‘The Big Bang Theory’ actors Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki on their former relationship: “We were already in love during the first season” | showbiz

CELEBRATIONSKaley Cuoco (36) and Johnny Galecki (47) Weren’t Alone in ‘The Big Bang Theory’ lovers, but also in real life the two had a relationship. In an interview with ‘Vanity Fair’, the actors candidly talk about their time together. “I was so nervous before our first kiss,” Cuoco said.

“I had a crush on Johnny from the start,” Cuoco admits. “At that time we were both in a relationship, but I was only interested in him. When I realized it was mutual, I thought, ‘Uh-oh, this is going to cause trouble.’” But Galecki was initially unaware of Cuoco’s feelings. “I have a healthy ego, but when you flirt with me you have to make it abundantly clear. Otherwise I don’t realize it,” he says. “And that was the case with Kaley. I had no idea she was in love with me until we started dating.”

The attraction between their characters Penny and Leonard was undeniable, even before the two coupled up in real life. “When filming the scenes, it quickly became clear that there was chemistry between us. We were in love with each other during the first season, and that was before we were even in a relationship.” Galecki and Cuoco were very nervous about their first kiss, both on screen and off. “I was very nervous for both. I mean, I was kissing him like Penny before we were dating. It’s weird when you’re in love with someone and you have to kiss that person as an actor,” Cuoco said.

Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki in 2015. © Getty Images

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It was not until the fourteenth episode of the first season that the actors finally dared to admit their feelings for each other. During the scene where Leonard rescues Penny in an elevator, the spark flew. “It all started with that. At that point, we both knew we had feelings for each other. We couldn’t ignore it any longer. That would be an even bigger distraction from our work,” says Galecki. After the scene, he asked her out on a date and their first date was an instant hit. “We had a glass of wine in a cafe. And then we kissed. Cuoco recalls. “The next day I wanted to let everyone know about ‘The Big Bang Theory.’ But Johnny said, ‘We can’t tell anyone!’ So we kept our relationship quiet.”

Or so they thought, because it wasn’t long before the two were caught. “One day we were caught by ‘The Big Bang Theory’ creator Chuck Lorre. After the filming, Kaley and I were in the parking lot. When we saw Chuck, we immediately hid behind a car. But Chuck saw us through. Fortunately, he handled it well and did not pass it on. We just didn’t want anyone to worry about us.” The couple kept it professional on set. “We never even had sex in our lodges,” Cuoco laughs.

Their romance lasted for two years, from 2008 to 2010. But the breakup didn’t stop them from maintaining a great working relationship. The actors are very happy with how their real-life dynamics positively influenced their on-screen appeal. “I think Leonard and Penny worked so well because of my relationship with Johnny in real life,” Cuoco explains. “They always had a laugh with each other. Johnny and I have a similar relationship – which makes sense after years of working together. We’ve always supported each other, and that’s what made Leonard and Penny’s relationship so funny and endearing.”

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