Big Bang’s Jim Parsons Talks About “Young Sheldon”

The much anticipated The Big Bang Theory spinoff, Young Sheldon will premiere Monday, September 25. Both shows were created by executive producers Chuck Lorre and Steve Molaro.

Earlier this year, fans got a sneak peek of the set and the show’s adorable star Iain Armitage, who plays the young Sheldon Cooper. The prequel follows young Sheldon and is narrated by Jim Parsons, who played adult Sheldon and is also the spinoff’s executive producer.

Portraying the 9-year-old nerdy genius was a bit of a challenge as some qualities that were portrayed by adult Sheldon simply don’t translate well to a young child. For example, while adult Sheldon can be horrible to his best friends but still be loved by the audience, the same behavior would simply make a child look bratty. At the Television Critics Association press tour, Lorre said that a decision was made to have the young Sheldon simply be naïve and nerdy rather than a cynical young boy.

Parsons said that watching a younger version of the character which he played for ten years was a revitalizing and fun experience.

Fans might be expecting some cameo performances, however, Lorre said that as of now, nothing like that has been planned. He added that perhaps some plot lines on the prequel will resonate in Big Bang, somewhat of a ripple effect as the shows will go forward in time.