7 Reasons Why Kaley Cuoco Could Become The Next Jennifer Aniston

They’ve gone from being relatively unknown actresses to two of the sexiest and highest paid comedy stars on US television, even though their careers have been twenty years apart. And is it us, or is Kaley Cuoco actually starting to morph into Jennifer Aniston?

This week, her Cosmopolitan magazine cover raised eyebrows not for the sultry pose, but over her uncanny resemblance to the Friends star. Uncanny coincidence or intentional ploy to make her America’s next Sweetheart?

Shooting to fame: Both are blonde, cute, funny, likeable girls-next-door known for playing, well, blonde, cute and funny girls-next door! Jen shot to fame as Rachel in Friends in ’94, while Kaley got her name on the sitcom map thirteen years later as Penny in The Big Bang Theory. And while we may not be quoting Sheldon or Leonard in 20 years time, it’s definitely on course to being as big a cult classic as Friends.

Before the spotlight shone: Kaley starred in teen sitcom 8 Simple Rules and Charmed before landing what was to be her big break in Big Bang Theory. Jen too starred in a couple of sitcoms, notably the TV version of the film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off before Friends came along and changed her life. Jennifer also starred in some questionable films in her early days (Leprechaun anyone?) while Kaley also had roles in some forgettable ones too. Funnily enough, the pair have actually shared screen time when Kaley starred opposite Jen in Picture Perfect aged just ten

Projects since: Since she and her Friends bid farewell in 2004, Jennifer has become the rom-com queen and has barely been out of work since. Kaley is still going strong with Big Bang and has yet been offered any mainstream movies, but it’s still early days for her.

Fame and men: After Friends shoved her into the spotlight, Jennifer became just as well-known for the men she was dating as she was for being Rachel – and starting an international trend with THAT haircut. Especially when she married Brad Pitt and her sought-after status rocketed. Kaley dated her BBT co-star Johnny Galecki for two years and Jennifer has also been linked to some of her leading men. Kaley’s now happily-married to tennis player Ryan Sweeting but before they met, she had a short romance with Henry Cavill and admitted this week that no one knew who she was until she dated “Superman”, which definitely brought her lots of attention.

Kaley’s celebrity status rocketed when she dated Superman star Henry Cavill, as did Jen’s when she dated and then married Brad Pitt (FameFlyNet/WENN)

Looks: We all remember Jennifer Aniston as being quite round-faced and curvy when her Friends days began, but over the years, the yoga-loving star has slimmed down and toned up. Having straightened her naturally-kinked hair, she then lobbed it all off in favour of a sexy bob – a very similar transformation we’ve recently seen in Kaley! And as for this month’s magazine cover, well – it’s so uncanny it made us look twice!

The future: Jennifer is now a fully-established A-lister with the whole world knowing her name, but what lies ahead for Kaley? A number of rom-coms under her belt and her spotlight focusing mainly on a string of failed romances? Will her Big Bang bubble burst or will she reach VVIP status and gain a mantlepiece of gold statuettes?

Only the next 20 years will tell…