The Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons, who plays the geeky Sheldon, is now on the record as a gay actor following an article on stage play Harvey published in the NY Times.
The NY Times journalist references an earlier play, gay drama The Normal Heart.
“The Normal Heart resonated with him on a few levels,” the Times’ Patrick Healy writes. “Mr. Parsons is gay and in a 10-year relationship, and working with an ensemble again onstage was like nourishment, he said.”
The reference is buried deep in the article so as not to make the point a “coming out” of sorts. But that hasn’t stopped other media from giving the news such a headline, including the Washington Post, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, MSNBC, Perez Hilton and many more.
As The Hollywood Reporter notes, some industry and online chatter today has argued that Parsons was never really “in,” openly and matter-of-factly addressing his relationship whenever it came up in his daily life and work. And it’s not the first time a reference to his sexuality has been made in a print publication. But compared to other primetime stars who identify as gay he has been extremely quiet on the topic.
Zachary Quinto similarly acknowledged questions about his sexuality in an interview to New York magazine.