The 68th annual Golden Globe Awards took place on January 16, 2011, at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. Here is what this Golden Globe winner said backstage in the Golden Globe Awards press room.
Best Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical
(“The Big Bang Theory”)
What did your “Big Bang Theory” co-star Kaley Cuoco say to you on stage when you got your Golden Globe Award?
I think she said she loved me. I don’t know. It was awkward to hug in front of so many people. Yeah, I think she just said she loved me. It was really stunning to be up there with her. It was really hard to fathom that it was actually happening.
When did it first sink in that you won?
As soon as she opened the envelope, I could tell by the way she moved or whatever, and when the noise that came out of her mouth, I could tell.
Did you ever imagine when you got your Sheldon Cooper role in “The Big Bang Theory” that it would be so specific that it would bring you lots of awards?
No. I didn’t even know if we’d stay on the air, but I did connect with it in a way that was pretty specific. I will say that. I don’t think that happens as an actor that often. You play a lot of roles where you’re like, “I can do this. This is fine. This is good.” But there was something, from the moment I read this. But as far as carrying on for something that has gone on this long and to, say, bring an award, I had no idea. I’m still surprised.
Now that you’ve won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for your role in “The Big Bang Theory,” do now you feel any pressure to maintain or surpass that success?
No, I don’t. At least, I try not to. If there was going to be pressure, I would imagine it would be later on. To work, in general, has been a blessing. These events like the Emmys, like the Golden Globes — what a special thing to get to go to and be a part of. It’s really like a cherry on top that you get to keep doing your job at all. So in that respect, if I can maintain that type of attitude towards it, then no, I don’t think it adds pressure. It’s just, “Try and enjoy the moment as much as possible and appreciate what’s happening.”
Do you have an inspiration for how you play Sheldon Cooper?
Dull as it may sound, [it’s the] writing. I’ve been asked before, “Is there anybody you based the role on?” And I didn’t. I’ve thought of people I’ve known who were very smart and who I didn’t understand when I was in school that were different and obviously special. But everything I’ve ever gotten, everything I’ve done for this role has come very specifically from what they write. And that’s why I’m so eager to thank them in a moment like this, because I literally have nothing to provide without that.
Your work in “The Big Bang Theory” involves a lot of physical comedy. When you get a script for the show, do you choreograph some of the moves in your mind?
I do tend to be an awkward mover in real life. The only thing I would say is that I don’t specifically choreograph anything, but I have, from a very young age, been a pacer and a memorizer when I memorize lines. And this show specifically, I will be down in my bedroom, walking around, and I will find myself doing things. Maybe there’s something in those moments that I’ve held on to, but I have to tell you that a lot of it is created in the moment in rehearsal and sometimes in performance when you hope that inspiration hits. But really, it’s right then and there and not so much too set in stone.
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