The 47-year-old actor appeared at a panel for the upcoming Fox sitcom he executive produces, “Call Me Kat.” During the discussion, he revealed that he once went in to audition for an unspecified role on NBC’s mega-hit “The Office.”
For those unfamiliar, “The Office” is actually a remake of a popular British TV series created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. During the discussion, Parsons confessed that he didn’t have high hopes for the show when he auditioned.
“I was like ‘how stupid, it’s about an office. If America wanted their own office show, they would have already made it by now,” Parsons said (via Deadline).
With the benefit of hindsight, it seems Parsons was wrong about the show as the American version of “The Office” went on to win multiple Emmy awards and made cast members like John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Rainn Wilson and Mindy Kaling household names.
Parsons, meanwhile, got the role of Sheldon Cooper soon after and went on to immense Emmy success of his own. He’s won four awards for “The Big Bang Theory” across six nominations. He’s received nine Emmy nominations overall counting other TV projects he’s participated in.
The star is hoping to find TV success once again by executive producing the new series alongside his former co-star Mayim Bialik. Ironically, Parsons is throwing his weight behind another American adaptation of a British TV show.
“Call Me Kat” stars Bialik and is based on the British sitcom “Miranda.” Kat is a single woman who owns a cat cafe in Louisville, Ky., According to Entertainment Weekly, the money for the business venture was set aside by Kat’s mother for her nuptials.
According to the outlet, elsewhere in the panel Parsons couldn’t help but gush about the upcoming project.
“I don’t know about a cameo, but I’d say never say never,” he said. “But I do want to point out what makes someone so hungry to join a show like this is … it was interesting to hear Mayim talk about how ‘Big Bang’ was such a well-oiled machine because similarly, when I watched the first run-through for this show, I felt similarly when I watched the first episode.”