Jim Parsons: Bring On The 'Gay Rom-Coms'
Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons sat down with Stephen Colbert of The Late Show to chat on his starring role in the Broadway revival of the groundbreaking play, The Boys in the Band.
After being asked whether the play needs to be updated for an audience today, Parsons pointed to the recent coming-out movie, Love, Simon, as proof that we need all kinds of LGBTQ representation in entertainment today.
“I read a couple of articles that were essentially saying – I loved it, by the way - but there were a couple articles that were like, ‘that’s too late.’ That we were beyond this now, the kind of tale of coming out that this was. And I thought, ‘Maybe if you’re a 30-something writer living in New York or LA it may be like ‘I don’t need to see this’, obviously. But, I don’t know, I think there are people in many other places that, yes you do still need to see it.”
Parsons also called out the silly idea it’s now “too late” for a gay rom-com:
“Never mind the fact they’re saying ‘a gay rom-com - it’s too late.’ Tell that to When Harry Met Sally, you know, which was brilliant, but I’m saying, ‘How many straight rom-coms do we need? When is it too late for them?’ You know, here’s nothing wrong with them. They’re fine. They are lovely. And I love When Harry Met Sally, I don’t know. Let me get sick of too many gay rom-coms thank you very much. Bring it on. We’ll see.”
Watch the exchange below.