‘Big Bang Theory’: Jim Parsons — ‘Everybody has a little Sheldon in them’

Posted by Kathy Lyford

Here are the answers to your questions for “The Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons, who plays neurotic genius Sheldon Cooper on the CBS comedy, which is one of my favorite shows and one of the few comedies that qualifies as appointment TV for me.

For this Q&A we’re trying a little something different: All your questions were answered via video. It seems actors aren’t as camera shy as showrunners.

JimpMany of you were curious about how much Jim has in common with Sheldon. Well, the answer is not much. Let’s see. They look alike. They sound the same, right down to the Texas twang. They’re both adorable. They’re both smart, but in different ways. They both excel in their chosen professions.

The differences are more profound. Jim dresses better. (Although if you dig Sheldon’s wardrobe, visit this fan site devoted to his t-shirts). Sheldon is socially awkward to the point of ineptitude. Jim is personable, charming, outgoing and witty. Sheldon is seemingly interested only in science, video games and comic books. Jim’s hobbies don’t include any of those. And while I would never pretend to know about his interests after a two-hour meeting, I can tell you that Jim and I chatted before and after the interview about many topics of interest to both of us: Theater, the state of the economy, the recent election, L.A. real estate, ping-pong (he plays; there’s even a “BBT” cast and crew tournament), poker (I try to play), crosswords, blogs and chatrooms, documentaries, the changing television business, critics, movies, restaurants and “Friday Night Lights” (I can bring that series up in any conversation. I’ve now proved it.)

Jim made my job very easy. He not only answered the questions he read them too (sometimes with comments directed toward the person asking). So I got to just sit there and enjoy his delightful company and giggle. Of course, I did have to edit and upload the videos — hence the slight delay. Turns out I’m more of a Penny than a Sheldon when it comes to technology.

Before we start the questions, here’s a short thank you from Jim for all of you who participated plus a special announcement about which one of you won the autographed season one DVD set.

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  21. takineko says:

    This is my favorite interview of Jim’s. Up close and personal, and long so we can just listen to him talk. Almost like we’re there!

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  23. Kathy Lyford says:

    The answer about falling in video part 3 is this:
    “Any time someone falls, it’s amusing, as long as they don’t break anything. Kaley’s done it more than most, although Johnny threw his knee out once, but that wasn’t funny… until later.”

  24. Bekurah says:

    Ok sure, the writers are best suited to answer the Penny/Sheldon question… but c’mon, we wanted to hear what Jim had to say too, and it seamed like he was going to say something. D=
    Oh well… anyway, great interview. Sheldon/Jim remains to be my main reason for watching and my fav part of the show. ^^

  25. Sara says:

    The one question I have – and the one line he says I can’t figure out is when he’s mentioning funny bits he says when people fall it’s always funny, so long as they don’t hurt themselves… Kayley more than most…
    …and then I can’t understand what he says until “and that wasn’t funny… until later”… could someone let me know what he said there?

  26. His entire answer to “Will Sheldon ever hook up with Penny” was “I’m not even going to hazard a guess. ‘Will Sheldon ever hook up with Penny?’ Is there a God?” He doesn’t know the answer to that. Only the writers would know.

  27. jane says:

    what happened to jim’s response on the penny and sheldon hook up? it seems that he was beginning to answer the question, when it was awkwardly ended by your edit.

  28. euclid says:

    transcript pls. some of us are in an office.

  29. Kathy says:

    Sorry DVZs, that’s not possible on this one. I hope you enjoy the videos anyway.

  30. DVZs says:

    Any chance of having the answers also written down? Nice touch to have them on video, but as you mentioned the background noise is sometimes a bit too much to tolerate. Would be nice to have a transscript of the videos.

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