The Big Bang Theory: The actress who played two characters in the same series


The Big Bang Theory is not only one of the most popular TV shows, but it is also full of hilarious moments that fans love. The main characters of the show are all geniuses who are also giant geeks, and the show’s producers have really embraced nerd culture to make sense of the series.

The sitcom that followed a group of scientific friends who were characterized by their high IQs and who also included their neighbor Penny in their circle, came to an end almost three years ago after twelve long seasons on the air through the CBS broadcast network. In addition to the central characters of the stories, many more have appeared in the series over the years. Among so many guests and recurring, most of them are surely remembered by fans of the comedy created by Chuck Lorre, but there is one that is truly unforgettable, especially since it was played by two different actresses.

In any television series, it is common to see a performer playing one or two different characters in different stories, as happened in the CBS series on a couple of occasions. But maybe fans will remember, that in The Big Bang Theory to play the mother of one of the main characters, two actresses took turns taking the role.

It turns out that Amy Farrah Fowler’s mother was first played by actress Annie O’Donnell in Season 4, Episode 5 of the sitcom. Later, the role of the mother of Sheldon Cooper’s love interest was taken by the renowned actress Kathy Bates, in episode 24 of the penultimate installment of the program.

And it is that surely the faithful fans of The Big Bang Theory noticed this detail, and therefore they must have asked themselves the reason why Amy’s mother had two interpreters in seasons 4 and 11. The reason for this was explained by the comedy’s showrunner Steve Holland, during a question and answer session via TVLine.

Steve Holland put it simply on why Kathy Bates replaced Annie O’Donnell on The Big Bang Theory as Amy’s mother. He explains that The Big Bang Theory co-creator Chuck Lorre previously worked with Kathy Bates on Disjointed, a Netflix series, and that’s why he offered him her role.

“When we met Amy’s mom in season 4, it was before Amy became a big problem on the show. It was a little scene on Skype. Annie did a wonderful job. But when we had the opportunity to bring her character back in a role that she could eventually return to, we decided to change the actress.”