Last year, Jim Parsons won the Emmy for his role on the comedy "The Big Bang Theory." This year, Parsons has some new competition — from costar Johnny Galecki, who received his first Emmy nomination Thursday in the lead actor in a comedy category.
How did you hear the news?
With the exception of my little sister, you’re the first one to congratulate me. I had no idea. Oh, my God. I thought the nominations were next week. I was with my girlfriend in downtown Los Angeles, I’m standing in her kitchen right now, actually. I was still asleep when they tracked me down through her phone.
Actually, I have been keeping track of the Emmys this year, because I couldn’t be more ecstatic for the show to be nominated. I’m very close with the 200-plus people in the show. I’m just absolutely very thrilled and humbled and honored.
How will you spend today?
Well first, I need to talk to my mother, take a nap, open a bottle of Champagne, but not necessarily in that order [laughs].
What is the best part of playing Leonard, and do you identify with him at all?
I enjoy the frustration that he wrestles with himself. The unwarranted ego, that to me is the funniest element of the character, that sense of ego without accreditation. That’s something we all have, and it makes the character a whole lot of fun to play. He’s a kick in the pants.
I can’t identify with the way he think. I’d say he’s much more intelligent than I am. I can only pretend to think like this guy. I can understand how he feels as [if he's] the underdog outcast. That is something I can relate to. I wasn’t the most popular kid growing up.
Who is your biggest competition?
I have no idea. It’s time for celebration, not competition. That kind of competitiveness never got me anywhere in 28 years. I’m just really, really happy for the show and everyone who was nominated. I know it’s very PR for me to say this, but that’s truly how I feel.
Who got overlooked?
It’s impossible to say. I honestly don’t really think that way. I am thrilled to meet Louis C.K. I think he does an amazing job, and I was excited to see his name in the list.
What are your other upcoming projects?
I did an arc on last season’s “Entourage.” And then there’s a movie called “In Time” by Andrew Nichols with Justin Timberlake.
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— Sophia Lee
Photo: Johnny Galecki, right, with "Big Bang Theory" costar Jim Parsons. Credit: Robert Voets / CBS.