Cookies help us deliver our Services. By using our Services, you agree to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Why Rebecca From The Big Bang Theory Looks So Familiar

Audiences who watched "The Big Bang Theory" from its start to its conclusion recall a wide collection of guest stars and fun characters along the way, such as boyfriends, girlfriends, and new coworkers. Rebecca might be a memorable character for some. She arrived in Season 10, Episode 21, "The Separation Agitation," as the girlfriend of Bert Kibbler (Brian Posehn). Rebecca and Bert share a nice meal with the group, who are all very friendly, and ask how the couple met.

"It's a cute story. We met on a dating site," Rebecca says. Sheldon (Jim Parsons) wonders how Bert could land someone that attractive, to the disappointment of his girlfriend Amy (Mayim Bialik), who dismisses him for a time-out for every offensive comment. It isn't until Bert reveals he vamped his dating profile, telling potential matches that he won the monetary grant of the $500,000 MacArthur Fellowship, that the crew becomes suspicious. Bert breaks up with her after Amy reminds him that relationships shouldn't be built on money and then buys her a jet ski to get her back.

Actress April Bowlby portrayed Rebecca and has held many roles before and since her time on "The Big Bang Theory." Here's where you may remember her and continue to find her.

Alan's second ex-wife Kandi on Two and a Half Men

One of April Bowlby's more prominent roles was on the CBS television show "Two and a Half Men," where she appeared in 17 episodes as Kandi (per IMDb).

The show follows the story of Alan Harper (Jon Cryer) and his young son Jake (Angus T. Jones). Trying to work through a divorce from his wife Judith (Marin Hinkle), Alan moves in with his older brother Charlie (Charlie Sheen), with his son visiting on the weekends. Throughout the seasons, the men become a support system for each other as Jake grows up, Alan navigates life after divorce, and Charlie continues to enjoy a playboy lifestyle.

Though Alan has a sad period after his divorce, he eventually finds solace in multiple partners, one of them being Kandi. The latter joins the show in its third season and previously dated Charlie. Though Kandi is not the brightest soul around, she is still beautiful and kind, which results in her and Alan getting married. The couple's marriage is short-lived due to many problems, though the main one is a disagreement about having children. While Kandi wants them, Alan doesn't, which splits them apart for a time, although Alan changes his mind later.

Their relationship is messy. Once Alan is finally done with Kandi, she ends up spending a night with Alan's partner, Lyndsey (Courtney Thorne-Smith). April Bowlby's take on the goofy and sensual Kandi was a standout performance that helped the actress elevate her career to a new level.

She was the supportive best friend and roommate Stacy Barrett on Drop Dead Diva

In 2009, for over 70 episodes, April Bowlby joined the TV show "Drop Dead Diva," which follows a shallow model Deb (Brooke D'Orsay), who is killed in a car accident. At Heaven's Gate, Deb is denied entry because she's what her guardian angel Fred (Ben Feldman) calls a 'zero.' Since Deb did zero good deeds and zero bad deeds, she will be stuck living outside the pearly gates. While Fred is distracted, she presses a "return" key button, which resurrects her into a new body, the body of the recently deceased lawyer Jane Bingum (Brooke Elliot).

When you come back from the dead and are stuck in a new body, it would help to have a best friend there to support you in this drastically new life. Luckily, the Deb-Jane combo can find Stacy (Bowlby) and tell her what's happening. Though initially skeptical, Stacy believes her friend and helps her bounce back.

In a 2010 interview with SheKnows, Bowlby dished about her character's role. "It's really nice, I like being the cheerleader. I like supporting the story and helping it grow in a lovely, kind way for the most part." Bowlby also shared that the unique storyline of body-switching drew her in because it was so different.

A character in a reimagined black comedy classic

In 2018, April Bowlby lent her talent to the television revival of "Heathers." The original film was released in 1988 and starred Winona Ryder and Christian Slater. While the series was just as gory, slightly more so than the movie (more time in a television series after all), the modern-day twist had a few differences that made it feel fresh.

Veronica Sawyer (Grace Victoria Cox) is still friends with the Heathers: Heather Chandler (Melanie Field), Heather Duke (Brendan Scannell), and Heather McNamara (Jasmine Matthews) and in the first episode is growing tired of them, as Veronica did back in the original film. With new student JD (James Scully), they team up to thwart Heather Chandler's promise to ruin Veronica's social life by taking a picture of her wearing a Nazi hat for her Instagram. Heather finds out and JD gives her a pill intending to kill her, similar to the liquid drainer in the film, however, Heather Chandler survives and blackmails them, becoming more popular than before. 

April Bowlby arrives in the series as Teyna for only two episodes. She plays the girlfriend of JD's father Big Bud Dean (Jamie Kaler) that JD takes to poorly, but at least the worst he does is make some rude comments to her.

Titans and Doom Patrol

In 2018, Bowlby joined the DC Universe with a single appearance in "Titans." The following year, she began starring in "Doom Patrol" as Rita Farr, a Hollywood starlet and actress turned superhero. After being exposed to a toxic underwater gas by Niles Caulder (Timothy Dalton), Farr takes up the alter ego "Elasti-Girl." Rita Farr sometimes struggles; while she has flexible abilities, it's difficult for her body to remain in a solid form. Rita was also born in the 1920s. As an immortal after gaining her powers, she sometimes feels out of place among the rest of her team.

While Bowlby's character had a short stint in "Titans," Rita Farr is one of the main characters in the series "Doom Patrol," a "Titans" spinoff set in the same universe. Farr joins Jane (Diane Guerrero), Vic Stone (Joivan Wade), Larry Trainor (Matt Bomer), Cliff Steele (Brendan Fraser), and Chief (Timothy Dalton). Now in its fourth season, Rita remains a core member of "Doom Patrol" throughout the series, even having served as the team's leader after the Chief's passing.

Though audiences might remember April Bowlby from her appearance on "The Big Bang Theory" or her portrayal of Kandi on "Two and a Half Men," she has shown great versatility in the range of fun and exciting roles she's had throughout her career.