The “Flight Attendant” star said in a new interview with Variety that she was left struggling to walk and even staged an intervention on herself following her separation from her second husband, equestrian Karl Cook, last year.
“Going through my divorce, it was really a super dark time,” Cuoco told the magazine. “I just didn’t know how to deal with it. I was throwing myself into work to deny my depression, and how upset I was.”
Cuoco was dealing with the end of her marriage, while playing a character on “The Flight Attendant” who was facing obstacles of her own. Those two factors led to the actor admittedly going through “one of the hardest years of my life” and added, “I was really losing my mind.”
“It was the first time that I started therapy — I’ve been very open about that,” Cuoco said, adding that she started just as she began filming season two of the HBO Max hit.
Cuoco attends the 18th Annual Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards on June 2 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo: David Livingston via Getty Images)
“It was horrible. And I developed a stress rash that ran all the way down my body for three straight months that wouldn’t go away,” she said. “I literally, like, had fire on my leg for three months. I could barely walk.”
The difficult period led to a new chapter of transparency for Cuoco.
“I think for the first time, I wanted people to know that things just aren’t always what they seem,” she said. “And things aren’t always so perfect.”
“One month in, I had an intervention on myself in my trailer — all my producers were in there. And I said, ‘I need help,’” Cuoco explained. “It was interesting to say that out loud. And to have everyone be like, ‘Yes, we want to help!’ I’m a working woman, and so independent, and I really take pride in being able to do everything. Well, this time, I literally couldn’t.”
Cuoco split from Cook in September 2021, after three years of marriage. Before Cook, she was previously married to tennis pro Ryan Sweeting.
“I would love to have a long-lasting relationship or a partnership. But I will never get married again,” Cuoco said in a candid interview with Glamour in April. “But I believe in love because I’ve had incredible relationships. I know that they’re out there.”
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.