Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons: It was ‘wonderful’ to come out so easily

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Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons has said he found it “wonderful” that he was able to come out with minimal fanfare.

The actor, who plays Sheldon on the CBS sitcom, is thought to be the highest paid gay actor in Hollywood.

He came out in 2012, when he was described as gay by The New York Times ahead of appearing in AIDS drama The Normal Heart.

Speaking on Inside the Actors Studio, Parsons – who had thanked his boyfriend Todd Spiewak in awards speeches before coming out – said it was a “gift” that the process was so smooth.

According to E! Online, he said: “I never had a coming out piece, I just didn’t mention it.

“I took Todd with me to events… and then finally one day while working on Harvey I did a piece with Patrick Healy for The New York Times and he just point-blank asked, ‘Was working on The Normal Heart meaningful to you as a gay man?’

“And I was like, ‘Well, yeah. Yeah.’ And what a wonderful… I can’t tell you what a wonderful thing that was, what a gift he gave me with one question.

“It was suddenly out there and official.”

The actor was recently added to the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

He joked: “It is a funny place to honour anyone! ‘We will put your name right on the ground.’ And if there is gum there? Come on, it is the ground!”