Mayim Bialik explains why Jim Parsons was so good as Sheldon

Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik explains why Jim Parsons was so good at playing Sheldon, despite not being a real-world scientist like her.

Mayim Bialik explained why Jim Parsons was so good at playing Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory. As one of the show’s original characters, Parsons, alongside Johnny Galecki, were the only two actors left after the hit sitcom’s original pilot was reworked. Bialik played Amy Fowler, a neurologist who meets Parsons’ Sheldon Cooper through Raj and Howard, and the two were eventually married.

It’s been almost three years since The Big Bang Theory ended, although it is still popular. His home network, CBS, wanted to continue the series and planned to renew it for seasons 13 and 14. However, Parsons wanted to leave The Big Bang Theory after season 12, believing it was time to move on from the character of Sheldon and his beloved friends. Deciding not to proceed with an incomplete cast, the Parsons co-stars eventually agreed to end the series together after The Big Bang Theory season 12. However, thanks to reruns and availability on various streaming platforms, the show’s popularity lives on and Sheldon remains a fan favorite.

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During his recent appearance on THR Top 5 podcast, Bialik (who is a real-life neuroscientist in addition to being an actor) explained why Parsons played the character so well, despite not being a real scientist like her. The actress simply credited the fact that her co-star was a great actor, especially since it was difficult to memorize his often convoluted, science-based lines. Read his full comment below:

“So yeah, you obviously don’t have to be a neuroscientist to play one on TV. It helps more in terms of memorization, but Jim Parsons, he’s clearly not a brilliant physicist and he’s a phenomenal actor.”


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While The Big Bang Theory was technically an ensemble show, its real lead has always been Sheldon. Over the years, this has become clearer as the sitcom gradually shifts its storytelling to focus on both the character’s personal and professional life. In fact, a large part of The Big Bang TheoryThe final season 12 of was about him and his bid to win the Nobel Prize in Physics. CBS even hosted a unique crossover with TBBT prequel series Young Sheldon, which saw George (Lance Barber) and Georgie (Montana Jordan) appear in the nerd-centric sitcom. However, while his character proved popular, the decision to center the show’s narrative around Sheldon was divisive, as many viewers felt it did the rest of the show. The Big Bang Theory cast supporting characters instead of major players.


The Big Bang Theory may be over, but fans can still enjoy Parsons’ Sheldon story through Young Sheldon. While Iain Armitage plays the younger version of the character, Parsons provides the narration for each episode. Several actors from the original series also had voice cameos in the prequel, including Bialik, who reprized her role as Amy to reveal that she and Sheldon now have a son named Leonard Cooper. Ultimately, Parsons and his co-stars’ memorable performances on The Big Bang Theory will go down in sitcom history, and it’s heartwarming to hear that their work was not only respected and appreciated by audiences, but by each other as well.


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Source: THR Top 5

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