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Jim Parsons on husband Todd Spiewak: “We just … enjoy each other’s company, and that’s never waned”

Four-time Emmy winner Jim Parsons is on Broadway in The Boys in the Band.

Here is an excerpt from his interview with The Advocate in which The Big Bang Theory star reflects on his 16-year relationship with husband Todd Spiewak:

It’s not easy maintaining a relationship in Hollywood and LGBT relationships aren’t always validated. You and your husband [art director Todd Spiewak] have been together for 16 years now. How do you make it work?
I happen to have been lucky enough to find somebody who we just get along at a certain level and enjoy each other’s company, and that’s never waned, so we tend to kind of be in tandem for a majority of our days and nights. Related to that is, obviously, the fact that while I am having this relationship in Hollywood, while having a Hollywood career, Todd does not have the same type of Hollywood career. Unlike dating another gay actor, who’s off shooting in Australia, we don’t spend longer than a couple of weeks apart if we can manage it because we don’t have to. A lot of the work that Todd does can travel, and there’s been some intentionality to that on our part because we enjoy spending time together.

I was lucky enough to meet Todd at a time in my life where no one — other than my friends and family — knew who the hell I was. I do think that having spent six years together before we came out here and thrust into some version of a limelight, it was the same way I felt very lucky that I was in my early-30s by the time that happened to me. There was so much under the belt for me life-wise. Of course certain things are going to change, they would even if this hadn’t happened. You’re going to get older, but you’re less apt to have core things change about you that give you a real identity crisis.

And you have good role models in marriage, too.
Todd and I were very lucky to both come from parents who stayed together for their whole lives. His parents are both still alive. My mother is still alive. My father’s gone. But we both came from couples who, when they joined together, they joined for life. And, I don’t know, not that you can’t have a successful marriage without seeing that in front of you, and plenty of people do, but I do think both of us have always readily acknowledged that it made a real impact having that in front of us. That’s just good fortune for us.


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