Cuoco, Rhea will be 'Fat' actresses


Kaley Cuoco and Caroline Rhea are set to star in "Fat Like Me," an original movie for Lifetime.

Inspired by the true story of New York teen Ali Schmidt, who went undercover for a 2003 network news special on obesity, the film tells the story of an attractive, athletic high school junior (Cuoco) who experiences firsthand the prejudice and heartbreak overweight teens face when she dons a fat suit as part of a documentary film project.

Rhea, host of "The Biggest Loser," co-stars as the girl's mother.

"This story speaks from a young person's point of view about the unconscious judgments we make about appearances, even towards our own family members," Lifetime vp original movies Libby Beers said. "With their touches of humor and vulnerability, Kaley and Caroline are perfect portraying this sensitive connection between girls and their mothers on this highly charged topic."

"Fat" was written by Michelle Lovretta ("Instant Star"), with Doug Barr (Lifetime's "For the Love of a Child") on board to direct.

Allan Krasnick, Michael Jacobs Jr. and Michael Givens are executive producing for Ardmore Prods., and Alexander/Enright and Associates' Paul Rayman and Michael Shepard are producing.

Filming has begun in Victoria, British Columbia, for a January premiere.

Cuoco is best known for her role as Bridget on the ABC sitcom "8 Simple Rules." She recently co-starred on WB Network's "Charmed" and played one of the leads in ABC's untitled sisters comedy pilot this past development season.

Cuoco is repped by Ro Diamond and Susie Schwarz at SDB Partners, Brillstein-Grey Entertainment and attorney Craig Jacobson.

Rhea next toplines one of Bravo's "Funny Girls" series of stand-up comedy specials. She is repped by Innovative Artists.