A new interview sheds a little light on Jim Parson’s delight at coming out. He’d been living openly for a long time, but nobody seemed to notice until a New York Times reporter asked him about it.
“(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,” Parsons told SiriousXM Progress.
Back when he came out in 2012, it was reported as the most matter-of-fact thing in the world, which of course it was. Parsons was appearing in The Normal Heart, and nearly-but-not-quite engaged to his boyfriend:
The Normal Heart resonated with him on a few levels: Mr. Parsons is gay and in a 10-year relationship, and working with an ensemble again onstage was like nourishment, he said.
Parsons is the star of Big Bang Theory, a show that is the sitcom equivalent of unfavored yogurt. But don’t hold that against him: he actually seems like a nice fellow.
A few months ago, GLSEN gave him an award for being inspiring. “I’m very happy with where I am today and the idea that someone might not have such a positive experience in school is heartbreaking and angering because everyone deserves to feel as free as possible,” he told EW at the time. (That’s Entertainment Weekly, not a magazine about things that are gross.) “Everyone deserves to be who they are and figure out what it is they want to do in life and I think GLSEN really has a big impact in making that happen for people that haven’t been feeling that way.”