By Tim Kenneally
Jim Parsons, who plays super-nerd Sheldon on the CBS hit “The Big Bang Theory,” came out as gay in a most low-key way last year.
As far as he’s concerned the reaction to his revelation was pretty low-key too — and that’s a good thing.
Parsons appears in Out magazine for its Out 100 list — the actor was named Entertainer of the Year — and discussed the public response to his coming out. Or, rather, the lack of response.
“It didn’t think it was still that much hoopla, and that was really kind of rewarding,” Parsons told the magazine. “That’s progress — progress I’m really happy to be a part of, making what was extraordinary ordinary without being boring, for God’s sake.”
Though Parsons had never been particularly secretive about his sexuality, a New York Times profile on Parsons last year confirmed that the actor is gay. Discussing his role in the play “The Normal Heart” — Parsons played young gay activist Tommy Boatwright — the profile noted, “‘The Normal Heart’ resonated with him on a few levels. Mr. Parsons is gay and in a 10-year relationship, and working with an ensemble again onstage was like nourishment,” he said.