Sep 8 2014
When Robin Williams passed away a few weeks ago, it was a sad day for Hollywood, as he was arguably one of the most gifted and unique performers our industry has seen this century. Not only was he an exceptional comedian who took risks that comedians like me only dream of taking, but he was able to cross over as a dramatic actor and garner critical acclaim for his diverse body of serious work as well.
The loss of Robin Williams was personally upsetting as well, not only because I was a huge fan of his work from the 1970s on, and not only because the cast of “The Big Bang Theory” was able to spend time with him as a member of the CBS family when his show first started on our network a few years ago, but it was personally upsetting because there are people in my life who suffer from the kind of mental illness that Robin Williams suffered from. It is truly tragic to hear that someone has lost his battle with mental illness.
I try to use my platform as a writer here at Kveller.com to take part in tikkun olam, or repairing the world, by sharing things I feel can help others. I never wrote about what it was like to get a divorce, for example, but I chose to write a four-part series exclusively for this website about the challenges of being a Jewish divorcee in hopes that I could give support, education, and resources to women who might be similarly struggling. I don’t believe actors should vomit their lives and feelings onto blogs simply because we can. It’s not my style and never will be. Read the rest of this entry →
Sep 2 2014
Why is hosting “Candid Camera” with Peter Funt so much fun?
1. I get to be a part of a television legend. Peter’s father, Alan, created “Candid Camera” almost 60 years ago. It is the original hidden camera reality show.
2. I get to laugh. “Candid Camera” is my style of humor and I seriously laugh so hard. I don’t see the clips before we film in front of a live audience but watch them together, so you are seeing my actual reactions on camera. Laughing is good for the soul! Read the rest of this entry →
Aug 27 2014
1. Getting ready with Robert Ramos, who does my hair (his assistant Lorena took the picture). Yes, I am wearing a Star Wars T-shirt. We ordered vegan Thai Iced Teas and listened to Neko Case’s “Fox Confessor Brings the Flood” and “Blacklisted” albums. Fancy Assistant Brandon and I did some emailing catch up and then he left us all to finish getting me ready.
2. Team Mayim: Robert again, make up artist Linda Cowan (who worked on “Blossom” and also does my make-up on TBBT), and stylist Ja-Niya Walker (who also styled my Cliche magazine shoot and styles me for “Candid Camera”). The sheet on the floor is because my house is under major construction and not only did we get me ready on a dusty dust-coated floor (hence the sheet I am standing on), the demolition of an entire bathroom literally above our heads went on for the entire three and a half hours we were getting me ready. The whole team agreed that it was the most unusual preparation for an awards show they had ever participated in. Read the rest of this entry →
Aug 25 2014
My final Emmy dress fitting with Oliver Tolentino went fantastic. Truly. He saved the day and the week swinging into action at the last minute. Phew.
You will all get to see it in a matter of hours but I need to tell you the highlights of this fitting because I had my sons with me.
My sons are 6 and almost 9. They don’t like doing any chores with Mama. They like playing LEGO and begging me to show them movies since now that’s something we do sometimes. They like getting annoyed with me when I won’t give them more than three jelly beans at a time. They like swimming and playing ball in the house. They do not like watching me try on dresses for award shows they don’t care about and won’t be seeing. Read the rest of this entry →
Aug 21 2014
So… sometimes in life, things change. And it’s OK that things change. Take my Emmy dress, for example. As of this week, everything has changed.
Here are the top 5 things that have changed about my Emmy dress, which will be followed by the top 5 things that haven’t changed about my Emmy dress.
Things That Have Changed: Read the rest of this entry →
Aug 19 2014
In response to numerous fan requests, Mayim took the ice bucket challenge yesterday to raise awareness for ALS. Her co-star Jim Parsons did the honors. She opted not to nominate anyone for the challenge (Jim said she didn’t have to, so there).
Check it out:
Aug 14 2014
As I discussed last week, despite the troubling and distracting events in Israel and the Gaza Strip, I will be posting a once-a-week update on all things Emmy leading up to the Emmy awards, which will be held August 25th.
Last week, I discussed how we had chosen a very unusual color for the dress, which I will not be telling anyone about before you see it on the red carpet. I also discussed how the dress is very simple, but has some crazy sleeves and sparkly action.
All of that is still true. Read the rest of this entry →
Aug 11 2014
Oh, Israel. What a month it’s been for you and me. I lost a lot of fans this month because of my love for you. But it’s OK. I love you more than popularity, even when you make me crazy. And even though I don’t always agree with Israeli policy, I’m still a Zionist.
With all that we have been through this past month, I truly, deeply, for the first time understood why Jews who previously hadn’t worn yarmulkes started wearing them in the United States after the Yom Kippur War in 1973, when an Arab Coalition led by Syria and Egypt attacked Israel on the holiest day of the Jewish year. As we had been for thousands of years, in 1973, Jews were being attacked simply for being.
In the middle of the conflicts in Israel and Gaza this month, and in the middle of the virulent attacks I was coming under on social media, I put on my Magen David–my Star of David necklace–and it strangely felt like putting on armor. It felt like a statement. Gold armor around my neck: the way I show that I am Jewish and that I am not afraid to be so. Read the rest of this entry →
Aug 6 2014
With all of the Israel news this past month, I almost forgot that the Emmys are coming up and that I’m nominated. I knew they were on the horizon, but all of a sudden, they are less than a month away! Eeeeek!
I have decided to do a post a week about the Emmy goings-on to keep you updated about the dress, the jewelry, the shoes, and all of the appropriate insights I may (or may not) have. This is not to detract from the serious events going on in Israel, Syria, Iraq, or anywhere else, but I know there has been interest in the past in my Emmy journey so I will continue to write about it!
It’s very exciting and it’s a huge honor to be nominated. I have waxed poetic here for the past three years about how humbling and unbelievable it is to me–the grandchild of Eastern European immigrants–that I am nominated for the highest award in my industry. Every year I have been nominated has knocked me on my proverbial tuchus–I really can’t believe it. Read the rest of this entry →
Aug 4 2014
I read “Charlotte’s Web” as a child and vaguely remember loving it. Truth be told, I didn’t remember what it was really about. I remembered there was a spider named Charlotte and a pig. And that (SPOILER ALERT) someone dies but it’s generally uplifting.
Well, I watched it with my boys during my recovery from surgery and it was beautiful. Netflix only had the Dakota Fanning 2006 version and I think I saw an animated version as a kid, but whatever, it was fine. And all of the celebrity voices were really good. Julia Roberts as Charlotte? Genius. And that actress who played Vincent D’ Onofrio’s wife in “Men in Black” was in it and I love her, the one who says he was wearing “An Earl suit”…
Anyway. Here’s what I learned from watching it: Read the rest of this entry →