‘Big Bang Theory’: Jim Parsons Calls Sheldon ‘Surprisingly Easy’ To Play

The Big Bang Theory‘s Sheldon Cooper, played by Jim Parsons, is one of the main reasons the show continues to thrive on Thursday nights. For Parsons however, who’s won an Emmy for his role as Sheldon Cooper, the socially awkward brainiac, it’s not really difficult at all to play the role. Jim stopped by the Today Show earlier in the week to discuss portraying The Big Bang Theory‘s fan favorite geek Sheldon Cooper:

“It’s surprisingly easy. I think that the writing is really good, and I think that there’s undeniably part of myself that understands what it is to feel outsidery. Probably everybody does. I think that’s part of the reason the show’s so successful. But if you’re just willing to access that and tap into that, it’s not hard at all to feel like ‘no one understands me.'”

As reported by Inquisitr, The Big Bang Theory topped the ratings for Thursday yet again behind a supposed Valentines Day break-up rumored to take place between Parson’s Sheldon Cooper and his onscreen girlfriend Amy, played by Mayim Bialik. Thursday’s episode, titled Table Polarization, picked up the cliffhanger involving the two characters, who’d kissed at the end of a Valentines Day episode weeks earlier.

When Sheldon’s Big Bang Theory co-stars Leonard and Penny buy a new table, it transforms into a heated debate about how girlfriends can change the other person in the relationship. Reminded that Sheldon has been changed by Amy, he storms off to break up with her. Amy however, turns the tables on Sheldon, leaving The Big Bang Theory‘s quirkiest relationship in a happy place as we head into next week.

Jim Parsons meanwhile can leave Sheldon Cooper behind for the moment as he gears up to host Saturday Night Live this weekend. When asked about the iconic gig The Big Bang Theory actor admitted it was intimidating:

“It feels like I’m ruining the club that they created. You know what I mean? You grow up going, ‘That’s some Hollywood royalty that gets to host that.’ (But) apparently I was wrong, ’cause here I am.”

And while many actors may dread the words “Live TV” don’t add Parsons to that list. Jim sites his Big Bang Theory and theater experiences as to why he won’t be nervous when the red light flashes:

“We tape [The Big Bang Theory] live, and while you do get a chance to go over your mistakes there, should you make one, we are doing it live. And I love theater. I’ve done theater all my life. So this is… not that it’s like theater. It’s different, but live is fun.”

Watch The Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons host SNL this Saturday, March 1st at 11:30 p.m. on NBC. Meanwhile, The Big Bang Theory airs Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. on CBS.