Sara Gilbert talks to Greg In Hollywood about being out on the new CBS daytime chatfest “The Talk”
Roseanne alum Sara Gilbert has played many different characters as an actress. But in her new CBS daytime show The Talk, she’ll be herself – something that seems a little daunting to the actress who is one of six co-hosts on the show as well as executive producer.
At the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour on Wednesday, Gilbert was asked if she thought it would be easier to succeed as a lesbian in daytime television thanks to the road paved by Ellen DeGeneres.
“I don’t know,” she said. “I don’t really ever think of things as out or in. I just think I am who I am and when topics come up that are appropriate, I’ll talk about them share when it seems right.”
Julie Chen, one of the other hosts who seems to be the panel’s moderator, interjected: “You probably don’t know the answer to that right now. Because once we get on the air, you’re probably going to see how much press there is about ‘Sara Gilbert’ is a lesbian.’ And then you probably can answer that a little more accurately I would think. It’s a whole new journey.”
One reporter tried to gauge just how comfortable Gilbert is about her personal life since in the initial press release announcing the show, the husbands of Chen, Sharon Osbourne, Holly Robinson Peete, Leah Remni and Marissa Jaret Winokur were all mentioned but Gilbert’s partner Allison Adler was not.
“That came from me,” she said. “CBS would have written whatever I wanted. I’ve been acting my whole life, and I’ve never really discussed my personal life. This is a talk show. so obviously I’m going to be discussing my life more and I felt that the first place that I wanted to do it wasn’t in a CBS press release. It just seemed impersonal, and I felt like I’d rather come in person and talk to you about all that stuff here [at press tour].”
Sara was also asked if a performer who is gay can be out and worry less about the impact on their career these days. She said: “I don’t know. I’m not an expert on this or I don’t analyze these things. I’m just sort of living my life. I plan to put my heart and soul into this show and I plan to continue acting, and I don’t think it will be a problem.”
But I decided to talk to Sara about it anyway, wondering if she, for example, would take a cue from Rosie O’Donnell when she was on The View and would talk often about then-wife Kelli Carpenter and their kids. [She and Allison have two children].
“I don’t know,” she said. “I’m naturally kind of a private person. I’m at a place in my life where I’m excited about this project and I want to share more. How much that is I guess I’ll get to find as the show goes. I’m not someone who’s been a talk show host before so I’m going to follow the lead of people like Sharon and Julie who have a lot more experience than I do and try and find the right zone for myself and my family.”
it was for her to, for the first time, talk a little bit about her girlfriend in front of the media.
“It feels fine,” she said. “It’s a change for me and I’m excited. That’s one of the things I love about life is changing and growing and having new experiences because if I didn’t then it would be the same thing over and over again. I feel happy about where I am in my life right now.”