What makes one of TV’s biggest stars sweat? A meet-and-greet with the Queen.
Big Bang Theory star Kunal Nayyar visited Buckingham Palace in February for a reception to celebrate the start of 2017’s UK-India Year of Culture, where he hobnobbed with event hosts Princess Kate, Prince William and Queen Elizabeth herself.
And even though he’s been starring on the biggest hit in comedic television for 10 years, a meeting with the British monarch made Nayyar nervous. He recounted the experience to Ellen DeGeneres on a visit to her show, telling the host that he was a nervous wreck the entire time.
“We went to London to meet the Queen, and I was playing it off as ‘whatever,’ but I was actually very nervous inside,” Nayyar admitted. “As soon as she enters, I begin to have the worst panic attack of my life. I start thinking, ‘Oh, there’s the Queen. I’m going to faint. Why am I going to faint? I’ve never fainted in my life.'”
He also gave some serious Buckingham Palace scoop: That famous front, the one in every photograph of the palace, is actually just a facade.
“The front of the palace — I don’t know if I’m allowed to say it — is actually a facade, because you drive through that facade and then there’s another courtyard and then the actual entrance.”
He then said that his interaction with the Queen was about “six seconds” long. She told him that it was “nice to see you again,” leading Nayyar to believe that the 91-year-old monarch had confused him for someone else, as they’d never met before.
“I was like, ‘Okay, but I’m not Dev Patel,'” he joked.
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The Queen wasn’t the only royal that Nayyar met at the event — he also had the chance to chat with Prince William and Princess Kate, who gave his wife, Neha Kapur, a sweet compliment.
“Princess Kate told my wife that she’s beautiful,” he said. “But she didn’t say anything to me.”
Nayyar said he was so nervous, that afterwards, he went home, took off all his clothes and ate Indian food.
An appropriate response to a night spent with the royal family.