“I think I first rode a small pony when I was a little girl,” says Kaley. “My parents were just normal people without a show business or movie background and they made sure that they demonstrated love and care and took an interest in all kinds of things, all of them pretty normal. There were no real show business connections to my roots that I am aware of.
“I had a passion for horses, dogs, cats and just about anything with fur or feathers, but especially horses. I also had a passion for tennis and being outdoors, doing things. I don’t think any of that has ever changed. I guess I am still just a girl at heart.”
In fact, Kaley is not just a casual rider, she really does love her horses and the whole equestrian experience from grooming to jumping. “I’m an equestrian in every sense of the word,” she says. “I just love horses and being with them. As I said, I rode when I was a little girl, but I think I started taking it seriously when I was about 16 and I have been passionate about the whole equestrian world ever since.”
Of course, Kaley became famous as part of The Big Bang Theory team and every day there is a sack of fan mail which she tries her best to answer. “It was fantastic to be in the show and especially for so many series,” Kaley reveals. “It was fun to make and the team was just brilliant. We were good friends and loved going to work each day. We still are good friends and meet up occasionally, especially at fan events. I don’t think any of us realised how big it had become until we went to one of those events and found thousands of fans there. It was quite overwhelming.
“If I see an episode it makes me laugh in two ways – the script was funny but also it reminds me of the things that went wrong or the ad libs that made us all laugh at the time. It was quite hard work but because we all shared the whole experience it was so good.
“Nevertheless, you need a break from work and I always ran to my horses. I just loved being with them and would spend ages grooming or just going for a hack. I still do, of course, and I think I must have a competitive streak because I love show jumping at all levels. I am a big supporter of most equestrian sports.