Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting Does Not Consider Herself a Feminist: I Love Feeling Like a Housewife

The Big Bang Theory star and Redbook's February cover girl explains to the mag why being a little bit old-fashioned doesn't bother her

By Natalie Finn Dec 30, 2014 1:00 PMTags
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Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting is one of television's highest-paid female stars, but while she has burst through the glass ceiling as far as earning power goes, she doesn't mind reverting to more so-called traditional gender roles at home.

In fact, she loves taking care of her man—and she's not ashamed to admit it.

Asked if she considers herself a feminist, Redbook's February cover girl replied, "Is it bad if I say no?"

Presumably more than a few people on the Internet will have an answer for her, but let the actress explain.

"It's not really something I think about," Cuoco, who will celebrate one year of marriage to tennis player Ryan Sweeting on New Year's Eve, told the magazine. "Things are different now, and I know a lot of the work that paved the way for women happened before I was around... I was never that feminist girl demanding equality, but maybe that's because I've never really faced inequality.

"I cook for Ryan five nights a week: It makes me feel like a housewife; I love that. I know it sounds old-fashioned, but I like the idea of women taking care of their men. I'm so in control of my work that I like coming home and serving him. My mom was like that, so I think it kind of rubbed off."

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But at least the the marital bond seems to work both ways—Kaley thanked her "beautiful angel" of a husband for nursing her after she underwent sinus surgery last week, and the two couldn't look more in love.

And it's not only Sweeting whom Cuoco relishes taking care of, anyway.

"All I think about is what it means for my family…and knowing there is security for all of us," the 29-year-old actress said when asked about the reported $1 million-per-episode she's getting for The Big Bang Theory

"My parents spent 16 years hauling my butt to LA for audition after audition. Every day they were helping me learn my lines, dropping me off, waiting for me, picking me up, giving me pep talks when I didn't get the jobs, taking me to tennis and horseback riding lessons. I remember always hoping I could help take care of them because they took such good care of me.  Knowing I'll be able to just brings tears to my eyes."

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The candid star, who had to take to social media more than once to try to nip nose job rumors in the bud after her recent surgery, also reiterated how great she continues to feel about the breast implants she got in 2004.

"I had no boobs! And it really was the best thing ever!" she told Redbook. "I always felt ill-proportioned. My implants made me feel more confident in my body. It wasn't about trying to be a porn star or wanting to look hot and sexy."

She just wanted to feel better about herself—and that sounds like a woman who knows what she wants and isn't afraid to go after it to us.

The February issue of Redbook is on newsstands Jan. 6.