Mayim Bialik is an actress, feminist, mom, scientist (she has a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA), activist, and writer. She’s currently a star on the CBS show “The Big Bang Theory,” a founding Kveller writer–and also, she’s the founder of Grok Nation.
Let’s get back to the writer part, however. Her third book is coming out on May 9 from Penguin Books–and it’s titled “Girling Up: How to Be Strong, Smart and Spectacular.” I wish this kind of book existed when I was growing up–I could have used a good guide (you know, other than “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”).
Because of this, Pop Sugar recently interviewed Mayim–and she had a lot to say about balancing it all–and trying to be true to her self. For instance, when asked what advice she’d give to her 22-year-old self, Mayim had the best response:
“Your gut instinct is always right. With men, with the way you are treated, with things you need to speak up about. Trust your gut!”
When it comes to her happiness and career, she referenced her Jewish identity and faith, and went on to say how her desire to find purpose in life has propelled her:
“I think my underlying passion is trying to find a sense of purpose in my life no matter what I do. While I love being an entertainer, I am constantly driven by the need to find why the universe has given me the opportunities I have and how I can use those to be a positive influence in my family, in my community, and hopefully for the world at large in some way!
I feel like the second I feel like I have found [happiness], it will slip out of my hands. Finding my happy is a constant journey of always looking forward and finding ways to share with others.”
Of course, when it comes to the powerful women in Mayim’s life who helped her grow into a badass lady, she cited her own mom (among many others):
“I think the one thing that influenced my career today is that there has always been someone who believes in me more than I believed in myself. First it was my mother, then it was the creator of Blossom, Don Reo. Then it was my biology tutor in high school, then it was Nancy Wayne, a neuroendocrinologist at UCLA, then it was my manager Tiffany Kuzon, and lastly, it has been my guardian angel best friend, a man who has become my creative and business partner, Immanuel Shalev. Those are the people who literally got me here and keep me remembering that I am on the right path.”
It’s comforting to see Mayim advocate for women’s intelligence and self-confidence.