Kaley Cuoco, award-winning star of The Big Bang Theory, is hot enough right now that she can do pretty much anything she wants.
And she wants to support A Voice for Lil Olive.
Director Pete Schuermann and executive producer Tom Young are thrilled to announce that Cuoco will host a segment of the 2017 documentary about Pam Horton and her inspiring rescue dog.
“From what Kaley has told us, it was Pam and her relationship with Lil Olive that brought Kaley to our film, and I couldn’t be more thrilled,” Schuermann says. “It tells me that audiences as well will identify with this special lil pup and her family.”
Cuoco has risen to the top of the Hollywood pack as Penny, the insightful, beautiful and socially adept member of The Big Bang Theory’s core cast. Part of the CBS show since it started in 2007, Cuoco has helped build it into one of TV Guide’s 60 Best Series of All Time and a true pop-culture juggernaut.
Single episodes of The Big Bang Theory have attracted more than 20 million viewers. Even as it goes into its 10th season — which starts next week — its popularity refuses to wane, as evidenced by its being named Favorite TV Show in this year’s People’s Choice Awards. (It also was named Favorite Network TV Comedy for the fourth year in a row.) Cuoco herself has earned multiple People’s Choice Awards as Favorite TV Comedy Actress, and even hosted the awards show in 2012 and 2013.
As she has become a household name, Cuoco has used her celebrity to help advance a number of animal-related causes. A supporter of the Humane Society of the United States, she has spoken out against the slaughter of seals and of horses. In fact, the Humane Society selected the avid horseback rider as its 2015 Humane Horseman of the Year.
Cuoco has also rallied for rescue dogs. Among other endeavors, she hosted last year’s All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration on FOX, an event that featured stars such as Scarlett Johansson, Paula Abdul and Cesar Millan. It’s a cause close to her heart, with rescue dogs having been part of her family for years.
With all that’s going on in her life and career, Schuermann and the rest of the film team are exceedingly thankful that Cuoco has found room for one more rescue dog, Lil Olive.
“This is the proverbial dream come true,” says Schuermann. “Not only is Kaley a kindred spirit who loves animals as we do, but she’s starring in what might be the most important segment of the film. Kaley will give the audience an overview of exactly what a puppy mill is — in no uncertain terms — and I’m excited to see the audience react to a beloved comic icon taking a serious tone.”
Copyright 2016 Shelter Island Films
A Voice for Lil Olive is a new documentary from award-winning filmmaker Pete Schuermann. The film explores the special bond between pets and their families, and how rescued dogs change lives. The film's mission is to make people aware of and to change attitudes about rescued pets through the telling of Lil Olive’s tale. In this way, she becomes the voice for so many dogs and animals in need.