Big Bang actor Jim Parsons said on Inside the Actor’s Studio it was ‘a wonderful thing’ to come out in an interview.
In the interview with The New York Times for the 2012 revival of the The Normal Heart: when asked whether, as a gay man, acting in a story about the HIV crisis was ‘meaningful,’ he was able to respond ‘yes’.
It was the first time the actor had confirmed, officially, he is gay.
‘I can’t tell you what a wonderful thing that was, what a gift he gave me with one question. It was suddenly out there and official,’ he told his interviewer and fellow actor, James Lipton.
Parsons played Tommy Boatwright – a fictional gay rights activist in the film, originally an autobiographical play by the HIV campaigner Larry Kramer.
Even before the New York Times interview, Parsons sexuality was an open secret in Hollywood – before his official coming out in 2012: ‘I never had a coming out piece, I just didn’t mention it. I took Todd with me to events.’
The award-winning actor also revealed how he and his partner, Todd Spiewak, met during the interview: at a karoke bar – but it was not Parsons’ ideal choice of venue.
‘I hate karaoke – oh my god!’ he said. And then added: ‘Tell them what song you sang.’
Spiewak, who was sitting in the audience, replied: ‘I Found Someone’.