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‘The Flight Attendant’ star Kaley Cuoco: ‘I’ve loved being scared’

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LOS ANGELES, Nov. 23 (UPI) — Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco, known for her comedic roles, said she has enjoyed taking on a darker role in the new HBO Max thriller series The Flight Attendant, in which she stars and serves as executive producer.

“I’ve loved being scared,” Cuoco said on a recent Television Critics Association panel. “It’s been completely new and different.”

Cuoco portrays Cassie, an airline flight attendant who becomes caught up in a murder. She has a fling with one of her passengers, Alex (Michiel Huisman), on an overnight layover, and wakes up with his dead body.

She has little memory of her night with Alex, as she has a history of blackouts from drinking. She doesn’t think she killed Alex, but she’s trying to piece together the evening without incriminating herself.

In a panic, she leaves evidence that she tampered with the crime scene. Cassie then lives in fear of either being caught by police or pursued by the real killers.

The 34-year-old said The Flight Attendant has some humor mixed with its intense situations. For example, Alex continues to appear to Cassie as a figment of her imagination, helping her recall events of their night together.

“The tone has been a fascinating challenge,” Cuoco said. “We really have ridden a fine line because dark stuff happens, but there is levity.”

The character already had been on shaky footing before she became embroiled in a death — she drank heavily and often showed up late for work. Cuoco says she has been able to bring her comedic instincts to some of Cassie’s more bumbling moments.

“I just love the art of making someone laugh, and not taking yourself too seriously,” Cuoco said.

Creator and executive producer Steve Yockey adapted Chris Bohjalian’s 2018 book of the same name for television. Cuoco says Yockey and the writers got to know her sense of humor and added it to subsequent scripts.

“Our creative team, who really got to learn my voice, put those Kaley-isms in [the scripts].”

As an executive producer, Cuoco helped to obtain the rights to Bohjalian’s book.

Cuoco said she has been looking at books over the past few years to produce but nothing excited her. But, she said, The Flight Attendant‘s synopsis on Amazon sold her on the book before she read it. After she read it, she won the rights in a bidding war. She brought the property to Warner Bros., the studio that produced The Big Bang Theory and the animated Harley Quinn series for which Cuoco provides a voice.

Warner Bros. connected Cuoco with Yockey. The studio also added veteran Warner Bros. Television producers Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter to The Flight Attendant. Casting the supporting characters also helped balance the darkly comedic tone, Cuoco said.

“We have so many funny actors that can make those quirky moments be a little lighter,” Cuoco said

Cassie’s team of flight attendants includes Megan (Rosie Perez), Van (Nolan Gerard Funk) and Shane (Griffin Matthews). Cuoco said she begged Perez to play the role. Perez said she got along better with Cuoco in real life than their characters do.

“Megan just doesn’t have too much of a life outside of the plane,” Perez said. “So she tolerates Cassie because she clings onto her friendship. That sounds so pathetic and sad, but it’s true.”

Cuoco said once The Flight Attendant received a green light, she started to study flight attendants whenever she traveled. Viewers will see some of the subtle mannerisms Cuoco learned from observation.

“You start seeing what they’re doing when they’re making the drinks and how they talk to each other and how they react to passengers,” Cuoco said. “They take their heels off and they put their comfy shoes on.”

The first season of The Flight Attendant promises to resolve the mystery of Alex’s death. Yockey and Cuoco both have ideas for a next season should The Flight Attendant be renewed.

“Oh, we have plans for another season,” Cuoco assured.

The Flight Attendant premieres Thursday on HBO Max.



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Watch: Justin Bieber wants ‘tribe’ of kids with Hailey Baldwin

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Dec. 1 (UPI) — Justin Bieber hopes to have “a little tribe” of kids with his wife, Hailey Baldwin.

The 26-year-old singer discussed his plans to have children with Baldwin, 24, during Tuesday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Bieber said he wants to have as many kids as possible with Baldwin, a model.

“I’m going to have as many as Hailey is wishing to push out,” the star said. “I’d love to have myself a little tribe, but yeah, it’s her body and whatever she wants to do.”

“I think she wants to have a few, at least two or three,” he added.

Bieber said he and Baldwin are waiting to have children until Baldwin accomplishes more of her goals.

“There’s not really an issue, but I think Hailey still has some things she wants to accomplish as a woman,” he said. “I think she’s just not ready yet, and I think that’s okay.”

Bieber also discussed the road trip he and Baldwin took during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We definitely enjoyed ourselves. Got to travel across North America. We went all the way home to Canada on the bus,” he said. “It was a good time.”

During the trip, Bieber had a scary experience where his jet ski broke and the boat sent to retrieve him also broke down. Bieber had to swim to safety in freezing cold water.

“It was dangerous,” he said.

Bieber and Baldwin married in September 2018 and had a second wedding with family and friends in October 2019. The couple danced together in Baldwin’s first TikTok video in March.

Bieber released the song “Monster” with Shawn Mendes in November.



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Look: Gigi Hadid, Zayn Malik share moment in throwback pregnancy photos

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Dec. 1 (UPI) — Celebrity couple Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik share a sweet moment in throwback photos from Hadid’s pregnancy.

The 25-year-old model posted unseen pictures from her pregnancy Monday on Instagram.

The photos show a pregnant Hadid posing outside in a formfitting dress. One of the pictures shows Malik, 27, resting his head on Hadid’s baby bump.

Hadid and Malik welcomed their first child, a baby girl, in September.

“Our girl joined us earth-side this weekend and she’s already changed our world. So in love,” Hadid said on Instagram at the time.

“To try to put into words how i am feeling right now would be an impossible task,” Malik added on Twitter. “The love i feel for this tiny human is beyond my understanding. Grateful to know her, proud to call her mine, & thankful for the life we will have together.”

Hadid called her daughter her “bestie” in an Instagram post last week. She later gave a glimpse of her baby girl’s head in a new photo. Hadid and Malik’s daughter has blonde hair.

Hadid had confirmed her pregnancy on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon in May after reports surfaced.

“Obviously, you know, we wish we could have announced it on our own terms, but we’re very excited and happy and grateful for everyone’s well-wishes and support,” she said.

Hadid and Malik have had an on-again, off-again relationship since 2015. Hadid is known for her modeling work with Guess and Victoria’s Secret, while Malik is a singer and a former member of One Direction.



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Awkwafina, Rashida Jones to be honored at 2020 Muse Awards

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Dec. 1 (UPI) — Awkwafina, Rashida Jones, Rachel Brosnahan and more are set to be honored at the 2020 Muse Awards, presented by New York Women in Film and Television.

The 41st annual ceremony will take place virtually on Dec. 17 at 1 p.m. EST. New York Women in Film and Television are offering tickets to watch the event with viewers allowed to pay what they can.

The Muse Awards honors women in front of and behind the camera across film, television, music and digital media.

Awkwafina will be receiving the Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment Made in N.Y. Award. Director, writer and producer Gina Prince-Bythewood will receive the Nancy Malone Directing Award, while actress Ali Stroker will receive the Loreen Arbus Changemaker Award.

Journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey and President of Orion Pictures Alana Mayo will also be honored at the event along with Jones and Brosnahan.



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