Jim Parsons has revealed that he feared he “might cause trouble” if he came out as gay while shooting The Big Bang Theory.
Parsons, 47, played the role of Sheldon Cooper on the CBS sitcom from 2007 to 2019. He didn’t speak publicly about his sexuality until 2012, six years into The Big Bang Theory’s 12-season run.
The star came out as gay in an interview with the New York Times, casually revealing that he had been in a loving relationship with a man for 10 years. “I was 33 when I started doing The Big Bang Theory, and things started to become much higher-profile very quickly. So I wasn’t some spring chicken,” he told The Hollywood Reporter.