Out100: Jim Parsons - Entertainer of the Year
“I was very conscious in 2013 to try to enjoy every month, every week at a time, as much as I could,” says Parsons, coming off his third Emmy win for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for The Big Bang Theory.You can’t blame the Houston native for attempting to take a moment to stop and smell the roses — he’s been busy. Following the sixth season of the TV series, he filmed the Ryan Murphy–directed version of The Normal Heart for HBO.
“It’s been a very different process than doing the play of it, but it’s been similar in the camaraderie you immediately feel.”
In a recent New York Times profile, it was rather casually mentioned that Parsons is gay. He describes the reaction as minor Internet-related chatter. “I didn’t think it was still that much hoopla, and that was really kind of rewarding. That’s progress — progress I’m really happy to be a part of, making what was extraordinary ordinary without being boring, for God’s sake.”
As with many actors, becoming one was a childhood dream of Parsons’s. But it wasn’t an idle one — he’s been doing his homework forever. “I sat in front of the TV a decent amount, more than I probably should have, like a lot of children,” he says. “In my case, it turns out I was learning something that I’m putting to use. When I said I don’t need math, I meant it. Give me Three’s Company.”
Jim Parsons & Todd Spiewak accept GLSEN’s Inspiration Award
"I’ve never considered my relationship with Todd an act of activism, rather it’s an act of love.” - Jim Parsons
Actor Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak arrive at the 9th Annual GLSEN Respect Awards at Beverly Hills Hotel on October 18, 2013
Television’s biggest night took place in Century Park, CA this Saturday, September 21st, where the entertainment industry came together for the seventh annual “Evening Before” party, benefitting the MPTF (Motion Picture & Television Fund).
The television industry, from Emmy presenters and nominees, to other TV industry members, helped raise funds to support the MPTF and its numerous programs and services the fund provides for its more than 60,000 members of the entertainment industry.
The Seventh Annual Evening Before’s Host Committee consisted of Christina Applegate, Will Arnett, Emily Blunt & John Krasinski, Julie Bowen, Connie Britton, Ty Burrell, Claire Danes & Hugh Dancy, Jeff Daniels, Robin Dearden & Bryan Cranston,Zooey Deschanel, Michelle Dockery, Lena Dunham, Tina Fey, Mariska Hargitay & Peter Hermann, Julia Louis-Dreyfus & Brad Hall, Julianna Margulies, Melissa McCarthy & Ben Falcone, Helen McCrory & Damien Lewis, Seth Meyers, Elisabeth Moss, Jim Parsons, Aaron Paul, Matthew Rhys, Keri Russell, Eric Stonestreet, Emily VanCamp, Kerry Washington and Jennifer Westfeldt& Jon Hamm. The Executive Host Committee includes JJ Abrams, Chris Albrecht, Len Amato, Kary Antholis, Matthew C. Blank, Linda & Jerry Bruckheimer, Charlie Collier, Roma Downey & Mark Burnett, Nancy Dubuc, Robert Greenblatt, Bonnie Hammer,Ted Harbert, Doug Herzog, Steve Koonin, John Landgraf, Paul Lee, Michael Lombardo, Julie & Les Moonves, Steve Mosko, Sue Naegle, Gary Newman, Richard Pleper, Peter Rice, Peter Roth, Josh Sapan, Ted Sarandos, Ryan Seacrest, Anne Sweeney,Dana Walden, Dick Wolf, Michael Wright, Lauren Zalaznick, Cyma Zarghami and David Zaslav.
This year’s presenting sponsors were essie, PEOPLE magazine and Target, with additional support from platinum sponsors including AMC Networks and Netflix.
"We are so happy this event is in its seventh year. It truly shows how the television community supports MPTF’s mission. We are grateful to our sponsors as well, for making this night possible," said Ken Scherer, CEO of the MPTF Foundation.
Among the celebrities who attended this year’s event were Shohreh Aghdashloo, Tim Allen, Morena Baccarin, Scott Bakula,William Baldwin, Greg Berlanti, Mayim Bialik, Matt Bomer, Powers Boothe, Alison Brie, Beau Bridges, Dan Bucatinsky, Rose Byrne, Jim Carter, Anna Chlumsky, James Cromwell, Jon Cryer, Whitney Cummings, Laura Dern, Taye Diggs, Nina Dobrev,Michael Douglas, Adam Driver, Edie Falco, Anna Faris, Vera Farmiga, Nathan Fillion, Michael J. Fox, Rupert Friend, Tony Goldwyn, Max Greenfield, Chelsea Handler, Marcia Gay Harden, Kit Harrington, Simon Helberg, John Benjamin Hickey, Freddie Highmore, Sarah Hyland, Allison Janney, Mindy Kaling, Alex Karpovsky, Jane Krakowski, Padma Lakshmi, Ali Larter, Melissa Leo, Natasha Lyonne, Joe Mantegna, Margo Martindale, Jack McBrayer, Mary McDonnell, Joel McHale, Christopher Meloni,Stephen Merchant, Shemar Moore, Peter Morgan, Chris Noth, Jessica Pare, Mandy Patinkin, Zac Posen, Pablo Schreiber, Michael Sheen, Molly Sims, Alexander Skarsgard, Cobie Smulders, Kevin Spacey, David Spade, Toby Stephens, Charlize Theron, Robin Tunney, Jon Voight, Matthew Weiner, Allison Williams, and Robin Wright, among many others.
Read the full press release here
GLSEN Respect Awards 2013 Inspiration Award: Todd Spiewak & Jim Parsons
Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak love the opportunity to support causes they believe in and, of course, GLSEN is one of their favorites. Living in Los Angeles with their dogs, Otis and Rufus, Jim’s work on the CBS show “The Big Bang Theory,” has earned him two Emmys® and a Golden Globe®. Parsons has also been featured in films such as “Garden State” and “The Muppets”. He will next be seen in the upcoming HBO film “The Normal Heart” with Mark Ruffalo and Julia Roberts and is currently in production on the animated film “Home”. He has always loved working in the theater and recently appeared on Broadway for the Roundabout Theater in “Harvey,” and in the stage production of “The Normal Heart.”
Todd Spiewak has a BFA in Graphic Design from Boston University and has worked extensively in the field designing successful campaigns for clients including American Express, Barnes & Noble, HP, KitchenAid and The New York Times. Recently he and Jim formed their production company, That’s Wonderful Productions, and Todd is now actively seeking homes for projects ranging from television series to movies to theater.
Parsons is currently on the east coast, reprising an old Broadway role in Ryan Murphy’s adaptation of The Normal Heart, a drama about the ’80s AIDS crisis. “It’s been so wonderful to do something so divergent from the day job, as it were,” he says — especially because of the TV movie’s heavy subject matter, which tends to “create immediate camaraderie.” It might also lead to more Emmy victories next year, though Parsons isn’t counting his chickens. “The work I’ve watched has been stellar, so it wouldn’t surprise me if come awards time there was some recognition,” he says — adding, diplomatically, “but you just never know.” [X]