"It was a wonderful relationship, but we never spoke a word about it and never went anywhere together." The now-27-year-old actress agreed with Galecki at the time that they should be on the QT to help the show.The couple was "so protective of ourselves and the show, and we didn't want anything to ruin that," she said.
Following appearances in television movies and a commercial for Kool-Aid, at 13 she landed the role of Darlene Conner, the sarcastic middle child, in Roseanne.
Sara was a cast member in the show's nine-year run (1988–97), for which she wrote a fourth-season episode story (the teleplay was written by the Guild Writers for the show) called "Don't Make Me Over".
But it was that secrecy that contributed to their breakup.
"Everyone was always asking, and we deny-deny-denied," she said.
"I started dating a woman who was like 18 years older than I was, who was also in the public eye, and it was something that people could have found out about," she revealed. " PHOTOS: TV's best gay and lesbian couples That fear still haunts her.
"No one knew at the show for years, and Johnny held the secret the whole time, and I just felt like always so scared [about], if it came out, what could happen. "When I talk about my sexuality on the show or in public, I still feel really scared," Gilbert admitted, her voice breaking.
"And I'm like, 'Why am I denying this person that I love?
'" The co-stars were able to go on and remain friends, having promised each other that they'd keep it professional if a breakup happened. Cuoco is now engaged to tennis player Ryan Sweeting.
Sara Gilbert (born Sara Rebecca Abeles; January 29, 1975) is an American actress, best known for her role as Darlene Conner on the ABC sitcom Roseanne from 1988 to 1997, for which she received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations.
Gilbert will reprise the role in 2018 for an eight episode revival.
So I eventually told him that I thought it was about my sexuality and he was super sweet about it." PHOTOS: Hollywood's gay power couples (He's still super sweet.