Jim Parsons glad success didn’t come until his 30s
Jim Parsons, who is making about $1 million an episode for The Big Bang Theory, struggled to make ends meet until his 30s.
Now 43, Parsons was a journeyman actor performing Off-Broadway and in TV commercials when he landed the plum TV role of theoretical physicist Sheldon Cooper.
‘There was plenty of time of unemployment, there was plenty of tine at the Coinstar cashing in for a night out,’ Parsons told NBC’s The Today Show this week.
‘I am grateful though that a success like the TV show didn’t happen until I was in my 30s. I had met Todd (Spiewack), my partner, long before that.’
When Parsons was about to begin working on Big Bang, he knew things would never be the same.
‘I remember distinctly saying, “You’ve been living in purgatory and kind of hanging around … and it could be a very life-changing thing that’s about to happen.”‘
The sitcom started slowly in the ratings and did not reach number one until its fourth season.
This allowed Parsons and his castmates an opportunity to acclimate to their growing fame while remaining focused on the work.
‘By the time we were getting recognized in the streets, we had a few seasons under our belt … you felt like, “Well we have something that we can rely on. We know what we’re doing.”‘
The cast reportedly is close to completing negotiations for 11th and 12th seasons.