Chuck Lorre and Steve Molaro decided to make things hard on the young actors vying to play Sheldon Cooper in the upcoming Young Sheldon series. Jim Parsons recently revealed how Iain Armitage landed the gig, and what working with the young star is like.
Chuck Lorre and Steve Molaro’s Tricks
Chuck Lorre and Steve Molaro created the iconic series The Big Bang Theory. They’re known for their many great hits, their quick wit, and their unconventional methods. When it came to casting the young version of their star character, Sheldon Cooper, they decided to make things hard on the young actors wanting the part.
Multitudes of kids auditioned for the role, according to Jim Parsons who is the executive producer of the spin-off series. Jim said there were “so many tapes” and that they “were all good in different ways.”
Apparently, the tapes featured a ridiculously long monologue supplied by Chuck and Steve. These guys made no exceptions for the 8-year-olds auditioning for the part. They wanted to see serious acting chops. Jim Parsons explained, “Chuck and Steve wrote this ridiculously long, complicated monologue, which was not in the script. I think it was kind of a trial by fire thing — we don’t know if we’re going to write this long for this character, but they need to be prepared for it.”
How Iain Stood Out
Iain Armitage landed the role through a submission taped by his mother on Christmas. Jim and his team were immediately impressed by the little actor’s skills. He recalled,”Iain’s was mind-blowing in some ways. It’s true… There was a naturalness with it and a spirit with it, and an understanding…” Jim also admitted that he’s learning a lot from watching Iain work. “There’s just a way in which he’s tackling all this that is such fun and such joy of the process…[He’s] a reminder to, I think, anybody who’s been doing it for a while to [see] how much fun it is.”