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What Young Sheldon's Annie Potts Loves Most About Working On The Show

Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady's "The Big Bang Theory" stood as a television constant from 2007 to 2019, and as the years go on, the echoes of its small screen legacy consistently present themselves. This is largely thanks to "Young Sheldon," which premiered in 2017 and has since embarked on an impressive, multi-season TV journey of its own. As the title implies, the program follows a young Sheldon Cooper (played by Iain Armitage, who took over for "Big Bang Theory" actor Jim Parsons) as he comes of age in his hometown of Medford, Texas.

Naturally, Sheldon isn't going about his daily activities entirely on his own. As "Young Sheldon" unfolds, audiences get well acquainted with the extended Cooper clan, from his parents, Mary (Zoe Perry) and George (Lance Barber), to his handful of siblings. Even his grandmother, Constance "Connie" Tucker — referred to as "Meemaw" — pops up on the show regularly. None other than Annie Potts of "Ghostbusters" and "Toy Story" fame portrays the character whose history dates back to "The Big Bang Theory," and as it turns out, she wouldn't have it any other way.

This is what Annie Potts has come to love the most about working on "Young Sheldon" as the one and only Meemaw.

Potts has found a lot to love about Young Sheldon

In a 2018 interview with the Los Angeles Times, Annie Potts dove into what she loves most about taking part in "Young Sheldon." First and foremost, as someone who loves working and takes a lot of pride in what she does, she's glad she scored a role as meaningful as Meemaw. After all, parts of that nature are a rarity as actors, especially female actors, age. Potts also loves the people she gets to work with, particularly the younger members of the cast. In addition to being absolute sweethearts to her, their inexperience gives her the chance to help them along as they embark on their acting journeys.

Potts made a similar point during a chat with Variety, where she discussed the importance of being a good role model for her younger co-stars. "They're very malleable right now, so it's part of our responsibility to make it fun and also model excellent professional behavior — showing up, hitting your mark, saying thank you," she explained, referring to them as her "fake grandchildren" since, at the time, she didn't have biological grandkids of her own. She also spoke on the Meemaw character, saying, "She was so well within my wheelhouse of both real and quirky and funny and a little sharp-ish. The minute I saw it on paper, I went, 'That is so my role.'"

Annie Potts has found a lot to love about working on "Young Sheldon," so for her sake, one can only hope she'll get to continue playing Meemaw for years to come.