SPOILER ALERT: IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN LAST WEEK’S EPISODE OF THE BIG BANG THEORY, DO NOT READ THIS POST.
Last week on “TBBT,” all of our characters went to a prom we held on the guys’ apartment rooftop. We all got dressed up and it was a very fun episode to film. In this episode, Sheldon tells Amy he loves her. Big deal. Super big deal.
Here are my Top 7 behind-the-scenes tidbits about filming this very monumental episode.
7. Not Ready
Truth be told, I wasn’t ready for this. I mean, as an actor, I have to be ready for anything the writers throw at me. We all do. It’s kind of in our job description. But as Mayim, the person playing Amy, it threw me for a loop. I never know the arc of the plot for my character or our show, and I don’t know what the writers have planned for us for this year or for the course of the show. I had literally no idea this was coming, especially this early in the 8th season. Read the rest of this entry →
If you saw last night’s Valentine’s Day episode of The Big Bang Theory, I assume you might still be swooning… Yes, Sheldon kissed Amy. For real. The way mommies and daddies do.
Here are some behind-the-scene tidbits from last night’s episode.
1. The Train
The train set was built right on our stage, complete with “train movements” which made me slightly nauseated. We filmed every scene you saw twice, in 180 degree rotations. It’s a long complicated director’s story as to why we filmed it like that, but suffice it to say we filmed a 14-hour day in that train set and it was a long 14 hours. But I think it came out great from what I hear.
What made the 14 hours fly by was that all of the scenes were with Simon Helberg, Melissa Rauch, and Jim Parsons. While our entire cast gets along swimmingly, the combination of the four of us made the hours seem like minutes. We had a blast all day and Simon makes me laugh so hard on a regular basis. We also had interesting heavy conversations on breaks throughout the day, including a discussion of some interesting Jewish philosophical ideas. Yeah, that happened. Read the rest of this entry →
This was one of the rare episodes we did not film at our normal taping hour. Because of the number of small scenes and flashbacks, we filmed for two long days in front of small groups of audiences who were rotated according to their tour schedules of the Warner Brothers lot. I missed a regular tape time with the anticipation and excitement of a few hundred people in the audience, but we made do with our smaller audiences very well!
If I’m not mistaken, I believe I’m the only one from the eight of us in the show last night (the Stuart character was in the episode along with the regular seven of us) who has never decorated a Christmas tree. Sure, I’ve been to homes that have Christmas trees and I vaguely remember stringing popcorn and cranberries for my friend Sara’s Christmas tree when we were in 7th grade, but I grew up in a home with no Christmas tree and really enjoyed watching it done for this episode! I think the tinsel is pretty and the lights are pretty too. The ornaments are neat and I would imagine it is fun to hang them all and arrange them all. I don’t wish I had a Christmas tree, but I’m also very comfortable enjoying the process from afar. Read the rest of this entry →
To watch the booty swatting scene from “A Drunken Thanksgiving,” click here.
1. In the original draft of the script, there was no booty swatting. I can’t remember exactly what was in its place. It was some other awkward/inappropriate drunk Sheldon comment to Amy, but the swatting was added a few days into rehearsal.
2. This is not the first time that Sheldon has smacked Amy’s bum and I have a feeling it won’t be the last. The first and most memorable time was in the “Amy’s Sick” episode. Read the rest of this entry →
People ask me a lot how it’s going on The Big Bang Theory this season. We are about eight episodes into the seventh season, and I barely remember what these episodes have been about!
I learn scripts week to week, and once I have to learn the next one, I pretty much forget the previous week’s. That’s just the truth.
I know I sang with Simon Helberg’s character, Wolowitz, and we sang Neil Diamond. I know this week’s episode is our –first ever!–Thanksgiving episode. I know Johnny Galecki’s character was on a boat in the season opener and he came back, and I know that I’ve had some great scenes with Jim Parsons, but I can’t quite remember what they were about!
I was a guest at The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club last week. We did a vodcast (like a podcast but with video; I know, I didn’t know that expression either) for his “Lovitz or Leavitz” program. It is basically an hour-long interview where we talk about literally everything you can imagine, and we try and make it funny. Mostly we succeeded. Case in point: he kept teasing me that I was an African-American Jew which is only funny if you watch it and see why.
Anyway, I have been a fan of Jon Lovitz since I was a very young aspiring actress. I’m 37, and the years he was on Saturday Night Live (1985-1990) formed some of my earliest memories of understanding and appreciating comedy. His iconic voice is etched in my brain for so many of his well-known characters, and he was part of the Phil Hartman, Mike Myers, Kevin Nealon, Dana Carvey-era of some of SNL’s truly memorable comedy of my youth.
