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Kunal Nayyar, who plays a nerdy scientist so afraid of women that he can't even speak around them in the popular television show The Big Bang Theory, owes his role to an intriguing play about sex and identity that caught the attention of
He played an Indian engineering student in Huck and Holden, attending college in
In one interesting scene of miscommunication, he goes to a library to track down a seemingly elusive book with the name Huck and Holden -- which, he discovers, is actually the title of his school assignment.
Nayyar has been intrigued by theatre and films from his childhood in
'Ever seen Cotton Candy?' one of the characters asks in the play. 'The wheel turns and then suddenly from nowhere strand after strand merges to become this delicate white... you bring it to your lips and it melts away into nothingness, leaving you with its sweetness. That's what love is like. It comes from nowhere, unannounced... You can't make it happen. And it doesn't remain... It's all in a moment and I couldn't bear to let that moment pass.'
Nayyar, too, could not let the moments pass as he kept focused on writing and acting while pursuing a 'safer' profession, he says.
Nayyar, who moved to
When he was invited to the American College Theatre Festival, his acting ambitions took a firm hold of him. He won the Mark Twain Award for comic brilliance as well as a fellowship to the prestigious Sundance Theatre Lab at ACT. He then pursued his education at
The Big Bang Theory is his first as a regular on a television series, following small guest appearances on NCIS. He is currently writing his first feature film.
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