PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - MAY 01: Melissa Rauch attends the series finale party for CBS' "The Big Bang Theory"  at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on May 01, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
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Rauch Reveals
Inspiration For
Melissa Rauch will always be known as Bernadette Rostenkowski, the pint-sized, energetic, high-pitched-speaking love interest of aerospace engineer Howard Wolowitz on CBS' "The Big Bang Theory." However, what some fans might not realize is that, in real life, Rauch doesn't have such a squeaky voice, and her character’s unique tone is proof of Raunch’s vast vocal abilities.
Rauch put a lot of thought into how the microbiologist should speak, and she drew inspiration from her own mom to create Bernadette's signature squeak. In an interview on "The Rubin Report," Rauch revealed that, "Bernadette's high-pitched voice is very similar to my mother's, except without the Jersey accent."
Audiences of "The Big Bang Theory" have become so accustomed to hearing Rauch speak as Bernadette that they're surprised when they meet her in person — a testament to her talents not only as an on-screen star but as a voice actress. Some fans even dismiss Rauch as not being the sitcom star because her real voice sounds so different.