"I thought he was super cute and had a crush on him," she said of her feelings at the time.
And his support has continued, which he proved when she contacted him about her plan to discuss their relationship and her personal struggles since coming out in 2010 on "The Talk." "I called him and I just said, 'Is it okay — I'm thinking of talking about this," Gilbert said, adding, "The story sort of starts with you.
Gilbert has appeared on The Simpsons, 24, Will & Grace, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Private Practice.
Starting in 2004, she had a recurring role as smart but sarcastic medical student Jane Figler on the long-running hospital drama ER; her appearances spanned seasons 11-13.
Sara Gilbert (born Sara Rebecca Abeles; January 29, 1975) is an American actress, best known for her role as Darlene Conner on the ABC sitcom Roseanne from 1988 to 1997, for which she received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations.
Gilbert will reprise the role in 2018 for an eight episode revival Her mother is the daughter of The Honeymooners creator Harry Crane. Her two older siblings on her mother's side, Melissa Gilbert and Jonathan Gilbert, were stars of Little House on the Prairie.