Jim Parsons recently opened up about the contract negotiations that he and some of his Big Bang Theory co-stars went through, and he said that he’s happy that things worked out. According to Entertainment Weekly, the actor said that the stories about the cast leaving the show if they didn’t get the money that they wanted were a bit inflated. Apparently, Jim never had plans to leave Sheldon Cooper behind.
“I always thought everything would be worked out by the start date [July 30]. When it wasn’t, it certainly wasn’t a good feeling, but there was absolutely no getting around the fact that everything had to be dealt with and finished before we could get back. You see the word ‘strike’—’They’re walking out!’—but there was nothing to walk out from. That’s always hard, because part of you wants to explain to people what’s really going on. ‘Don’t worry, we’re not leaving, we want to do the show.'”
Of course, Jim Parsons remains somewhat humble in regard to his new — million dollar per episode — contract.
“I came from a family in Texas who simply never spoke about money. When suddenly everybody is guessing, or some even getting close, to the ballpark of what you’re earning—well, that’s interesting, that everyone knows what you make. It is what it is, and the job is so wonderful that those minor oddities are well worth the ride.”
Jim Parsons also talked about getting an Emmy nomination. Although this wasn’t his first, he says that he’s still excited, and quite honored. He says that he feels like people are going to get tired of him, so the nominations almost mean more to him each year. Of course, he’s right… not that people are going to get tired of him, but that nominations each year for the same role suggests that the actor is doing something really right.
“To be nominated again for Big Bang, is at least as touching to me, if not more so now, than it was the first time. Look, I’m only human and therefore there’s a part of me that’s waiting for people to say, ‘Enough of you!'”
In honor of The Big Bang Theory’s Emmy nomination (for best comedy series) The Hollywood Reporter counted down the cast’s seven best moments from Season 7. Of course, last season’s ratings were pretty impressive, which is likely why the lead cast members were able to ink such huge deals during the aforementioned negotiations.
Jim Parsons was also in the news earlier this week due to engagement rumors floating around the internet. According to The Inquisitr, Parsons debunked the rumors himself, with the following Instagram message.
“Me and Todd in 2003. Still very happy today… And NOT engaged! #justFYI #NationalEnquirerMakesS**tUp #duh.”
[Photo courtesy of Reuters via Latinos Post]