Jim Parsons needs no introduction as he gained popularity with his character Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory. However, the star has revealed that he has previously auditioned for another superhit sitcom.
The actor took to social media to reveal that he had previously auditioned for The Office when he was promoting his new Fox show, Call Me Kat. Although he did not reveal which character he auditioned for, he admitted to having underestimated the show.
He revealed that he underrated how successful the show would be before it went on air. ‘I was like, “How stupid, it’s about an office – if America wanted their own office show, they would have already made it by now,”‘ said The Boys in the Band star actor, according to Deadline.
The Office is widely popular and a superhit sitcom which went on air n ABC from 2005 until 2015. This put Steve Carell, Mindy Kaling, John Krasinki and Rainn Wilson, and other cast members in demand. The show also received wins at the Emmys and still continues to be a hit among viewers through streaming platforms like Netflix.
However, Jim is no less popular as he went ahead to become a member of The Big Bang Theory. His show went on to have 12 seasons and he is currently collaborating with Mayim Bialik. The actor was one of his co-stars as he works with him on the series, Call Me Kat.
Jim Pays Tribute To His Big Bang Theory
The new show is adapted from a British show called BBC Miranda. The actor is also the executive producer of the show along with his husband, Todd Spiewak. ‘I’m watching the rehearsals, I’m watching the tapings and I’m watching the shows and I’m like “this works,”‘ he said. ‘I don’t know if thousands of other people will like it, but it’s good.’
Jim applauded his Big Bang Theory co-stars in May 2018 in an Instagram post. It was with a shot in which the actor posed with Bialik, Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, and Melissa Rauch. He wrote how grateful he is for the cast in the picture as well as the cast members who are not present in it.
The actor added whether it was one scene or many episodes and described them as his playmates that he deeply loves. He shared that the cast has become a part of his life on set and off.
He continued: “You are my playmates when we don’t feel like playing but have to; because it’s our job to get out there and communicate and pretend we’re these other fictional people; and we look into each other’s eyes and say these words and end up creating this weird, other reality; that has enriched my life more than I will fully ever understand.”
The actor further shared how much he misses all of them more than he can say and more than he knows. Jim Parsons revealed back in August as he opened up about the series of events that resulted in him leaving The Big Bang Theory after 12 seasons.
Jim On Series of Events Which Led Him To Quit Big Bang Theory
Speaking to former Doctor Who stars, David Tennant for an episode of his podcast, David Tennant Does a Podcast With…, Jim tearfully recalled the “complicated road” that led him to quit the CBS sitcom.
Parsons started playing Sheldon Cooper in 2007 alongside a cast that included Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Mayim Bialik, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, and Melissa Rauch. While Parsons admitted to having “suspicion in my heart” that his two-year contract for seasons 11 and 12 of the sitcom would be his last, that idea didn’t solidify until the penultimate season taped its final episode.
“That summer I went to New York to do Boys in the Band on Broadway and I think anything I felt got affirmed,” he said. “It was a very intense summer. Partly because of the part and the experience of doing the play, but more because [I was so busy].”
One day after wrapping season 11 of Big Bang, Parsons flew to New York for Broadway rehearsals. Not even a week later, he was in previews of Boys in the Band. Though his day off fell on Sundays, he didn’t get to rest that first week. “On that Sunday that I had my first day off, I shot a commercial,” he recalled. “I had a contract with Intel and so I scheduled that, I was exhausted.”
On top of his exhaustion from working, Parsons was “more than anything” upset about his and his husband, Todd Spiewak’s, 14-year-old dog’s declining health.
“I Just Started Crying”
“I’ll never forget that walk around the park to let him go to the bathroom before we went to the commercial. He just looked so bad and I was so tired and Todd was like, ‘We’ve got to go. We’ve scheduled this. They fit everything around your schedule.’ And I just started crying,” Parsons admitted through tears. “It makes me upset now. I was like, ‘This dog’s gonna die while I’m off working. I feel so bad.’”
“So I went and did the commercial, I came back, and then Monday I went to do the play and he had a really bad seizure that night, so I knew that we had to make a decision. We called somebody and the person comes to put the dog to sleep at home,” he continued. “So that happened Tuesday. It really upset me. Still does.”
After his dog’s death, Parson had six Broadway performances to get through until his next day off, but that proved to be a challenge. “I was in the Saturday matinee and I kept thinking, ‘I don’t know how I’m going to get to the end of this performance.’ I was just so beaten down,” he said. “But I did.”
When he got back to L.A. to film what would become the final season of The Big Bang Theory, Parsons explained the reasons behind his decision to creator Chuck Lorre and writer, Steve Molaro.
“I said, ‘If you told me that like my father I had six years left to live, I think there are other things I need to try and do. I don’t know what they are, but I can tell that I need to try,’” he said. “It was a kind of clarity thrust upon you, as Shakespeare might have said… I was like, ‘OK. Let’s take charge here.’ And so that’s exactly what happened.”