Television and stage veteran Johnny Galecki is wrapping up his third season on the breakout hit, The Big Bang Theory.
Galecki spoke with Metro about his on-screen relationship and working in front of an audience.
Were you glad the writers brought Penny and Leonard together relatively early instead of dragging it out?
Yeah. Chuck Lorre said it best — that dangling that romance carrot over an audience’s head for a long period of time for many, many seasons has been done a lot, and it’s been done very, very well a lot. You know, Leonard has no experience in romance, and I think that Penny’s experience in romance has not been all that profound or significant. And I love that it’s not become the focal point of the show in any way because that just rings true to me.
How do you relate to your character?
I wasn’t a science geek. I was a theatre geek, and I think that’s how all four of us guys can relate to our characters. I’m from Chicago, where if you’re not a jock, then you’re not the most popular kid by any means. Jim is from Texas, where that must be the case even more so. So, you know, that’s something that we all share with our characters, and I think that refuge that people find in fantasy and science fiction is common when you feel like an outsider growing up.
Do you like working with a studio audience?
Totally. The cameras are really, really easy for me to ignore. It feels like any other theatre stage I’ve worked on. That’s what we’re doing, you know? These are 22-minute plays we put on every week.