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Gay at the Emmys: Jim Parsons ‘overwhelmed’ as a double Emmy nominee

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On Thursday, Jim Parsons was rewarded for his acting versatility as he received Emmy nominations as Best Lead Actor in a Comedy for his role as Sheldon Cooper on CBS’s “The Big Band Theory,” as well as an Emmy nod for Best Supporting Actor in a Movie or Miniseries for his role on “The Normal Heart.” In an interview with Entertainment Tonight on Friday, Parsons talked about the “overwhelming” feeling of being nominated for two roles he holds close to his heart.

Parsons, who is one of 16 nominations for “The Normal Heart,” is being recognized for the first time for a dramatic role. Known for his role as Sheldon on the hit CBS comedy, Parsons was out to prove that he could also deliver in a dramatic role. The 2014 Emmy Awards will present “The Normal Heart” star to walk away with two individual Emmys this year, an accomplishment that will hold great significance for Parsons. He told ET, “I never expected anything like this and it was a hell of a morning because of it.”

Ryan Murphy’s adaptation of the Larry Kramer Tony Award-winning Broadway play has become an important project for many of the actors involved. Matt Bomer, Mark Ruffalo, and Julia Roberts have all received nominations for their performances and all hold the movie close to their heart. Parsons shared that pride, saying, “Everybody was so proud of this movie that was a part of it. It could not feel better to have it recognized by our peers.”

Parsons is proud of his role as AIDS activist Tommy Boatwright, a role he also played on Broadway. As that role delivered a dramatic effect, the “Big Bang Theory” star is just as proud of the comedic effect the character of Sheldon leaves on viewers. He told Deadline.com that Sheldon’s popularity can be credited to the magic released from the pens of the writers that really brings the character alive and keeps him evolving.

“The magical way in which the writers have handled the advancement of his relationship with Amy. It ain’t easy running their progress with these two love birds without alienating the viewers. But the writers do it so well, even in such moments like a kiss.”

But what drives the characters of Tommy in “The Normal Heart” and Sheldon in “The Big Bang Theory” is the passion in which Parsons plays the role. His delivery, technique and connection with his characters are just a few of the reasons Parsons is being recognized with Emmy nominations. He has already won for his role as Sheldon, so bringing home an Emmy for his dramatic role will mean so much more to an actor showing off his acting range.

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