Kaley Cuoco Shares How Her Approach to Parenthood Differs From Tom Pelphrey

Kaley Cuoco shared insight about her and partner Tom Pelphrey's first months of parenthood with daughter Matilda in an E! News exclusive interview: "Their relationship is different."

By Gabrielle Chung Oct 25, 2023 10:41 PMTags
Watch: Kaley Cuoco Talks Parenting With Tom Pelphrey

Kaley Cuoco is still unraveling the mysteries of being a mom.

As it turns out, the Big Bang Theory alum and her partner Tom Pelphrey have vastly different bonds with their 6 month-old Matilda. In fact, Kaley—who recently launched her pet care line Oh Norman!—told E! News' Francesca Amiker in an exclusive interview that their daughter is quickly becoming a daddy's girl.

"Any time Tom would talk," the 37-year-old explained, "she searches for his voice everywhere."

What's more, Matilda is bashful around the Ozark actor and acts like a "cutie" in front of him, according to Kaley.

"She'll get almost kind of shy," the actress explained. "Their relationship is different."

As for Kaley, she admittedly isn't handling parenthood with kid gloves. 

"Tom also laughs because he says that I pass that baby around like a sack of potatoes," she joked, "and that he still holds her like she can't hold her head up."

Kaley Cuoco's Pregnancy Photos

The Flight Attendant star added that Matilda "knows mom and dad are quite different in how they handle her."

As Kaley noted, "It works very well."


Instagram/Tom Pelphrey

However, the couple are both on the same page when it comes to passing down their love of dogs to their daughter. As someone who "thought I was going to be a forever dog owner" until Matilda came along, Kaley said that it's been a "dream" watching her child treat the family's pets with such love and compassion.

"My kid is so amazing, but being able to raise her around all of our animals in such a healthy way has been so special," she gushed. "It's been incredible."

Courtesy of Oh Norman!

And though Kaley's beloved pitbull mix Norman passed away two years before she became a mom, the Meet Cute star hopes that her new line of eco-friendly products for pups—which she named after her late pet—will serve as a link to Matilda and continue his legacy by donating a portion of its proceeds to other rescue dogs.

"He was so special," she said of Norman, who was also the namesake of her production company. "He was my best bud."

Kaley added, "A lot of people who love their pets have that one 'heart dog,' I call it. That one that's just that one, right? That many dogs you can have, but there's that one you just don't forget—and that will be Norman for the rest of my life."

Check out more of Kaley and Tom's photos with little Tildy:

Matilda's First Thanksgiving

Kaley Kuoco shared this pic of herself and Tom Pelphrey with their daughter Matilda, 7 months, as they celebrate their first Thanksgiving as a family of three (and prepare for Christmas).

Welcome to the World

Kaley cuddled her baby girl following her arrival on March 30, 2023.

And Baby Makes Three

"How it’s going!" the Big Bang Theory star wrote on Instagram shortly after Matilda's birth. "Cheers to a year with you @tommypelphrey, eternally grateful for you and what we have. I love you, bub!"

Happy Family

Tom captioned this smiley family photo with a quote from poet Rumi, reading, “Be with those who help your being.”

Must Love Dogs

The more, the merrier! Kaley and Tom were joined by their beloved dogs during this adorable cuddle session with Matilda.

Snuggle Squad

"Tildy and our dogs were instant besties," Kaley wrote on Instagram, "especially her and Opal, who is pretty much Tildy's shadow these days!"

All Smiles

Little Matilda flashed a sweet smile during playtime with mom.

Kisses for Dad

Kaley gave Tom a sweet smooch during a family day out.

Mirror, Mirror

Tildy was dressed to impress on her first Father's Day with dad Tom.

Sweet Smooches

Kaley shared a precious moment with her baby girl during some mother-daughter time.

Look of Love

"Matilda’s mom is the funniest, kindest, bravest and most beautiful badass mom," Tom captioned this photo of the duo, adding that their baby girl "is incredibly fortunate to be surrounded and loved by some of the most amazing, strong, independent women there are."

Like Mother, Like Daughter

Matilda proved she takes after Kaley in this silly selfie.

Daddy's Girl

Kaley captioned this father-daughter snap of Tom and Tildy: "You are so special to me and everyone who knows you… best partner , best son, best friend , best brother, best uncle , best dog daddy , best part time therapist , best part time nutritionist, best part time trainer , best smoothie maker , best coffee barista , best tuna sandwich maker , best laugh, best heart , and you’re best role to date …. Best daddy! We love you!!!"

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