Jim Parsons on Sheldon Cooper: ‘I Never Get Bored’ He Says Ahead of Big Bang Theory Season 8

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
September 3, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Jim Parsons says that he never gets bored playing Sheldon Cooper.

Parsons, who recently starred in HBO’s television film The Normal Heart, said that it was refreshing to return to playing Cooper on The Big Bang Theory.

“There is nothing more refreshing for the current, continuing TV job than to do any other acting job in the interim. I got to be somebody who likes other people, who wants to talk to other people, who can pick up on the subtle, human cues, who wants to touch other people, and who deals with the sick. I never get bored playing Sheldon. You get used to it—and that’s good, too,” he told AdWeek.

“You should; it can help to deepen things, but it’s so nice to have a reminder of the remarkable character you’ve been given a chance to inhabit. I mean, from the moment I read the pilot, that’s what it was that was so attractive to me. I couldn’t tell you a good, bad or ugly pilot just from reading it, but I can tell you a character I want to play. I did feel that with him from the beginning. God knows why. It probably does say something very odd about me psychologically. That guy? Really? Yeah, yeah I did. I liked the way he talked, and I still do.”

Parsons also discussed how the show’s success has changed his day-to-day life.

“Even after [the show’s popularity grew], it was more of a fact on paper. And in some ways it still is, if I want to be honest about it,” he said.

“Do more people recognize me, or any of us, in the street? Yeah, yeah, yeah. But some of that had started to happen in Season 1. The numbers are just a figure you read, and it’s kind of inconceivable. I don’t know that it will never not be inconceivable because I can’t count that high.”

Season 8 of the show premieres on September 22.

It was recently revealed in the descriptions for the first two episodes that Sheldon did in fact get on the train, and travel to Arizona.

But in the first episode of the season, Leonard and Amy go on a road trip to pick him up, and by the second episode of the one-hour premiere, he’s already back in Pasadena and is forced to teach a class, which Howard actually enrolls in

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.