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COVID-19 survivor Jim Parsons: 'Sheldon Cooper is pandemic-proof!'

By Barry Viloria Published Sep 29, 2020 9:24 am

A year and a half since his hit sitcom The Big Bang Theory concluded, Jim Parsons gave us a bit of his well-loved, science-obsessed, unfathomably awkward character Sheldon Cooper on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Parsons guested in the show's recent episode virtually, talking about his lockdown experience so far.

Halfway through the conversation, next to greetings and reminiscences of both their blonde pasts, Parsons and Fallon chatted about the actor's show now off his routine following its almost 11 year-run.

Parsons, 47 and now based in New York with his husband Todd Spiewak, said it was "weird." Only to counter himself immediately, he said, "And It has been really hard to decide what is Big Bang being gone and what's it being now stuck in the quarantine (and) the world is in this weird time."

Apparently, Parsons contracted COVID-19 with Spiewak middle of March. The couple thought they were only going down with a cold, until they lost their sense of smell and taste together.

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Given the sentimental mood of our final taping, I am just mushy enough to post a pic of me and Todd from a party at Johnnys house after we shot the original, unaired pilot of Big Bang back in 2006. I’m also mushy enough to send a very specific Thank You to Todd who has truly been my main source of sanity and gravity through this whole wonderful yet crazy journey of the last 12 years.. I absolutely would not have been able to do it without him. No exaggeration. I love u, Todd! ❤️ (thank you for indulging my sentimental evening and love to u all❤️)

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The actor then narrated with a laugh how they pulled through with an appetite unencumbered by illness, "We ate everything, I just didn't taste it! You know, it was the definition of wasted calories!"

Parsons and Spiewak have since conquered the disease — which has infected 33.2 million and killed 1 million worldwide as of press time.

Parsons said he has since quarantined himself, and made use of the experience to learn new things like painting and creative writing.

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I hope everyone reading this is safe and healthy and not struggling for basic necessities... if you ARE fortunate enough to have your basic needs met and are looking to do something to help you maintain sanity, I wanted to recommend taking a class with @theartstudiony . They’re doing live classes via Zoom and, quite to my delight, I was not only able to figure out how to use Zoom, but I also painted this in the process! No museums are asking to display my first still life painting, but I feel just a LITTLE bit more peaceful from the process... and I got to see real life other people who were also taking the class - and real gift right now! That’s all - just a shout out of gratitude for the companionship and creative outlet and just spreading the word... link in bio ❤️

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The experience apparently made him more reflective, he said.

"The weirdest part for me was the way — and I'm sorry this sounds morbid — but (Big Bang ending) reminds me of when someone dies or a pet passes, and it feels so monumental in the moment. And you think, 'Well, this will ever end.' And then one day you kinda look up and you're like, 'Oh, nine months have gone by. Okay, I guess life carries on.'"

"It was bittersweet when it ended, but it was fine."

Fallon then brought up Parson's notoriously hypochondriac role, which spawned a spin-off on CBS in 2017 featuring a much younger Sheldon.

"A lot of people were talking on the internet of how Sheldon would handle the pandemic. What do you think would he be doing?" the host asked in jest.

"He was built for this!" Parsons promptly answered, with Fallon seen giggling. "I mean, this is the moment he was waiting for!"

"We had an entire episode which I didn't think about until recently, where he did, like, a Shell-bot where he had a video screen on a remote control wheelie thing. That was when people still needed to get together in groups. So, he would just send that out and sit in his room," he recalled Big Bang's season four episode The Cruciferous Vegetable Amplification. "'Don't touch me, don't sneeze on me.' So, I guess he'd be fine."

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It was really hard to pick the right pic for this post, so here is a shot of us in a hug after we filmed the last group scene we would ever film for the series... and TONIGHT is THE NIGHT... it’s the series finale at 8pm EST and then there’s the Young Sheldon (season!) finale, and then a special behind the scenes show hosted by @kaleycuoco and @sanctionedjohnnygalecki and then the entire cast is on @colbertlateshow I hope you get a chance to tune in and i hope you enjoy all of it. If you enjoy it even half as much as we’ve enjoyed (LOVED) creating this show for the past 12 years, then that’ll be a WHOLE WHOLE lot of enjoyment. All of us will miss seeing you in this format, but we will be around in all sorts of ways, I assure you... love love love ❤️❤️❤️

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For his role on Big Bang, Parsons has won four Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series Musical or Comedy. His decision to leave the show because of creative reasons led to it altogether closing the entire series summer last year.

He has since starred in Ryan Murphy's Hollywood while voicer-overing on Young Sheldon.

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