For 10 years on The Big Bang Theory, audiences have come to know the iconic, eccentric and extraordinary Sheldon Cooper. This new comedy gives us the chance to meet him in childhood as he embarks on his innocent, awkward and hopeful journey toward the man he will become.
For 9-year-old Sheldon Cooper it isn’t easy growing up in East Texas. Being a once-in-a-generation mind capable of advanced mathematics and science isn’t always helpful in a land where church and football are king. And while the vulnerable, gifted and somewhat naïve Sheldon deals with the world, his very normal family must find a way to deal with him.
Young Sheldon comes to E4 on February 22nd at 8.30pm
Tell us all about Sheldon.
Sheldon is a genius kid who is so much smarter than everyone around him, but he isn’t smart about basic things, like how to get along with people. His family is trying to understand him and he is trying to understand them.
How do you get into character? Did Jim help you?
Mr. Jim helped me to understand how Sheldon’s mind works. He was so helpful and I was really lucky to get to work with the world’s greatest Sheldon expert!
What’s been your favourite thing about filming Young Sheldon?
This is impossible to answer! I have enjoyed everything! I don’t think I am supposed to mention specific things, but this week we are filming my favorite episode so far, and last week we filmed my other favorite. It just keeps getting better!
Sheldon doesn’t seem to have many friends at school – why do you think that is?
I think it’s difficult for people to understand Sheldon and sometimes people have a hard time being friends with a person they can’t understand. Sheldon doesn’t even know he is missing out on friendships because he is happy on his own thinking big thoughts, but he also knows that maybe he should try friendship.
Why should everyone watch the show?
I think it’s fun and funny to watch and it can also be touching too, so there is something for everyone!
Have you ever been to the UK?
Yes, I have been to the UK twice. My dad’s whole family lives in Falkirk in Scotland so I’ve been there, but I haven’t been there as much as i would like though. I’ve also been to London. I’d like to go back soon and see some theatre!
For 9-year-old Sheldon Cooper it isn’t easy growing up in East Texas. Being a once-in-a-generation mind capable of advanced mathematics and science isn’t always helpful in a land where church and football are king. And while the vulnerable, gifted and somewhat naïve Sheldon (Iain Armitage) deals with the world, his very normal family must find a way to deal with him. His father, George (Lance Barber), is struggling to find his way as a high school football coach and as father to a boy he doesn’t understand. Sheldon’s mother, Mary (Zoe Perry), fiercely protects and nurtures her son in a town where he just doesn’t fit in. Sheldon’s older brother, Georgie (Montana Jordan), does the best he can in high school, but it’s tough to be cool when you’re in the same classes with your odd 9-year-old brother. Sheldon’s twin sister, Missy (Raegan Revord), sometimes resents all the attention Sheldon gets, but also remains the one person who can reliably tell Sheldon the truth. Finally, there’s Sheldon’s beloved Meemaw (Annie Potts), his foul-mouthed, hard-drinking Texas grandmother who is very supportive of her grandson and his unique gifts.
Created by Chuck Lorre (The Big Bang Theory, Mom, Mike & Molly) and Steven Molaro (The Big Bang Theory, The Class), Young ShELDON is executive produced by Lorre, Molaro, Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak. Produced by Chuck Lorre Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, the new comedy series is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. International Television Distribution.