Top 20 Jews In The Arts - Mayim Bialik

Blossom and Big Bang Theory star, Mayim Bialik, discusses her interests, Israel and neuroscience with Shalom Life for Day 18 of our feature.

Published: April 28th 2011
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Mayim Bialik.

Over the next 20 days, ShalomLife will be presenting the Top 20 Jews In The Arts. One artist will be featured a day from various disciplines including visual arts, acting, writing, comedy, and music.


We sent the participating artists the same 30 questions with instructions to answer all, or just a few. Have fun learning about these fascinating individuals, and please check back daily to compare their answers. Enjoy!




Mayim Bialik


Mayim Hoya Bialik is best known for her lead role as Blossom Russo in the early-1990's NBC sitcom Blossom. Bialik was born in San Diego, California, to first-generation Jewish American parents, documentary film-makers and teachers. She played the young Bette Midler in Beaches and also had guest roles on some of TV's most beloved shows of the 1980s and 1990s, such as MacGuyver, Webster, Facts of Life and Murphy Brown. She also appeared in Woody Allen's Don't Drink the Water in 1994, HBO's Fat Actress and the HBO comedy series Curb Your Enthusiasm.


At the end of Blossom, Bialik earned a BS from UCLA in 2000 in Neuroscience and Hebrew and Jewish studies, and went on to the PhD program in Neuroscience at UCLA. She completed her doctorate in the Fall of 2007, which examined Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in adolescents with Prader-Willi syndrome. Bialik was a dedicated student leader at UCLA Hillel, leading and starting a Women's Rosh Chodesh group, chanting and blowing shofar for High Holiday services, and conducting and writing music for UCLA's Jewish a cappella group. 


Recent appearances include a recurring roles on Secret Life of the American Teenager,  FOX's Till Death and her recently announced recurring role on the CBS hit The Big Bang Theory playing Jim Parson’s nerdy, brainy girlfriend. She recently portrayed 1960's activist Nancy Kurshan in Chicago 8, to be released this year.


Bialik is married to a graduate student who she met in calculus at UCLA, gave birth to a son in 2005 and a second son in 2008. Bialik is a board member and co-founder and chair of Jewish Free Loan Association's Genesis branch, and is an avid student of all things Jewish. Bialik is devoted to a lifestyle of attachment-parenting, homeschooling, natural family living, vegan cooking and even makes her own shampoo. She currently studies independently and through Partners in Torah.  Ms. Bialik keeps a traditional Jewish home and is thrilled to be both working again, and writing and speaking for a variety of Jewish groups around the United States.




Where do you go when you’re lacking inspiration?


I don’t always feel 100% inspired, but I would never say I am lacking inspiration; I simply need to harness the energy to apply myself. G-d gives us no more than we can handle, so I try to remember that.




Where's your favourite place to travel to?


Israel! Anytime, anywhere. To see family, to sightsee, to go to the same places, new places; any way, any how: Israel.




Do you have any pets? Tell us about them.


I have a hairless Peterbald charcoal grey amazing cat named Esau (ironic Biblical name, get it?) and a hairy cat named Frances Miffy Goes To The Zoo (my five-year-old named her). We just call her Frances.




What's your favourite dish? Where do you normally get it?


Real Food Daily is a certified Kosher organic sugar-free vegan gourmet restaurant here in LA. They make Vegan Nachos that are incredible, and they also make the best chocolate cupcake around!




Who, in your opinion, is the most beautiful person on earth?


That’s a hard question. I find a lot of beauty in a lot of things, but not the classical aesthetic beauty most people think of. I appreciate good looks, but I try not to over-emphasize it in my mind I guess. Clive Owen is very handsome; how’s that?




What's your biggest pet peeve?


Gossip. Others gossiping about others, or gossiping to me. It’s something I try very hard not to participate in or listen to.




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