7. Early Life
Sara Rebecca Abeles was born on January 29, 1975 in Santa Monica, California, to Barbara Cowan and Harold Abeles. At only six years old, Sara decided that she too wanted to be an actress after watching her sister Melissa star as Laura Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie for years and receive a plaque on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1984, at only 9 she also adopted the last name Gilbert after her mother’s first husband Paul Gilbert.
After a few commercial roles and a spot in a TV movie, Sara Gilbert landed her life-changing role of Darlene Connor on the beloved sitcom Roseanne at only 13 years old. Despite early success with acting, Gilbert took her studies just as seriously and eventually decided to attend Yale University. Because her character was so important to the show, producers maneuvered everything from storylines to taping schedules around Gilbert’s classes at Yale. After a lot of hard work she graduated from Yale in 1997 with honors after majoring in Art with an emphasis on Photography.
5. Sara and Johnny
During her time on Roseanne, Sara Gilbert had no idea the special relationship that would form between herself and her on-screen boyfriend, Johnny Galecki. Like many young co-stars, Sara and Johnny ended up dating in real life, but in a much more rare twist — it was through this relationship that Gilbert realized that she was, in fact, gay and credits him for helping her through the major moment in her life. “I thought he was super cute and I had a total crush on him. And we started dating and he would come over and we would, like, make out, and then I would start to get depressed.” She explained that she “eventually told him I thought it was about my sexuality and he was super sweet about it […] I started dating a woman who was like 18 years older than I was, who was also in the public eye. 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.” Little did they know that a decade after Roseanne came to an end, they would once again work together and once again as love interests after Gilbert appeared as Leslie Winkle on The Big Bang Theory.