Young Sheldon is the relatively new CBS Show based on the life of Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory. As I stated in my last post, in a world filled with spin-offs, prequels, and sequels, Young Sheldon stands out and it’s mostly because of Iain Armitage.
Child actors are the current trend in Hollywood and we’ve seen young talent spring up over the years in a number of TV shows.
The 9 –year old actor Iain Armitage snuck up on me because, for the first half of the pilot episode, I saw him as a ‘Young Jim Parsons’ and not a Young Sheldon Cooper. This might sound silly I guess, but Jim Parsons has played the role for so long that it felt like he was a puppet of the actor.
After the pilot episode and as the show progressed I realized that Iain Armitage is a Sheldon Cooper in his own right. The similarities exist between the two actors but Iain brings elements to the character that do not exist in Jim Parsons.
Largely, we can attribute these characteristics to the script especially when you consider the fact that this is a young unfiltered Sheldon who hasn’t met the rest of the cast of The Big Bang Theory.
It still takes an actor with chops to pull it off with the finesse and fluidity that Iain brings to the show. As the season progresses we see him push the boundaries of the character while laying the foundations for many of the character traits we see in Jim Parson’s Sheldon Cooper.
Iain is somewhat new to the screen but this isn’t his first rodeo. He featured in the movies 2017 movies The Glass Castle and Our Souls At Night as well as the playing a reoccurring in the TV Show Big Little Lies and an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
Still, this is his biggest outing yet and with the performance, he’s giving so far, I can’t wait to see him in other things.