Sara Gilbert has become a strong woman with a successful career. But earlier in her acting life, she was just a teen whose crush on a cast mate made her realize something important about herself.
Johnny Galecki has a record of dating his co-stars (including Big Bang Theory co-star Kaley Cuoco). And a long time ago, he dated another co-star, Sara Gilbert. While Gilbert and Galecki have worked together on the Big Bang Theory, they’ve known each other for much longer.
The two actors starred as a couple on Roseanne back in the early to mid ’90s as well.
Gilbert revealed on The Talk that it was while she was dating him that she realized she was gay.
“I thought he was super-cute and I had a total crush on him,” Gilbert said of Galecki. “And we started dating and he would come over and we would, like, make out, and then I would start to get depressed.”
While the revelation may have seemed like a slap in the face to many guys, Gilbert said Galecki was the one who helped her deal with it.
“It’s a process, and there can be a part of you that doesn’t want to feel different or feel scared,” Gilbert remembered. “I want people to know there can still be a struggle with it, and that’s OK.”
After the actress came to her realization, she eventually told Galecki that she “thought it was about my sexuality,’ and he was super-sweet about it,” she said. The two eventually became good friends.
After her struggle with her sexuality, Gilbert admitted she became worried it might affect her career.
“I started dating a woman who was like 18 years older than I was, who was also in the public eye,” she explained. “It was something people could have found out about. Like no one knew at the show for years, and Johnny held the secret the whole time. And I always felt so scared. If it came out, what could happen? Could I lose my career? Will I ever be able to play a straight role again?”
But her career has worked out well, and her revelation that she was gay didn’t set her back at all. She revealed her secret about Galecki on Secrets Week of her show The Talk. Co-hosts Julie Chen revealed her plastic surgery secret and Sharon Osbourne revealed a past affair this week.
Before revealing her news, Gilbert made sure to call Galecki and get his permission to talk about the secret that involved him a long time ago.
“‘The story sort of starts with you. And I’ve got to say I made out with you and got depressed, which is kind of a bummer,'” she said. “[He said], ‘Of course. I love you, and I think it’s really important. And I’m so proud of you. If you want, I will be there, and I will hold your hand.’ It was so sweet, and this story really makes Johnny look good.”
Gilbert and fiancée Linda Perry have been engaged since early 2013.