To the surprise of pretty much no one, Jim Parsons was once again nominated for an Emmy last week for his role as the absurdly neurotic and brilliant Sheldon Cooper on the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory. This marks the actor’s sixth consecutive time earning the recognition for the role. But that wasn’t the only TV project he was nominated for this time around. Parsons also earned a nod for his role as Tommy Boatwright in the HBO film about HIV/AIDs, The Normal Heart.
Parsons, who says he was up and getting ready for a doctor’s appointment at the time the nominations were announced, spoke to Entertainment Weekly about his reaction. “I’m a little floored, I’ll be honest,” he said. “The very first thing that hit me, and it took a while to sink in was, how lucky am I that I was a part of two different projects that have both been deemed mentionable, if you will, by the peers for this year. “
Parsons, who has admitted to auditioning for anywhere between 15 and 30 TV pilots before the Big Bang Theory was finally picked up, has previously won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a TV Series Comedy and last year, and he won his third Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (he also won in 2010 and 2011). His success hasn’t been a surprise, given his critically acclaimed performance in the show since its debut in 2007.
In his years on the series, Parsons has been praised for his ability to handle fast-paced, rhythmic dialogue. He’s also been compared to Buster Keaton and other silent film stars for his physical comedy, in particular the facial gestures and telling silences that follow many of his lines.