Proud of being nominated for his role in HBO movie "The Normal Heart."
With the Emmy Awards coming up on Monday, Jim Parsons, who plays the iconic character Sheldon on the hit CBS series "The Big Bang Theory," gave more insight into what went on behind the scenes to lead to an end for the contract dispute.
Parsons along with co-stars Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco were in contract negotiations for a pay raise and ended up getting the amount they wanted earlier in August. They will each be paid $1 million per episode and got the back-end profit deals they were hoping for. Once Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar got their raise as well, production on season eight started on Aug. 6.
"I came from a family in Texas who simply never spoke about money," he says. "When suddenly everybody is guessing, or some even getting close, to the ballpark of what you're earning—well, that's interesting, that everyone knows what you make. It is what it is, and the job is so wonderful that those minor oddities are well worth the ride."
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly this week, Parsons said he had hoped that the issue would have been solved by July 30. After the date passed, Parsons admitted he was a bit nervous about the show being put on hold longer than he expected, but never doubted that the contract would be resolved in the end.
"I always thought everything would be worked out by the start date (July 30)," he told EW.
"When it wasn't, it certainly wasn't a good feeling, but there was absolutely no getting around the fact that everything had to be dealt with and finished before we could get back." He says reports of the dispute were overblown. "You see the word 'strike'—'They're walking out!'—but there was nothing to walk out from," he says with a laugh. "That's always hard, because part of you wants to explain to people what's really going on. 'Don't worry, we're not leaving, we want to do the show."
Parsons is also up for more awards in relation to his character on the number one comedy show on TV, along with his role in the HBO movie "The Normal Heart," where he played the character Tommy Boatwright.
As for his nomination for "Normal Heart," "I would be lying if I said it didn't feel really good to know that people had seen and thought it was also good work, because again, it is such a different ball of wax from the life of Sheldon."