Though I don't ordinarily publish interviews that I've not done myself, I've made an exception for this handsome bloke.
The Big Bang Theory star Kunal Nayyar sat down to discuss how he left home at 18 to persue his acting dreams in the US. Shot exclusively for British Airways, I couldn't deny my readers the chance to hear what he has to say.
After all, it all started with a Big Bang!
35-year- old Nayyar is famed for making people laugh but the video reveals a more vulnerable side of the actor who shares how he and his family were in tears on the phone after he landed the life-changing role of Raj or Rajesh Koothrappali in the hit US sit-com.
"My parents really inspired me to leave home. I think they found it was very good for me to grow as a human being. And I wasn't scared as much as I was excited, to be honest. I was 18 and I was going to a new country."
With The Big Bang Theory, "It took six weeks for me to find out I had got that role. So they were present throughout those six weeks every day when I was calling them freaking out. I woke them up at 3:30 in the morning. Of course, the first thing your parents do when you call them in a different country is like, "Are you ok? Are you safe - why are you calling us at this time?"
"I was like, 'Ya, ya - I'm great;' and I am just weeping, just crying, because this meant so much to me to be this kid from New Delhi, India, who made it onto the big screen."
Kunal now regularly flies for work and believes air travel has changed the world for the better, giving people a chance to pursue their dreams and grow their businesses. Being a frequent traveller now, he explains, "All the time I meet people while I'm travelling and flying that inspire characters. I once met an elderly Indian gentleman on a plane who spoke in half-sentences.That was something I later used for Raj."
Watch the full interview by copying this link in a new window: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pC8516PwDws&feature=youtu.be