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Jim Parsons Says Being Gay Made Him a Better Actor

by Kevin Schattenkirk

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Tuesday November 10, 2020

Jim Parsons
Jim Parsons  (Source:Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

In a new interview, Jim Parsons contends that being gay has "helped me be a better actor," The Daily Mail reports.

The "Big Bang Theory" actor, who recently starred in the Broadway and film adaptations of "The Boys in the Band," explained that, as an out gay actor, "there's always more layers of yourself you can share."

"To suddenly be part of a large group that has been — and still is — maligned at times, with hateful things being said about them by other public figures - there was a sense of happiness and strength for me that I couldn't have predicted."

However, Parsons confessed that, in being out, "I'm still working out the far I grew up with, that by revealing who I really am, I will somehow lose the love of the people who are important to me."

Back in September, Parsons told Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show that he and his husband, Todd Spiewak, had contracted COVID-19 in March. "We didn't know what it was, we thought we had colds and then it seemed less likely, and then finally we lost all sense of smell and taste."

Kevin Schattenkirk is an ethnomusicologist and pop music aficionado.

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