Kaley Cuoco has opened up about depression following her divorce from Karl Cook.
Last year Kaley and Karl – who started dating in 2016 – announced their divorce after three years of marriage.
They told People in a joint statement on Sept. 3 that despite “deep love and respect for each other,” their “current paths” have taken them in “opposite directions.”
“We both shared a lot of our journey publicly, so while we would prefer to keep that aspect of our personal lives private, we wanted to be open in our truth together. There is no anger or animosity, quite the contrary,” their statement continued.
Their divorce proceedings soon began, with legal documents later that month revealing that Kaley had asked the court to deny him child support, thanks to a “bulletproof prenup” put in place to protect her income.
And now, nearly a year later, Kaley is reflecting on the “dark” time since their split.
In a new interview with Variety, the actress revealed that she was dealing with the aftermath of her divorce while filming the second season of her hit show, The stewardess – and the difficult time was made worse by the fact that her character, Cassie, had hit “low bottom” in the series.
“It was one of the hardest years of my life. Not just personally, but doing this character who was so tormented,” she began. “It was the first time I started therapy – I’ve been very open about it…simply because I was going through so much right before we started shooting.”
She went on to reveal that the simultaneous stress in her personal and professional life had become so unbearable that it began to affect her physical health as well, manifesting in painful rashes that prevented her from walking.
“It was awful,” Kaley recalled. “I developed a stress rash that ran all over my body for three straight months and wouldn’t go away. I literally had my leg on fire for three months. I could barely walk.
As a result, her co-star Zosia Mamet moved in with her to be roommates and lend her a hand, with Kaley revealing that the previous period was “the loneliest [she’d] never felt.
“I really needed someone to be with me,” Kaley said of life on set. “I was really losing my mind. And then so many of those scenes were so hard to do because they were so hateful and so sad and so dark, and there wasn’t a lot of levity.
Shortly after, Kaley made the decision to organize an intervention for torallying the show’s producers in its trailer and asking for their support in this difficult time.
“A month later I had an intervention on myself in my trailer – all my producers were in there. And I said, ‘I need help.’ It was interesting to say it out loud. And everyone is like, ‘Yeah, we want to help!’” she revealed.
“I was very open about it because I think for the first time I wanted people to know that things aren’t always what they seem. And things aren’t always so perfect” , she admitted. “I’m a working woman, and so independent, and I’m really proud that I can do everything. Well, this time, I literally couldn’t.
Reflecting now, Kaley admitted she threw herself into a hectic work schedule in an attempt to suppress her sadness, calling it “a super dark time”.
“I just didn’t know how to go about it. I threw myself into work to deny my depression and how upset I was. Unfortunately, the character was so depressed that he didn’t help me! she says.
“I was really, really, really struggling,” Kaley added. “A lot of tears.”
Fortunately, the The Big Bang Theory The star is in a much happier place today, having recently started a new relationship with actor Tom Pelphrey.
Last month the couple, who began their romance in May, shared a sweet moment after both received Emmy nominations – Tom’s for their performance in ozarkand Kaley for The stewardess.
“CONGRATULATIONS TO MY FAVORITE ACTRESS!!!” Tom wrote on Instagram alongside an adorable video of Kaley finding out about her nomination. “Such a beautiful and courageous work. Beyond grateful to share this with you today,” he added.
Kaley quickly returned the gesture in her own post, writing, “To share this moment with my ♥️ @tommypelphrey with his own deserved nomination…what a moment and we are so grateful.”