intervention in her trailer despite “really[ing] proud that she can do everything” herself.
“All my producers were there,” Cuoco told the outlet. “It was interesting… to have everyone say, ‘Yes, we want to help!’ I am a working woman, and so independent. … Well this time I literally couldn’t [do it myself].”
The Emmy nominee has chosen to be “very open” about the experience to show people that “things just aren’t always what they seem. [and] … are not always so perfect.”
Cuoco went on to detail the “terrible” physical details she was experiencing, saying, “I developed a stress rash that ran all over my body for three months and wouldn’t go away. I literally had fire on my leg for three months.” I could barely walk.”
After the actress moved in with her co-star Zosia Mamet, who plays Annie Mouradian on the HBO Max show, she felt better about acting “hateful…sad”. [and] dark” scenes.
“I really needed someone with me,” Cuoco noted. “I was really losing my mind. … Like, it was the loneliest I’ve ever felt, and I’m not really one to share that.”
The Golden Globe nominee married Cook in June 2018. She was previously married to Ryan Sweeting from 2013 to 2016.
Cuoco is now dating Tom Pelphrey and will make her Instagram debut with the “Ozark” alum, 40, in May.
“This incredible man… saved me in every way,” Cuoco gushed via Instagram last month. “Happy Birthday darling!
“Knowing you is really worshiping you,” she concluded in July’s post. “The world lit up the day you were born. I love you.”