The Big Bang Theory really did create quite a bang, the sitcom that started airing in 2007 went on to have a 12-season run and garnered a fan following of millions. The finale was aired over three years ago and since then the main cast of the show has moved on to different pursuits. However, there is one thing that they unanimously agree with, being a part of the hit TV show was the zenith of their career and they will probably never be a part of anything that commercially successful. Kaley Cuoco, who played Penny on the sitcom, once claimed that she and Johnny Galecki were very well aware of this and even cried thinking about the same.
Penny and Leonard from The Big Bang Theory dated in real life
Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki played one of the central love interests on the show – Penny and Leonard. Who can forget the nerdy physicist prophesizing that his babies with the hot next-door neighbor would be “smart and beautiful” in the pilot of the show? They went on to have a really long courtship with a consistent will-they-won’t-they tension brewing. However, they did end up together on the show.
What is a lesser known fact is that the actors portraying Leonard and Penny, i.e. Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco, also dated in real life. They had a rather secret affair for almost two years starting right when the show itself began in 2007. The relationship went mostly public after it had already ended in 2009. And the two still went on to be co-workers for around 10 years, however awkward that might have been for them. Although they claimed to move forward after their breakup quite smoothly and remain the closest of friends.
“Luckily, Johnny and I came out of it so brilliantly”
Kaley Cuoco once shared the inside scoop of her and Galecki’s changing dynamics in the Armchair Podcast with Dax Shepard.