The Talk’s Sara Gilbert reveals struggles with sexuality, support from Johnny Galecki

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Former Roseanne star Sara Gilbert revealed on The Talk that she still struggles with her sexuality, despite being openly gay for three years.

“When I talk about my sexuality on the show or in public, I still feel really scared,” Sara said for her day of Secrets Week. “I’ll try to act confident or I’ll make jokes about it, but there’s still a piece of me that goes ‘Well, what is this costing me in my career?'”

Before coming out in 2010, Sara didn’t discuss her relationship with TV producer Allison Adler — even though the women were together for more than 10 years and had two children. One year after revealing her sexuality, Sara and Allison separated. Sara began dating singer Linda Perry shortly after and they got engaged last April.

Sara Gilbert Fiance

Even though she had been public with her sexuality for a few years by that point, Sara admitted her engagement excitement was still tempered by career concerns.

“Even when I got engaged, there’s a piece of me that’s like ‘oh, wow, I’ve got to say this now to everybody,'” Sara said.

Still, she decided to open up about her feelings on The Talk to demonstrate a point.

“I want to live a true life and beyond that I just want people to know, like, we do often say things like ‘it gets better.’ And it does get better… I have an amazing life. But, I want people to know there can still be a struggle with it and that’s ok… It really is like a process.”

While sharing her story, Sara also revealed a little bit more about her friendship with former Roseanne co-star Johnny Galecki. (He now stars in The Big Bang Theory and Sara regularly appears on the show.)

Sara Gilbert and Johnny Galecki

“When I was a teenager, I dated Johnny Galecki for a while,” Sara said. “We would, like, make out and then I would start to get depressed… I eventually told him that I thought it was about my sexuality… He was super sweet about it.”

Even though Johnny has been understanding and supportive ever since, Sara said she still worried about involving him in the story she planned to tell on The Talk. Not only did Johnny say he fine with her telling the make-out story (including the part about her getting depressed), but he offered to hold her hand through the scene. So sweet!

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  • windowsyl39

    Dear Sara. It’s sad that someone as nice and as talented as you has to worry about what someone might think. Screw them, you’re a very talented young women, my favorite one in Roseanne was Darlene. My one question to you is twice stars from Big Bang have been on The Talk, and neither you or they ever mentioned the fact that you’ve been on the show. I love when Leslie Winkle says, Hello Dumb Ass to Sheldon. I miss Leslie.:>)

    • Eef

      Johnny talked about it on one of the episodes he was on. He talked about how he was nervous to kiss Sara because she’s the only one that would be able to tell if he’d improved in the past 20 years.

      Actually, Kaley Cuoco talked about her being on too. They were talking about how they both dated Johnny and Sara mentioned that even though they kept it a secret, she knew when she was on set with them.

  • Trinity Morealis

    How did I not recognize either of them? I loved Roseanne.

    • Lucy

      Apparently you weren’t watching the right show if neither of them look familiar to you!

      • Trinity Morealis

        I’m sorry, Roseanne was in my childhood…

  • christee

    I always loved those two together on Roseanne. And Johnny Galecki has been my celebrity crush forever. Hopefully she finds peace and happiness in her current relationship, and stops worrying so much about what negative impact it’ll have on her career. Those who matter don’t mind, those who mind, don’t matter.

  • Eef

    Johnny Galecki is such a good guy. It’s nice to read stuff like this vs. all the drugs, partying and dysfunction of celebrities.