At a low point in her life, Leah Remini almost passed on the classic role as Carrie Heffernan.
‘King of Queens’ starred Remini and Kevin James in the lead roles of a working-class couple Doug and Carrie Heffernan and premiered in 1998. A family-sitcom similar to ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’, the show focused on the lives of this married couple which turns topsy-turvy when Carrie’s father, Arthur Spooner, decides to move in after he loses his house in a fire accident. In its time, ‘King of Queens’ regularly drew more than 10 million viewers in its first eight years, before it was cancelled in its ninth season following James’ decision to leave the show.
- At a low
- How the show worked for the actress
However, a little known fact is that Leah Remini, who is now best-known for the show, actually passed on ‘King of Queens’ in the very beginning. Let’s find out why!
At a low
Considering how well the show turned out to be and how much a fan-favourite Remini became, it is kind of ironic that the actress was initially against doing the show. When her agent was contacted to propose that Remini play the part of Carrie, she expressed reluctance because of what she was going through at the time in her life.
As she reveals in her autobiography “Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology”, she was so depressed about her previous failures that she didn’t want to take a meeting discussing the part. She agreed to discuss the role after Les Moonves, the executive at CBS on which the show eventually aired, called her agent to ask who Leah Remini thought she was.
How the show worked for the actress
Remini was fully sold on the show after she had her first meeting with James, who was going to play the part of her husband on the show.
She says that because of the hardships she had been through, she always thought she wouldn’t be called in to work again and that every job she had would be her last. “That feeling followed me to ‘King of Queens’”, she says.
But that feeling, in a sense, worked for the actress, in making her work even harder at her role and making every episode of the now-classic sitcom count. And success did follow Leah Remini at the heels of ‘King of Queens‘. She was a co-host on the show ‘The Talk’, came on ‘The Exes’, and then starred again alongside James on the sitcom ‘Kevin Can Wait’.
She even wrote a book and created a documentary on Scientology that ended up winning an Emmy. In more recent news, the actress struck up a deal with the content studio Critical Content to work on a series of docu-series and shows.