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Jim Parsons has revealed that he and his partner, Todd Spiewak, contracted the novel coronavirus in the middle of March, telling The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon that the experience “defied the descriptions.”
During an appearance to discuss his upcoming Netflix film The Boys in the Band, Parsons shared that he and his husband believed they had colds until they began to experience more specific COVID-19 symptoms. “Todd and I both had it early on. It was like … middle of March,” Parsons explained. “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.”
The Hollywood actor said that the two had “utterly” lost both senses. “It defied the descriptions for me. I didn’t realize how completely taste and smell could be gone,” Parsons said.
The loss of two senses complicated things in quarantine for Parsons “when there’s really nothing to do but eat,” with the actor admitting that the symptoms resulted in “a lot of wasted calories.” In addition to wasted meals, Parsons shared that he also wasted time as he was generally unable to complete anything he took up as a distraction, including painting and writing.
“I don’t know if the truth is, ‘Well, you’re just an actor and that’s what you do and that’s what you should do,’ or if it’s just I really don’t have the see-through stick-to-itness for anything,” the Boys in the Band star explained. “It’s sort of embarrassing but, you know, here I am.”
While Parsons might not be built for quarantine, the Emmy-winning actor said his Big Bang Theory character Sheldon would be thriving right now. The Big Bang Theory actor defined his character as taking a general “don’t touch me, don’t sneeze on me” approach, before referencing how Sheldon once attached a video screen to a remote-controlled robot and had it attend gatherings while he stayed inside his room.
“He was built for this. This is the moment he was waiting for,” Parsons declared.
Watch the entire segment below.
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