The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons speaks out on series ending: ‘I had no idea’
The popular CBS comedy paved the way for even more geeky sitcoms to come. The Big Bang Theory’s cast became megastars over its impressive run of twelve seasons, but one of the show’s biggest names has revealed surprising insight about life after the show and his new role on Netflix.
Only a few sitcom characters have reached the level of recognition and popularity as the obsessive and arrogant Sheldon Cooper (played by Jim Parsons).
Initially introduced as the world’s worst roommate for fellow physicist Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki), he eventually softened as the series went on, becoming a loyal friend to Howard (Simon Helberg), Raj (Kunal Nayyar) and Penny (Kayley Cuoco).
Despite the series launching Jim Parsons into the limelight, his work outside the globally successful sitcom has been limited.
The star recently revealed to The Globe and Mail his surprising thoughts immediately after the series ended last year.
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Jim will next be seen in Ryan Murphy’s starry new period drama, Hollywood, where he will be portraying real life Tinseltown talent agent, Henry Willson.
Although the comedy star was able to bag a lead role in what will undoubtedly be one of Netflix’s most popular new series for 2020, Jim expressed uncertainty about which direction he wanted to take his career.
The Big Bang Theory star said: “Ryan approached me at a time in my life and career where I had honestly no idea what was next or what I wanted to do.”
Producer and writer Ryan Murphy is renowned for his work on Glee and American Horror Story, and is known for creating stars from the likes of Darren Criss, Emma Roberts and Evan Peters.
Jim Parsons will join the likes of Criss, Laura Harrier (Spider-Man Homecoming) and Samara Weaving (Ready or Not) to make up Hollywood’s cast of A-listers.
However, the former sitcom star confirmed he was worried about his career prospects following his decision to leave the show that made him a celebrity back in 2007.
Jim continued: “It was only a few months after Big Bang had ended. I’m not going to tell you what I was looking for, because I didn’t know. I thought I’d know it when I saw it. Then Ryan came along and that’s all I needed to know.
“I love the people he surrounds himself with and the kinds of projects that he does. It always feels very right, like a part of my artistic family.”
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Hollywood isn’t Jim Parsons’ first role since the conclusion of The Big Bang Theory, as the comedic actor had a minor role in Netflix’s Ted Bundy film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile alongside Zac Efron.
He is also known for his guest spot on The Simpsons, and narrating Big Bang prequel series Young Sheldon as his character’s older self.
However, Hollywood will be Jim’s most high profile role since the conclusion of CBS’s geeky comedy in 2019.
Praising Ryan Murphy’s casting skills, Jim added: “He’s got a real way of seeing a possibility in performers; he knows they can do things that they’ve never thought of.”
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Jim also collaborated with Ryan on the adaptation of stage play The Boys in the Band, which follows a group of gay school friends who reunite for a surprising birthday party, directed by Joe Mantello.
The film is expected to be released later in 2020, while Hollywood will drop all episodes on Netflix later this week.
Fans of the sci-fi fanatic and oddball physicist Sheldon Cooper are hoping Hollywood marks the first of many more prominent roles for Jim Parson to come.
The Big Bang Theory is available to stream on Netflix. Hollywood will hit Netflix on Friday May 1.
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