Jim Parsons has become a household name thanks to the phenomenal success of 'The Big Bang Theory'. Even if people don't watch the show, everyone's heard of it - and its star, Jim Parsons a.k.a. Dr. Sheldon Cooper. By rights, Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki are also the main leads, and the show is definitely an ensemble show. However, a large part of the show's popularity rests on Parsons' ability to play his character to impeccable comedy.
Parsons had a recent interview with the LA Magazine, where he describes how much moving to Los Angeles and getting cast in the Big Bang Theory changed his life. He says, "There’s just no telling when or if your number will be called. So when I was flown out to L.A. to audition for several pilots, I was shocked and I was frightened, but most important, I was dirt-poor. Ultimately, moving to West Hollywood and being cast on The Big Bang Theory changed my life."
Parsons is also incredibly selective when it comes to making his career decisions outside the Big Bang Theory. The success of the show has offered him the financial stability to make his own choices and forge his own path, and he has largely stuck to theater for the past few hiatuses. However, he has a few new projects in the can for next year: an animated film called 'Happy Smekday!', co-starring Rihanna, and a TV movie called 'The Normal Heart'.
'Happy Smekday!' is set for release in late 2014, and it's about 'a group of aliens seek refuge from their enemies by hiding out on Earth.' The Normal Heart, on the other hand, will be directed by Ryan Murphy and has a pretty high profile cast for a TV movie. It's about a gay activist's struggle to raise awareness about HIV during the early 1980s. In addition to Parsons, it stars Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Alec Baldwin, Julia Roberts, and Mark Ruffalo. The film is in pre-production and will come out sometime in 2014.