Jim Parsons waves goodbye to Sheldon Cooper in unrecognisable photoshoot
It’s fair to say Jim Parsons is putting his days as Sheldon Cooper behind him, if his latest photoshoot is anything to by.
The actor, 47, who is best known for playing The Big Bang Theory‘s much loved character, couldn’t have looked more different from Sheldon while posing on the cover of L’Officiel Australia.
The shoot sees Jim rocking a much sleeker style – ditching Sheldon’s t-shirt over a long-sleeved top trademark look for tailored suits and trainers, and his short dark hair for longer, tousled blonde locks instead.
Jim shared some of the snaps of him looking all chic to his Instagram page, thanking those involved in the shoot as he distracted his followers with some ‘non-voting news’ amid the US election.
He captioned his post: ‘ In non-voting news, huge thank you to @lofficielau for putting me on their cover and letting me go in depth about “Boys in the Band.” And an EXTRA special thank you to @mikeruizone for making still photography easy and enjoyable – you are fantastic, @mikeruizone Oh, and @718blonde you’re not so bad yourself with these incredible duds 😘 Now… GO VOTE 💕 🇺🇸.’
The photos certainly caught the eye of Jim’s former TBBT co-star Kunal Nayyar, who played Raj Koothrappali on the series that ended last year, as he gave his seal of approval by commenting: ‘Mamamamamamaamamaam mia!’
Wil Wheaton, who played himself on TBBT, went with a heart-eyed emoji to show he was also a fan.
The shoot was in aid of Jim’s new role in the Netflix adaptation of Broadway musical The Boys in the Band, that follows a group of gay friends as they reunite to celebrate one of their birthdays – but, the evening is thrown into turmoil when the host’s roommate turns up.
The Netflix movie stars the same cast as the 2018 revival of the Broadway musical, with Jim reprising his role as Michael – the host of the party.
Speaking about his character and the struggle he faces over his sexuality, Jim revealed that he ‘identifies’ with Michael, but feels ‘very fortunate’ to live in a different time where he doesn’t have to deal with ‘so much overt shaming’.
The star explained that playing Michael has been ‘therapeutic’ for him, as he said: ‘Undeniably, I bring more of myself than I am aware of to any role that I play and for me to portray a gay man at a certain time of his life, well, obviously there is going to be some profound overlap.
‘Michael is a man who has been told by the world he lives in again and again and in a multitude of ways every day that he is not good enough, that he is, in fact, a disgusting freak simply for being a homosexual… Have I ever personally felt the intensity of shame and anger that Michael does from being gay? I am inclined to say no, I have not, if for no other reason than I logically can see that I grew up in and live in a world that has grown kinder to homosexuals in the years since this role was written.’
Adding that he has, however, experienced ‘echoes of shame and anger’, Jim added: ‘There is surely a level that this project was therapeutic for me.’
The Boys in the Band landed on Netflix in September and also stars the likes of Matt Bomer, Charlie Carver, Brian Hutchison, Michael Benjamin Washington and Tuc Watkins.
The movie is directed by Joe Mantello and Ryan Murphy, who is one of the Glee creators and worked with Jim on Netflix series Hollywood, is listed as a producer.
The Boys in the Band is available to watch on Netflix now.
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