Three-time Emmy winner Jim Parsons was four years into his relationship with Todd Spiewak when fame hit.
His CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory was a break-out hit and he was thrust into the limelight.
Parsons, one of the stars of the upcoming HBO film The Normal Heart, never thought about hiding the fact that he is gay.
'What happened was that we were very fortunate with the show, and we started getting invited to awards shows and stuff. I had to deal with it very quickly - I mean, there was no option. I was going to take Todd. And so I had to deal with it,' Parsons tells SiriusXM Progress.
But no one asked.
'This went on for years.' Parsons said.
That is until 2011 when he was starring in the Broadway revival of The Normal Heart and doing an interview with The New York Times.
'(Reporter) Patrick Healy — and I just love this — he just (asked a question, beginning with), "As a gay man…" and I was kind of thrilled. He finally just took the information that I’d presented in front of him, and everyone, and just talked about it.'
'My recollection was hearing the question pretty calmly. That was where I found the peace about it, actually. If it’s going to be talked about that’s exactly how it should be talked about. Just something else to mention.'
Parsons talked about his relationship with Spiewak for the first time publicly last October when the couple were presented with the Inspiration Award at the GLSEN Respect Awards.
Parsons said that night he never thought of himself as an activist.
'I’ve never considered my relationship with Todd to be an act of activism,' he told the crowd. 'Rather simply, it’s an act of love, coffee in the morning, going to work, washing the clothes, taking the dogs [out]—a regular life, boring love.'