Is Jim Parsons as smart as Sheldon Cooper in real life?
Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images Jim Parsons played genius Sheldon Cooper on T The Big Bang Theory for a whopping 12 years from 2007 to 2019. Cooper has an I.Q. of 187, which makes the character a certified genius. Is Parsons as brilliant off-screen as his character on screen? Maybe, maybe not.
Parsons admits that the science in the show is way out of his league, but that it is correct. “The science part is extremely simple if you know why it’s authentic. We employ David Saltzberg, a physicist who teaches at UCLA,” Parsons told NPR. “He not only verifies the facts, but also provides a lot of [the material]. We need Sheldon to talk about something or teach Penny something, and [Salzberg will] come up with something. He’s going to put this diagram on this white board and he’s going to make little inside jokes that I don’t find funny because I don’t know what the hell he’s talking about. ”
This does not mean that Parsons is a dummy – on the contrary. Although he is not an astrophysicist, he is a brilliant actor who has won several Emmys and a number of other awards – including several Critics’ Choice Awards and a Golden Globe – for the role of Sheldon. He also holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston, Parade Reports, and a master’s degree in classical theater from the University of San Diego.
One way Parsons can be more intelligent than his character is emotionally and socially: Cooper is notoriously awkward and socially clueless, which Parsons said he loved to act. “For my money, one of my favorite moods is that people don’t understand the situation and get involved,” he said playing Variety Cooper. “And as an actor it’s really fun to do that, to say inappropriate things and honestly have a character who’s honest and doesn’t try to be mean.”
If you ask Parsons himself if he’s as smart as his famous character, he’ll confirm that Sheldon Cooper is much more of a bookie than he is. He then told co-anchor Chris Wragge on CBS The Early Showthat Sheldon is much brighter than him, but made it clear: “I’m not stupid. But I am not a genius.”
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