If you're not watching the absolutely funniest, most clever, and best show on TV right now-clearly I'm talking about The Big Bang Theory-then you might not be as up-to-date on one of its stars as you should be-the fabulous Jewish actress and real life neuroscientist Mayim Bialik. Yes, back in the day she starred as the young Bette Midler in the movie Beaches, and, of course, she was Blossom, but until you see her playing Sheldon's sort-of-girlfriend, Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory, you haven't seen her at her best and most hilarious.
This yenta, is dedicating today's blog to Mayim because it has recently come to my attention that a) not enough people watch my favorite show and should be and b) for some crazy reason people don't like her and that is just unfair and c) I'm a little tired of the amazing and talented Natalie Portman stealing all the Jewish actress attention. Mayim will never be as perfect or gorgeous as Natalie and I mean that in a good way. (I know I dissed Mayim's wedding dress a few blogs ago, but I take it back.)
Mayim is a great role model for young girls.
Mayim not only epitomizes the ideas that girls can be good at science, but she's also a successful actresses (arguably what more little girls aspire to) and a scientist. She is one of the few in Hollywood with a Ph.D.! Even Harvard-educated Natalie can't claim that one.
Mayim is a nice Jewish girl who makes her parents proud.
After Blossom, Mayim got accepted to both Harvard and Yale, but chose to attend UCLA because it was close to her parents, isn't that sweet!
Mayim is a great role model for observant Jews.
Along with her B.S. in Neuroscience, Mayim studied Hebrew and Jewish Studies at UCLA which spurred her journey to as she puts it, "embracing traditional Jewish values." According to Wikipedia, Mayim considers herself to be a "Conservadox Jew" who studies Torah weekly with two study partners. You'll never see Mayim in anything but a knee length skirt on The Big Bang Theory because even while acting she stays true to her values.
Some bonus information: Mayim's husband actually converted to Judaism and several years after their marriage, her mother-in-law followed suit. Extra points to Mayim for bringing people into the tribe!
Mayim supports important Jewish causes.
I especially love it when Jewish celebs use their celebrity to support specifically Jewish causes. Mayim leads the pack in this catagory. She's appeared in several YouTube cameos as Blossom and Amy Farrah Fowler asking questions about Jewish beliefs. She's attended Tribefest in past years- where young Jewish 20 and 30somethings from around the country gather to discover Jewish culture, food, music, spirituality and new friends. She's judged the annual Jewish Community Heroes contest- she helped crown this year's winner Randy Gold of Jewish Gene Screen. She narrated the powerful documentary Women Unchained about the experiences of modern-day agunot, women whose husbands refuse to grant them a Jewish divorce. And that's just what I can think of off the top of my head
Mayim is a hilarious actress.
Go home and watch an episode of The Big Bang Theory. I personally promise you won't regret it. TBS has reruns on every night and new episodes air every Thursday at 7pm on CBS.
If you just can't wait till you get home tonight, then check out this recent YouTube video she starred in titled, "stuff Kosher meat eaters say to Kosher vegans." Enjoy!