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Jim Parsons thinks being gay and out has made him a better actor

Jim Parsons thinks being gay and out has made him a better actor

  • Coming out gave The Big Bang Theory star unexpected ‘happiness and strength’.
Scene from The Boys In The Band.

Jim Parsons thinks being gay has made him a better actor because there are ‘more layers of yourself you can share’.

The 47-year-old made his name starring in the hit comedy The Big Bang Theory and came out as gay in 2012.

Talking to Attitude magazine about coming out, he said:

‘To suddenly be part of a large group that has been – and still is – maligned at times, with hateful things being said about them by other public figures – there was a sense of happiness and strength for me that I couldn’t have predicted.

‘As soon as it became a story, it made me feel very strong and I think in this day and age it only helped career-wise. I certainly have never felt it hurt my career at all.

‘It probably even helped me be a better actor. There’s always more layers of yourself you can share.’

Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory.
Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory. The Big Bang Theory

Fear of losing love

Parsons just starred in a Netflix movie version of the classic gay play, The Boys in the Band, reprising a role he previously performed on the Broadway stage.

The Boys In The Band is about a group of men who gather for a birthday party in 1968 in New York City. However a guest from the host’s past turns the evening into chaos.

The original 1968 off-Broadway play became an unexpected hit. It has sometimes been controversial for fostering gay stereotypes. However, many now consider it an historic achievement in LGBT+ representation.

Parsons previously said working with an all-gay cast for the film was ‘powerful’.

Now he says: ‘I realized that being gay and growing up around people and in a culture where that wasn’t celebrated – where it was reviled, in many ways – had an impact on me.

‘Happy as I am, I’m still working out the fear I grew up with, that by revealing who I really am, I will somehow lose the love of the people who are important to me.’

Both Parsons and his husband Jimmy Fallon had a six-week battle to beat coronavirus after they caught the COVID-19 back in March. Initially they thought they just had colds but soon realized they had lost their sense of taste and smell.