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Jim Parsons explains the unexpected power of getting to marry his partner

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The Big Bang Theory star tied the knot earlier this year.

Jim Parsons has admitted that getting married to his long-term partner of 15 years had more of an effect on him than he initially expected.

The openly gay star stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to explain how the legal union with his husband Todd was more “meaningful” than he anticipated.

“I didn’t really think we cared about the act of it that much, to be honest with you,” Jim said.

“And that sounds cold in a way, but I finally thought…well, let’s have a party then for the celebration of, and we’ll go ahead and legalise this thing.

“I really thought it would kind of end at that, a party feel but it was so much more meaningful in the moment to me than I predicted.

“And it’s been resonantly more meaningful to me afterward than I ever saw coming. I’d been an adult gay person for so long at a time when that wasn’t possible that life was ‘fine,’ you know what I mean?”

The actor also explained why being married was different from just being partnered.

“There is an underlying thing a little buzz of something,” he said. “I keep reminding myself of it. I kind of forget, and then I’m like, ‘We’re a legal thing, just like mom and dad were.'”

Jim Parsons will next star in Big Bang Theory spin-off Young Sheldon, which serves as a prequel series following a young – you guessed it – Sheldon Cooper.

The new series will premiere in the US on 2 November.

Related: You have to see these adorable photos from Jim Parsons’ wedding

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