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.
Hue’s idea was this?
Short sheet the sex scenes