Fans of The Big Bang Theory fell in love with Amy Farrah Fowler as soon as she joined the cast in 2011.
In a short time, Mayim Bialik, who was known for being a child star, proved herself as a comedienne and scientist.
In addition to her acting, Bialik’s strong opinions of societal values are known to make headlines.
Here is what you need to know about the 38-year-old.
1. She’s Amy on ‘The Big Bang Theory’
As another girl to join Penny and Bernadette as they tackle the physicists, Bialik came on board in Season 3 as Amy Farrah Fowler, the counterpart of Sheldon Cooper. For her role as the nerd who knows what she wants, she has garnered three Emmy nods.
“When I was brought on, I had no idea what was going to happen with my character or even if I’d be in more than one episode,” she told the Comedy Network.
As far as her seemingly unrequited love for Sheldon goes, Bialik appreciates the dynamic, saying, “But I think it’s really sweet that when it comes down to it, she has learned to have a lot of those same basic desires that many women have. She wants to be special to Sheldon and she wants to know that she’s important to him.
In real life, Bialik has found a lifelong friend in Parsons. She told OTRC, “I love Jim Parsons and I’ve found such a dear friend in my job. Many of us go to work and don’t like people that we work with and it’s so nice that I do work with people that I do enjoy being with, so it’s a joy to work with him.”
2. She Was Known for Being ‘Blossom’
If you are a child of the ’90s, you probably watched Blossom, which aired from 1990 to 1995.
She played the titular character, who lives with her father and two brothers after her mother leaves them.
The actress is quick to dispel that she was anything like her on-screen persona.
“Blossom was a pretty bubbly teenager. I was a more kind of cynical, dark teenager…People would often say, “Why aren’t you smiling, Why aren’t you dancing?” she said.
When PBS asked her how she escaped the sad fate of most child stars, she said, “You want a quick answer to that? Science.”
It was on that sitcom’s set that she met a biology tutor who made her fall in love with science.
3. She Has a Ph.D.
In 2007, the actress earned her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from UCLA.
According to the NY Times, she wrote her thesis on “the role of hormones in obsessive-compulsive disorder in children with a particular genetic condition, Ms. Bialik thought deeply about the science of human attachment.”
Ironically, she plays a neurobiologist on the show, and the writers use her knowledge when they come across certain questions.
“At my audition Bill Prady looked at my resume, and under miscellany, it said, “Ph.D. in neuroscience,” and he said, “is this for real?” she said.
4. She Believes in Attachment Parenting
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She met her future husband, Michael Stone, in a calculus class at UCLA. They divorced in 2012, after having two children together.
At the time, she released this statement on her blog:
After much consideration and soul-searching, Michael and I have arrived at the decision to divorce due to ‘Irreconcilable Differences. Divorce is terribly sad, painful and incomprehensible for children. It is not something we have decided lightly.
Bialik has sparked some conversations about her approach to being a mother, which includes natural childbirth, sleeping in bed with her kids, and breastfeeding in public.
She penned the book, Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way to explain her beliefs.
5. She’s Religious & Doesn’t Wear Strapless Dresses
Bialik makes time in her life for religion, and writes a blog for the Jewish site Kveller.
Her posts there include, “The Problem With That Giant Billboard of Ariana Grande” and “Why My Sons and I Hate the Movie “Frozen.”
As far as her commitment to Judaism goes, she told Redbook:
I do my best to observe the Sabbath, but there are work things that happen on Shabbat that are required for my livelihood, so I’m not the poster girl for observant Judaism at all. When it comes to your job and work-life choices, you have to decide: If people don’t give you what you want, do you fight or look elsewhere? There’s also the fact that I choose not to wear strapless or not to wear mini-dresses. My stylist loves me and hates me.
Although she is conservative in her dress, the actress admits to having 14 ear piercings. “It was the one rebellion I could have as a teenager that was acceptable if you were on television,” she told PBS.