Young Sheldon’s Zoe Perry Talks About Sharing A Role With Her Own Mother

By Brock Swinson | Monday Monday Staff -    2017-08-29

Mary Cooper Played By Mother-Daughter Duo

Metcalf, Perry | Photo Credit CBS

On The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon’s mother Mary is played by Roseanne actress Laurie Metcalf. On the prequel, Young Sheldon, Sheldon’s mother is actually played by Zoe Perry, Metcalf’s daughter in real-life.

Oddly enough, based on the fact that this character already exists in the original TBBT, it’s like Zoe Perry is playing her own mother. Basically, this makes Perry the best possible actress for the role.

It’s pretty funny that she can play her own mother on television.

“Wild In A Fun Way”

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TV Guide writes:

“That would seem to present some interesting acting challenges for Perry. Since the character already exists elsewhere, isn’t she kind of playing her own mother playing a character? That’s kind of a head trip if you think about it, isn’t it? Perry says that it’s “wild” to be playing the part, but in a fun way.”

“While it’s helpful to have somebody to “bend the ear of” if she has questions about the character, she doesn’t worry about stepping into her mother’s sensible shoes too much.”

“Lucky To Have The Genetics…”

Young Sheldon | Photo Credit CBS

Perry also confirmed:

“I guess I’m lucky in the way that genetics will do a fair amount for me, so I don’t have to think about acting like her. Because I’m playing this character at a different stage of life I can just kind of play any given scene and just allow that reality to be my own, so that’s been nice.”

It’s interesting that Perry has noted the different stage of life as characters do change over time. For this new series, it’s likely that the show will work a great deal to make inside, comical jokes to the original series, especially with Sheldon’s many childhood references.

Are you looking forward to this new CBS series from Chuck Lorre?

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