Johnny Galecki gave up playing Sheldon on Big Bang Theory

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  • Friday, 20 Nov 2015

Johnny Galecki (right) and Jim Parsons in Big Bang Theory.


Chicago, Illinois native Johnny Galecki turned a one-time appearance on Roseanne into a five-year role, and has scored Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for portraying Leonard Hofstadter on The Big Bang Theory.

Next, Galecki battles deadly technology opposite Aimee Teegarden in Rings, a reboot of The Ring thrillers out April 1. And he'll star in, as well as executive produce, the dramedy The Master Cleanse.

How did you grow as an actor during Roseanne?

That experience, from 16-21, I really consider my college in many ways. To work with Roseanne, who's from the standup world, and John (Goodman), who's a terribly disciplined film actor, I had the best professors in the business.

Why did you ask to play Leonard over Sheldon in Big Bang Theory?

It was a very selfish request on my part. I hadn't been able to traverse those stories of the heart. I've often been cast as the best friend or the gay assistant of whatever character and I got to explore those relationships.

I said I'd rather play this guy, who seems to have a future of romantic triumphs and difficulties.

What will happen with Leonard's marriage in Season 9?

I'm excited that Leonard and Penny have finally stopped talking about it and have taken the plunge, but that doesn't solve any problems or answer any questions. So they'll have a new world of loving struggle.

How is this third Ring installment different?

One interesting thing they needed to tackle is that nobody's watching VHS tapes anymore. Now people can be cursed over their phones. – Reuters

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