Jim Parsons is best known for his character as Sheldon Cooper on the popular television show The Big Bang Theory. Quirky and eccentric, Sheldon is a brilliant scientist who often dons a graphic tee related to comics and whose life is filled with nerdy references to pop culture.
His passions are shared by his friends Leonard (Johnny Galecki), Howard (Simon Helberg), and Raj (Kunal Nayyar). The balance of this party is Penny (Kaley Cuoco), an aspiring actress and waitress who often makes fun of the idiosyncrasies of Sheldon and his friends.
The Big Bang Theory is a smash hit of a television series, running for 12 seasons and 280 episodes, as well as winning 78 awards during its run. Considering this, it was inevitable that The Big Bang Theory would get a spin-off. Young Sheldon deals with Sheldon’s childhood and explains how he developed many of his rituals, such as the soothing “Soft Kitty” mantra. In an interview, Jim Parsons was asked what it was like to see Iain Armitage play a young Sheldon, to which Jim Parsons said that he wasn’t ready for how emotional he was going to be.
“Seeing Iain bring this young version of this character to life that I’ve been working on for a decade of my own life, it was really moving. I felt so much sympathy for this little guy. It was kind of mind-boggling to see him come to life through from Ian.”
Judging from these comments, it seems that Jim Parsons is a staunch supporter of The Big Bang Theory prequel series, as well as its young star. As awkward and out of touch as Sheldon Cooper is at any age, it seems that both Jim Parsons and Iain Armitage are more than up to the task of playing the character, with Young Sheldon currently scoring very high in viewership. Hopefully, Iain Armitage continues his fantastic portrayal of the character because he certainly has Jim Parsons’ blessing.
You can’t mention CBS’s Young Sheldon without reminding people that it’s supposed to be more or less a prequel/origin story to main character Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory.
Over the course of The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon tells so many colorful and groundbreaking anecdotes about what his family life was like as a child that someone had the brilliant idea to put all those moments together and create a profitable spin-off. It was a winning strategy that paid off for the network with 16 million live viewers during its first season.
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