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SARA Gil­bert has come a long way since she played Roseanne Barr’s feisty teenage daugh­ter, Dar­lene Con­ner, in the US sit­com Roseanne.

These days Gil­bert, 37, is cre­ator and co-host of The Talk, the day­time chat show with Sharon Os­bourne.

Since 2007, Gil­bert has had a re­cur­ring role on The Big Bang The­ory as Les­lie Win­kle, a sci­en­tist friend of Leonard Hof­s­tadter ( Roseanne co-star Johnny Galecki).

Gil­bert came out as a les­bian in 2010. She has two chil­dren with TV pro­ducer Al­li­son Adler — son Levi, 12, and five-year-old daugh­ter Sawyer.

The pair split last year. Gil­bert is re­port­edly dat­ing hit song­writer and 4 Non Blondes singer Linda Perry.

What was it that made you want to switch from

act­ing to a chat show?

I prob­a­bly wouldn’t have thought of mov­ing into talk shows but when I had the idea (for The Talk) I got ex­cited and wanted to be a part of it. I was guilty of lik­ing my own idea.

Howdo you think is dif­fer­ent from other chat shows such as


The Talk View The Ellen DeGeneres Show? I think of it as a much more per­sonal show. We’re talk­ing

The about the world as it af­fects us — what we would do in those sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tions. It’s more of a girl­friend show than other shows.

Sharon Os­bourne is renowned in Aus­tralia for hav­ing a feud with Dan­nii Minogue. What do you make of Sharon and what does she bring to

Talk? Sharon is that great ex­am­ple of some­body be­ing un­afraid to be who they are. She gives other peo­ple a lot of li­cence to say what they think, be im­per­fect, be messy, have highs, have lows — and you see that she is still ac­cepted. I

think that is amaz­ing.


You came out in 2010. How­big a deal was

that for you?

I never even felt like I was com­ing out or stay­ing in or any­thing like that. I’m do­ing a talk show about per­sonal is­sues so it made more sense to me to start talk­ing about my per­sonal life.

You have two kids. What is it like be­ing a mother?

It has been amaz­ing and hum­bling. On a daily ba­sis I stare at my lim­i­ta­tions in the face. You do your best but a lot of times, to be to­tally hon­est, you feel in­ad­e­quate as a par­ent. It is a work in progress for sure. The Talk, Chan­nel 10, week­days 9am.

Heavy breathers

Hue’s idea was this?

Short sheet the sex scenes

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