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Jim Parsons: ‘It’s surprisingly easy’ to play Sheldon on ‘Big Bang Theory’
Sheldon Cooper, “The Big Bang Theory’s” socially awkward theoretical physicist, isn’t an easy personality to pin down — just ask his long-suffering (but recently kissed!) gal pal Amy Farrah Fowler. But for Jim Parsons, the man behind the character, Sheldon’s not so tough for him.
“It’s surprisingly easy,” Parsons, who stopped by TODAY Tuesday morning, said of playing the geeky character. “I think that the writing is really good, and I think that there’s undeniably part of myself that understands what it is to feel outsidery. Probably everybody does. I think that’s part of the reason the show’s so successful. But if you’re just willing to access that and tap into that, it’s not hard at all to feel like ‘no one understands me.’”
But Parsosn might not find his next job — hosting “Saturday Night Live” — quite so simple. While glancing at a wall filled with photos of past hosts — featuring the biggest names in music, movies and more — he admitted, “It’s rather intimidating.”
“It feels like I’m ruining the club that they created,” he explained. “You know what I mean? You grow up going, ‘That’s some Hollywood royalty that gets to host that.’ (But) apparently I was wrong, ’cause here I am.”
Humility aside, there’s one aspect of the gig that he’s not worried about at all — the live factor.
“I love live (television),” Parsons insisted, adding that his pre-recorded performances on “Big Bang” are practically live. “We tape it live, and while you do get a chance to go over your mistakes there, should you make one, we are doing it live. And I love theater. I’ve done theater all my life. So this is … not that it’s like theater. It’s different, but live is fun.”
“The Big Bang Theory” star Jim Parsons will host “Saturday Night Live” when it returns following the Olympics — and the departure of Seth Meyers — on March 1.
Beck will be the musical guest for the episode.
The March 1 episode will mark Parsons’ hosting debut on the late-night institution. Beck, who’ll be promoting his upcoming album “Morning Phase,” has appeared on the show six times before.
Meyers, who served as anchor of the show’s news segment “Weekend Update,” is assuming hosting duties on NBC’s “Late Night.” He’s taking over for fellow “SNL” alum Jimmy Fallon, who’s taking over “The Tonight Show.”
“Saturday Night Live” head writer Colin Jost will sit down behind the “Weekend Update” desk as the segment’s co-anchor on the March 1 episode, joining Cecily Strong, who has been co-anchoring the show this season.
‘The Big Bang Theory’ stars talk Sheldon and Amy’s big moment
Actors Jim Parsons and Mayim Bialik shared their thoughts on Sheldon and Amy’s unexpected romantic milestone in The Big Bang Theory season 7, episode 15.
Sheldon and Amy have been inching toward romance for several seasons now, but the pair took a definitive step forward in The Big Bang Theory season 7, episode 15. “Shamy,” as they are fondly known, had their first real kiss in last week’s Valentine’s Day-centric episode.
Jim Parsons (Sheldon) shared his thoughts on the unexpectedly touching moment in an interview with CBS.
“When the relationship agreement was laid out, there were no parameters for a kiss,” Parsons says, reflecting that the kiss with Amy initially “came out of anger.”
Still, “the viewers, as well as me, were left to assume that he enjoyed it once he got there,” Parsons says. “Unexpectedly, unpremeditated, but once those lips landed together, he was like, ‘This is not bad.’”
“It’s undeniable that there’s been change, and there’s been growth,” he says of his character. “This is new territory.”
Meanwhile, Mayim Bialik (the “Amy” half of “Shamy”) wrote a post for Kveller.com about her experience playing out the kiss. Though the fourteen-hour shoot was draining for the cast, Bialik says that she and Parsons were all business for the couple’s most romantic moment yet.
“The way you saw the kiss happen, much like my tiara moment, is exactly the way Jim and I intended it to play,” the actress writes. Still, “I couldn’t picture what we look like kissing; I don’t know how often any of us can picture ourselves kissing, actually.”
Though Bialik usually avoids watching her own performance, she did catch a bit of the kissing scene when it was previewed to the studio audience. “I was startled that my internal acting process (for lack of a better word) has a physical representation that is so striking,” she writes. “Consciously, I have little notion of how I will physically represent things as an actor. When there is no physical action scripted or indicated, I simply act emotions and those emotions sometimes have a physical representation and just are.
“I don’t know if that makes sense,” Bialik muses, “but Actor Mayim representing Fictional Character Amy in such a physical way with this kiss is as touching to me as it is to you.”
Bialik is certainly right on the money with her feelings. The sweetly unexpected kiss in The Big Bang Theory season 7, episode 15, is easily one of the most-beloved and emotional moments of the season so far.
Will she finally land him? It’s Valentine’s Day onThe Big Bang Theory, and Amy (Mayim Bialik) is taking Sheldon (Jim Parsons) — the sexually squeamish nerd of her dreams — to California’s wine country for a romantic getaway at a bed-and-breakfast. With separate bedrooms, of course. Oh, and it’s a double date with Howard (Simon Helberg) and Bernadette (Melissa Rauch). Plus, Sheldon’s really only going because there’s a train ride involved. Still, a girl can hope, can’t she?
“It was huge for Amy to discover in our Christmas episode that Sheldon has her picture as his screen saver, so she really thinks she has a chance with the guy, despite so much evidence to the contrary,” says executive producer Steven Molaro, who promises a moment for the dippy duo that is “big and beautiful and really special.”
Raj (Kunal Nayyar) also leaves town — to avoid the pain of a solo Valentine’s Day — which is good news for Penny and Leonard (Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki). “It’s their chance to have a quiet weekend together,” Molaro says. “But as they’re busy having, ahem, adult relations, Raj’s dog, Cinnamon — whom they’re babysitting — eats an entire box of chocolates. So Leonard and Penny end up spending their romantic evening at the vet’s office.”
But even that has an upside. When Raj returns home, he meets the gorgeous veterinarian (Switched at Birth‘s Tania Raymonde) who treated Cinnamon, and she finds Raj utterly adorable. Score another one for Cupid!
The Big Bang Theory airs Thursdays at 8/7c on CBS.