Jim Parsons reveals he had COVID-19: 'It defied the descriptions for me'

Kylie Mar
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Watch: Jim Parsons explains his experience of the coronavirus

On The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Monday night, actor Jim Parsons, who is best known for his role as Sheldon Cooper on the hit CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory, revealed he and husband Todd Spiewak had COVID-19 in March.

While Parsons hadn't told anybody about his diagnosis prior to his appearance on the late night show, the actor told host Jimmy Fallon, "I figure, you know, why not talk about it with you on television."

"We had it. Todd and I both had it early on. It was, like, middle of March," Parsons told Fallon. "We didn't know what it was. We thought we had colds, and then it seemed less likely, and then, finally, we lost our sense of smell and taste."

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Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak arrive at the 2015 GLSEN Respect Awards on Friday, October 23, 2015 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak arrive at the 2015 GLSEN Respect Awards on Friday, October 23, 2015 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

"It defied the descriptions for me. I didn't realise how, completely, taste and smell could be gone. And when you're in quarantine, and there is really nothing to do but eat – oh my God that was brutal," added Parsons.

The actor shared that, while recovering in quarantine, he picked up some new creative hobbies like a painting class and a creative writing class. However, "everything petered out" for him. Fortunately, Parsons and Spiewak have since completely recovered and are back to being healthy. 

Parsons won four Emmy awards and a Golden Globe for his role as Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory, which went on for 12 seasons before ending in May of 2019. Since the start of quarantine, some fans have wondered how Sheldon, a self-proclaimed germaphobe, would handle the coronavirus pandemic, with some even saying he's been ready for this since 2010.

On Monday, Parsons confirmed what fans had already theorised, as he stated, "He was built for this. I mean, this is the moment he was waiting for. I was saying earlier, we had an entire episode, which I didn't think about until recently, where he did, like, a Shell-bot where he had a video screen on a remote control wheelie thing. That was when people still needed to get together in groups. So, he would just send that out and sit in his room." 

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"Don't touch me, don't sneeze on me. So, I guess he'd be fine," Parsons concluded.