Big Bang Theory actress Kayley Cuoco has been praised for ditching her “thick” New York accent to play the role of Harley Quinn.
Bosses for the DC Universe production, which features the star as the lead, have gushed she is “right for the part” because of her determination to bring a new take to the character.
Previous versions of the pigtail-ed character have spoken with a heavy New York accent, something which has become well associated with the role.
Co-showrunner Justin Halpern told Entertainment Weekly of Kayley’s drive for the change: “I can tell you one anecdote that really speaks to how good Kaley is and how right for this part she is and how much she thought about it: She doesn’t do the accent in the show.”
He added: “When we were first starting out, we were torn because it’s so iconic, it’s a huge part of the character.
“But we sat with Kaley and talked to her about it and she was like, ‘Look, I want to bring a different take to this.
“I don’t want to sound like I’m doing a bad version of someone else’s take on it.’
“Ultimately she felt like she could hit all of the notes better in the way she did it.
“We were uncertain, but we went with it because Kaley’s one of the nicest people you’ll meet; she’s just genuinely a nice, thoughtful person.
“She was like, ‘This is what I want to do.”
The adult animated series follows Harley’s quest to be Gotham’s top supervillain, and sees her team up with a whole host of DC Comics characters including Cat Woman, Penguin and Riddler.
Her character is set to embark in a lesbian plot line with Poison Ivy, confirmed for the next series.
The women are seen cuddling up to one another before holding hands as the trailer announces the second series will be ‘raunchier’ than ever.
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