Kunal Nayyar: “The Big Bang Theory”
Ellen was joined by The Big Bang Theory star Kunal Nayyar, and it was their first time meeting. Kunal portrays brilliant astrophysicist Raj Koothrappali on the hit show, currently in its sixth season on CBS. Ellen was shocked that the two haven’t met before, considering their shows shoot only twenty stages away from each other. However, according to Kunal, “sometimes it’s a long walk.”
Ellen: Kunal Nayyar From New Delhi, India
When Ellen joked, “I detect an accent,” Kunal replied, “It’s from Oklahoma.” Kunal (who has a heavy Indian accent) explained that he was born in London but raised in New Delhi, India. He has lived in the United States for 12 years, and first began acting in Portland, Oregon, where he first auditioned for a play.
Kunal Nayyar: Badminton Partner with Ellen?
Kunal said that he had a hard time fitting in when he first came to the U.S. He listened to different music than everyone else, and he also dressed differently. He grew up playing badminton, so he often wore “tiny shorts.”
Ellen likes badminton, too, and Kunal said that he’s currently looking for a partner. But when she heard about the tiny shorts, Ellen changed her mind.
Kunal Nayyar: Six Day Indian Wedding
Kunal’s wife is also Indian, and their recent wedding was a very traditional affair that lasted six days. Indian weddings can last up to a week, but Kunal joked that they ran out of money. Each day features a different event, such as the Henna festival, the ceremony, and the reception.
Kunal’s elaborate wedding featured 1,000 guests. He wishes that he could go back in time and attend his own wedding again, but this time as a guest.
Kunal Nayyar: Wife Miss India 2006
Kunal’s new wife, Neha Kapur, was Miss India 2006. She just recently moved to the United States after their wedding, and is doing her best to adapt to life in America. “If you ever see someone driving on the wrong side of the road, it’s probably my wife,” Kunal warned the audience. Hear all about Kunal’s wedding and more below.
You can see Kunal Nayyar on The Big Bang Theory, which airs Thursday nights on CBS.