The Flight Attendant star Kaley Cuoco talks to EW's The Awardist podcast about assembling the stellar cast for her HBO Max hit.

Kaley Cuoco could've taken a break after CBS' The Big Bang Theory ended in 2019. Instead, she chose to executive-produce and star on HBO Max's comedy-thriller The Flight Attendant, an adaptation of Chris Bohjalian's 2018 novel. And as an exec producer, Cuoco — who plays Cassie, an alcoholic flight attendant caught up in a murder mystery — was involved in assembling Flight Attendant's stellar ensemble, which includes T.R. Knight, Zosia Mamet, Michiel Huisman, and Rosie Perez.

In the latest episode of EW's The Awardist podcast, Cuoco recalls the first time she saw the "self-tape" audition from Knight, who plays Cassie's brother, Davey. "I was actually headed to dinner one night and I was early, so I'm looking through the tapes," she says. "I open [T.R.'s] tape, and the first few lines, I just start bawling... I said, 'That's my brother.'"

Though many of her scenes with Knight were phone calls that the two shot separately — "We barely worked together," says Cuoco — the actress says she "always remembered" Knight's audition tape: "Just that minute when he looks in the camera and he says, 'Cassie, are you okay?' It just kills me every time."

To hear more from Cuoco — including what pieces of Cassie's fabulous wardrobe she took home, and what to expect from the show's move to Los Angeles — check out the full interview below.

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