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Nov 13 2012

What’s Up With My Hand?

By at 11:18 am

Yes, folks. That was indeed my ungloved hand in last week’s episode of The Big Bang Theory. I unleashed it in all of its glory in the episode where my character gets into a fight with Wil Wheaton.

The hand update is that it’s getting better, not worse. I get to see the hand surgeons for check-ups every few weeks rather than every week. I can do some things with my right hand, if imperfectly. Read the rest of this entry →

Oct 19 2012

Top 10 Behind the Scene Moments from Last Night’s Pie Eating Scene

By at 12:33 pm

blueberry pieOn last night’s episode of The Big Bang Theory, Mayim’s character Amy Farrah Fowler took part in a serious pie-eating contest. Here are her favorite behind the scene moments.

1. It took two takes to film the scene: one take we did the day before for just camera taping purposes. One we did in front of the audience.

2. The pie was vegan and kosher for all.

3. I have never been in a pie-eating contest before. Read the rest of this entry →

Oct 4 2012

Can You Find Mayim’s Hand in Tonight’s TBBT?

By at 9:38 am

Mayim Bialik's hand The Big Bang TheoryAlthough the season premiere of The Big Bang Theory aired last week, this week’s episode will be the premiere episode after my car accident. Specifically, this episode will be the first of five episodes and counting of hiding not only my injury, but the various gloves, finger SPANXes, and splints that I’m using. I thought I’d share some behind-the-scenes tidbits of what it’s been like hiding my dominant right hand all of these weeks.

1. Script – Our writers have been very careful to not give my character any plotlines that involve lifting or carrying. In an upcoming episode, it’s actually required that I draw on a white board, but since I’m fairly dexterous with my left hand, we made it work.

2. Blocking – The director of The Big Bang Theory, Mark Cendrowski, helps me plan my movement in every scene so that my hand is either upstage, i.e. away from the cameras, or hidden. We’ve successfully hidden my hand in its gloved and splinted state behind boxes, board games, and various containers. As you will see in many episodes, it often hangs out of sight under tables and desks.

3. Wardrobe – Since I still can’t get myself dressed at home, I have a lot of assistance getting dressed at work. No, I don’t make my husband come to work every time I have a wardrobe change, but our wardrobe department has a team of wonderful women and I’m very grateful to Jane, who has gotten me dressed for the past seven weeks. Amy Farrah Fowler always wears stockings, but to save Jane the experience of hiking tights up over my body every week, the wardrobe department has made me thigh-high versions of all of Amy’s tights. This makes it a much more dignified experience for both me and Jane. For the first five weeks or so of my injury, we had to cut open certain sleeves of the shirts I wore, but now that I can remove the splint for periods of time and I’m wearing a sleeker fingerless compression glove, we simply have me wearing bulkier shirts that fit over my still-swollen hand.

4. Anxiety – After an accident such as mine, there’s a lot of anxiety about the injury, about its healing, and about the pain that, although less persistent, can and does still occur. For this reason, I wear my splint whenever I’m on set and as the weeks go on, I’ll be able to wear it less, but for now, I still walk around with a sense of nervousness about it.

I’m very grateful to our writers, our director, our wardrobe department, all of our producers who are so caring and supportive, and our cast, who knows that in any scene with me, they have to do the heavy lifting, as it were.

So, enjoy tonight’s episode and look for all the creative ways that my hand is hidden!

To read more about my accident, you can catch up on how I got dressed for the Emmys and all the interesting gloves I’ve had to wear.

Aug 13 2012

Back to Work on Season 6 of The Big Bang Theory

By at 1:33 pm

mayim bialik on big bang theory season 6We started Season 6 of The Big Bang Theory last week. That means I know what happens in the season opener and you don’t. Hahaha. But seriously, it means my work year has started.

It also means the following:

1. The end of Mama being home. For my older son, it’s harder to lose me to work than for my younger, since the younger really only has this summer as part of his collective toddler memory. For him, Mama works and goes away and comes back and Dada is so awesome it’s all good. The older one gives long kisses when I go and tight hugs and he looks deeply into my eyes and says he loves me and he runs out to the car for one more kiss and hug and it’s hard. Working is hard. And I love that we homeschool because their schedule can then be as flexible as mine, but it’s also hard to know how much fun I miss out on around the house and neighborhood and park and so on. Read the rest of this entry →

Aug 1 2012

Fasting (and Schmoozing) on Tisha B’Av

By at 11:49 am
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Not bad for someone who hasn't eaten all day, right?

Last Sunday was Tisha B’Av, the saddest day in the Jewish calendar and in the history of the Jewish People. It commemorates the destruction of both the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem, first by the Babylonians and then by the Romans. Tisha B’Av concludes a three week period of grave sadness and tragedy historically, as a tremendous number of horrific events began in the three weeks preceding this date (for a complete list, click here).

