Question: People talk about your physical comedy -- when you see a script, are you choreographing those crazy moves?
Jim Parsons: I tend to be an awkward mover in real life as I have my hand on my head like that. Who does that? From a very young age, I have been a pacer and a memorizer but for this show a lot is really created in the moment and during rehearsal and sometimes in performance.
-- Jessica Gelt
Photo: Jim Parsons backstage after winning his award. Credit: Lucy Nicholson / Reuters
Poor Steve Carell. For the past four years, he's lost the Golden Globe for best TV comedy actor – three times to Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock"). Baldwin has such a high Cool Factor that he might win again – that is if he can topple recent Emmy champ Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory"). Parsons wasn't nominated last year, but members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. have such a strong, newfound love of "The Big Bang Theory" that it's nominated for best comedy TV series too.
That makes Steve Carell the curious wild card in this contest. Globe voters know that he's quitting "The Office." They might decide to give him this trophy again (he won in 2006) as a farewell present, especially considering who is hosting the awards ceremony – Ricky Gervais, who created the original, British version of "The Office," which pulled off a shocking upset as best TV comedy series in 2003. [For the record: An earlier version of this post implied that Carell had never won a Golden Globe.]
It's a safe bet that quite a few HFPA members have imagined how much fun it would be to see Gervais and Carell at the podium together.