Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki reflect on how they fell in love on the set of ‘Big Bang Theory’

Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki tell how they fell in love on the set of “The Big Bang Theory,” and it’s as sweet as 3.14.

The former couple, who dated for two years while working on the hit CBS comedy, openly explained that they couldn’t resist each other’s gravitational pull to reporter Jessica Radloff for his upcoming book, “The Big Bang Theory: The Definitive, Inside Story from the Epic Hit series. Excerpts from Radloff’s show story were published Monday in Vanity Fair.

Although Galecki appears to be publicly single and Cuoco is currently dating “Ozark” actor Tom Pelphrey, the two remain close friends and gushed to Radloff about their on-set romance.

Cuoco and Galecki — who also played the show’s main love interests, Penny and Leonard — confirmed to Radloff that their chemistry from the start wasn’t all that different from that of their characters.

“I think what made Leonard and Penny work so well was my off-camera relationship with Johnny, which turned into sarcastic banter that bled into Penny and Leonard,” Cuoco told Radloff. “Johnny and I’s relationship, in a way, mimicked Penny and Leonard. They always gave each other shit, and Johnny and I have a similar relationship — which is what you do after years of being together. We’ve always had each other. supported, and you can’t lose that. And I think it happened on screen. It made our relationship fun and endearing.

Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Penny (Kaley Cuoco) get engaged on “The Gorilla Dissolution” on “The Big Bang Theory.”

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The two confirmed that they immediately had crushes but were unaware of each other’s feelings – especially since the two were in other relationships when they started the series.

But a scene from the Season 1 episode titled “The Nerdvana Annihilation” – in which Leonard has a daydream in which he saves Penny – changed everything for the pair.

In Leonard’s fantasy, he helps Penny down an elevator shaft, and in the scene the two are entwined in each other’s arms and share a kiss.

Galecki told Radloff that because the scene involved a stunt, they had to be in each other’s arms for “a while”, but he noticed that Cuoco felt pretty comfortable the whole time. .

“Kaley didn’t look panicked at all. In fact, she looked extremely happy in those arms, ”said Galecki, according to the excerpt in VF. “That was definitely one of the times where I think -”

“I think we kinda fell in love in that elevator shaft,” Cuoco quipped.

“We felt something, yes. I think that was a turning point [in our relationship]Galecki continued. “At that point, she and I knew something reciprocated was going on, and that it would be more of a distraction from work to try to keep ignoring it than to acknowledge it and submit to it.”

“I was like, ‘Uh-oh.’ I was so scared for him,” Cuoco admitted. “So much so that I was like, ‘Get me out of here,’ because he had to hold me up and we had to do this thing really tight. Even my cheeks were really red. I was super nervous and I kept thinking, ‘Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God.’ I was just a nervous wreck being so close to him right now.

The two went on to detail their courtship, which included Galecki inviting Cuoco on a casting getaway, both breaking up with their respective partners, and Galecki eventually asking Cuoco for a drink.

Galecki and Cuoco in 2016.
Galecki and Cuoco in 2016.

“I was so excited when he texted me. I was like, ‘Oh my God.’ And I knew that was going to be a problem – having a glass of wine with him,” Cuoco said. “I knew. And we kissed at the bar! It’s so dark in there that you almost feel like you can do anything, but then it was like, ‘Uh-oh, I think this is going to be really bad.’ [Laughs] We started making out in the bar, then we made out in the parking lot. Johnny can really get into his head and want to hide, while I’m the complete opposite. I would have told everyone the next day at the table to read. I would have announced it and I would have said: ‘We are together!’ But he was like, ‘We can’t tell anyone!’ So we kept silent.

The two have agreed to keep their romance a secret. Cuoco pointed out to the author that it was easy not to make it public because “Social media was nowhere what it is now” – but keeping it from the cast and crew was a bit trickier.

Galecki recalled a time when series creator Chuck Lorre caught them kissing.

“Once Chuck stopped us hiding behind a car in the parking lot,” Galecki said. “It was after a show when we came out, and we saw Chuck coming off stage solo. We were next to cars, and we ducked, like kids hiding from their parents!”

To read Lorre’s reminiscence — and to learn more about Galecki and Cuoco’s relationship, head over to Vanity Fair.


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