I happen to love Tisha B’Av for its intensity, its 25 hour dry fast (the only other such fast being on Yom Kippur), and for the earthy quality of our mourning: Jews sit in grief until it is a part of us, not resisting it, not being distracted from it, not running from it. For better or worse, that is our ancient tradition which still holds power in modern times. Read the rest of this entry →

Jul 20 2012

Mayim Bialik’s Exclusive Take on Her Emmy Nomination

By at 10:23 am
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At the Emmys last year.

I got nominated for an Emmy yesterday. Like for realz. Emmy. Nominated. Me.

Here is the Kveller.com exclusive with all of the details you won’t hear from EW.com, New York Magazine, Good Day LA, and so on.

Where Was I?

I am in Atlanta and that’s where I was yesterday morning when I found out. I was in my best friend’s kitchen.

What Was I Doing?

I had just completed a phone interview with a parenting site about World Breastfeeding Awareness Month. I was so certain I was not being nominated that I didn’t even hesitate about scheduling the interview for the exact time the announcements were made. In fact, as the announcements were about to begin, I texted my best friend from her bedroom where I was doing the interview to tell her that I didn’t get nominated, but “the announcements are starting.” I also emailed a good friend of mine last night who was wishing me good luck, “I am 99.99999% sure I am not nominated. But Kristen Wiig will be!” Read the rest of this entry →

Jul 17 2012

Feeling the Nerd Love at Comicon 2012

By at 11:58 am

mayim bialik at comicon 2012Second year at Comic-Con with The Big Bang Theory.

Here’s the report.

Getting There: We camp with two families we adore every summer. This summer we chose lovely Cuyamoca Rancho State Park, an hour from Comic-Con. This meant two nights sleeping in a tent on the ground, eating veggie dogs and vegan s’mores, leading sing-a-longs, and seeing a rattlesnake two feet from me on a hike.

Getting Pretty: I never shower when camping, even if it’s a three or four day trip. However, the morning I had to be at Comic-Con, I used the camp’s shower and did my makeup using a car’s sideview mirror in the middle of our campsite at 7 a.m. What made it even more fun than my 25 cents-worth of a weak stream of tepid water was that there was a three-inch scorpion showering with me which I only spotted after lathering up. Not knowing how fast moving they are (it was a foot away from my foot), I VERY quickly rinsed off while keeping a constant neurotic eye on the scorpion. It was a stressful two minutes to say the least. (FYI: scorpions are very fast moving and it could have stung me incredibly quickly and easily, I later found out.) Read the rest of this entry →

Jan 31 2012

The SAG Awards: Our First Date in Almost Seven Years

By at 11:05 am

Mayim Bialik at SAG awards red carpetI spent last week in Florida with my husband and our boys, Fred (3 1/2) and Miles (6). I spoke for the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando, and spent a shabbos at the dynamic and very diverse Boca Raton Synagogue, where my friend and study partner Allison “Jew in the City” Josephs and I were the scholars in residence. We flew home the Sunday after Shabbat ended, to make it home for the SAG awards for which our show had been nominated for Best Ensemble. So the flight home was the morning of the awards, getting into LAX just in time for me to get my hair and make-up done and fly out the door. Read the rest of this entry →

Jan 23 2012

A Proposal on the Set of The Big Bang Theory

By at 1:36 pm

mayim bialik on big bang theoryA former student of mine–with my help–proposed to his girlfriend on the set of The Big Bang Theory a few weeks ago.

Let’s do a Talmudic-style analysis of this sentence, phrase by phrase, squeezing the meaning and implications out of every word for the ultimate purpose of a deep and powerful understanding of it.

1. “A former student of mine”: After Blossom ended, I earned a BS in Neuroscience (with a minor in Hebrew and Jewish Studies) from UCLA. I was 23 when I finished my degree and I went directly into a PhD program, also in Neuroscience. Part of our training in graduate school is to be a teacher’s assistant, or TA. I always loved teaching (my parents were both teachers until retiring with a combined 65-some years of experience) and was a TA for about half a dozen classes in my seven years of graduate school.  Read the rest of this entry →

Jan 20 2012

SWAG: The Stuff We All Get

By at 11:03 am
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The perks of the trade.

I went to a SWAG event Friday with Melissa Rauch who is on The Big Bang Theory with me.

“What’s a SWAG event?” you ask? Well, SWAG is an acronym for “Stuff We All Get,” “stuff” being products and services, “we” being the celebrities of the world at large, “all” being a term that is supposed to include all celebrities but is a bit of a misnomer because only super famous celebrities get the big-ticket items like free cars and free Rolexes and free trips to Fiji, and “get” meaning if you pose for pictures with different companies’ products, you get to take those products home. Read the rest of this entry →

About Mayim

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.

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