I like the opportunity to talk to people without a “time limit” like this. Jon is a very bright guy with a sincere interest in getting interesting conversations out of guests, and he had so many questions about Attachment Parenting and Neuroscience and how I make the decisions I do in life and so on. Read the rest of this entry →
I appeared on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson last week. Here’s the video. Here’s Top 10 Things You Should Know About My Appearance.
10. I had no idea what Craig would talk to me about. At all. They don’t prep you for his show like they do for other talk shows. It’s sort of like a crazy high pressure cocktail party. And for the record, even mellow non-tape-recorded cocktail parties feel like high-pressure cocktail parties to me because I am socially anxious. So imagine my anxiety for this appearance. Yeah: high. Read the rest of this entry →
Note that we never use the word “Blossom” at all and there is no direct reference to it. Ah, licensing.
Here’s 10 other fun things about that commercial and the experience of filming it:
1. Uncertainty. I was not at all sure if I should do it. I debated it heavily and had many sleepless nights about the script and the contract and if I wanted to be in a commercial for a large corporation with God-only-knows what policies and labor laws at all. I was super trepidatious. (And please don’t post all over Facebook if you have a problem with Old Navy. Email my publicist instead and I will look into it!)
2. Previous experience. I have only been in one other commercial, a McDonald’s commercial in 1987 where I supplied the “bass” for a musical rendition of the McDonald’s theme song. No, I didn’t have to eat any McDonald’s food for that commercial. And no, the fact that my favorite Yeshiva University Maccabeat sings bass is not lost on me. Kismet? Perhaps! Women who are born with a voice like Bea Arthur are automatically drawn to both singing bass and liking guys who do the same.
3. The bangs. The “bangs” I wear under my sunflower hat in the commercial are clip-ons. I am sort of obsessed with Zooey Deschanel and think I look more like her in this commercial than my alter-ego Blossom. What–am I wrong!? Okay, wishful thinking.
4. The costume. Originally the costume designer had me in pants and emailed me sketches showing her initial designs. I gently informed her I observe the laws of tznius(modesty)and don’t wear pants and she barely batted an eyelash. The sketches were tossed and she designed a skirt to convey the same look.
5. Handmade. The outfit was all handmade for me, including rain boots spray-painted the perfect shade of pink to match the details on the skirt and my lipstick. These things are important for Old Navy’s fresh, clean, kitschy look!
6. The sound stage. We filmed in a sound stage an hour south of Los Angeles. It was rainy outside and freezing in the sound stage and I had on thick socks pulled up to my knees under the skirt. The models wore coats and parkas over their cute spring dresses in between takes to keep warm.
7. Filming. The footage you see took two 12-hour days of filming to obtain. We filmed every single line I said a million ways a bunch of times from several angles. Apparently, that’s just how commercials work. It was very tiring to repeat the same line over and over and over and over, especially when they only used a few snippets of the footage!
8. Joey. Joey Lawrence and I only overlapped in filming for a few minutes. He filmed his part and then jet-setted back to Vancouver where he was filming a movie. I think he looked great and there was adorable footage of him bopping along with his pesticide-spraying pack on his back that I wish they could have used. It was so cute.
9. The bee-bot. There was an actual hovering remote controlled bee-bot (think toy helicopter) to fly onto the set and buzz around. On the first rehearsal with the bee-bot, it crashed into the flowers on the set, the propellor splintered and the mechanic who spent hours building it literally looked like he might recite “Baruch Dayan HaEmet” (traditional phrase uttered upon hearing news of a death) over this thing. I almost wanted to join him. (They used computerized graphics for the actual commercial.)
10. My boys. The commercial is only going to run for two weeks, so the only downside I see to this whole thing is that for two weeks my husband has been forbidden from taking our boys shopping at Old Navy (something they actually do frequently). My kids barely have any idea who I am to the public or what I do as an actor. I do NOT want them seeing mama on every TV screen at Old Navy and freaking out. My 6-year-old would likely act cool, as he is wont to do these days, but sweet 3.5-year-old Fred might not make it past the screens before having a freak-out as to why I am on the TV at Old Navy when I’m supposed to be “at work.”
Crazy life, son, I know. Mama’s on the TV screens at Old Navy. But when you get home, she’ll be in fuzzy slippers and a robe cleaning under the oven for Pesach and asking why no one seems to know how to pick up a toy or a dirty sock and insisting that she’s not anyone’s maid.
Maybe my boys would like Old Navy Mama better. Tough. That big flowered hat is impossible to clean under an oven in. Plus, it just looks silly when you wear it with a robe and fuzzy slippers.
Mayim Bialik is the grandchild of immigrants from Eastern Europe and the mother of two young boys. She is best known for her lead role in the 1990s NBC sitcom Blossom, as well as her current role as Amy Farrah Fowler on CBS' The Big Bang Theory.