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The older generation is probably most familiar with Mayim Bialik as Blossom in the TV series of the same name. For the younger generation, Bialik is likely better known as Amy Farrah Fowler in the hit comedy series Big Bang Theory. Others might even recognize her equally from both TV shows. Regardless, Mayim Bialik has certainly had an eventful life, and below you’ll find ten interesting facts and trivia about her that you probably didn’t know before!

Mayim Bialik also holds a PhD in Neuroscience…

Mayim Bialik earned her bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from UCLA, with minors in Hebrew and Jewish Studies. After a break, she returned to school and earned her PhD in Neuroscience. Bialik focused her dissertation on studying brain activity in patients with Prader-Willi syndrome. Her knowledge also proved helpful to the production team behind the TV series Big Bang Theory. [source]

She was accepted to both Harvard and Yale…

After high school, Bialik was accepted to Harvard, Yale, and UCLA. Despite the significant achievement of being accepted into Ivy League schools, Bialik chose to attend UCLA. The reasons? She wanted to stay close to her parents and didn’t want to move to the East Coast. In other words, she’s clearly a very smart actress! [source]

She returned to acting to spend more time with her children…

With a PhD, instant name recognition, and academic brilliance, Bialik could have pursued a successful career as a neuroscientist. Instead, she returned to acting, a decision influenced by her growing family. Bialik has two sons with her former husband Michael Stone. They asserted that their approach to parenting required being available for their children and not being tied to a lab. “I am glad I got my PhD, and I’m very proud of it“, Bialik said in an interview, “but the life of a research professor wouldn’t have met the needs I had in terms of the kind of parenting I wanted to do“. [source]

Of course, she’s also an author and a vegan…

Bialik’s vegan cookbook, Mayim’s Vegan Table, features over 100 tasty and healthy recipes, taking a family– and budget-friendly approach to vegan cooking. The book also includes cooking tips and advice for stocking a plant-based kitchen. [source]

She’s also a lactation consultant…

Mayim Bialik is a prominent advocate for breastfeeding and is a certified lactation consultant – and she doesn’t charge for her services. [source]

She has always been open about her battle with depression…

Despite her career in comedy, Bialik remains open about her ongoing battle with depression. In 2018, she candidly discussed her experiences with therapy and encouraged others not to give up seeking treatment. [source]

Her first on-screen kiss was with Johnny Galecki…

No, we’re not suggesting that Johnny Galecki – who plays Leonard in Big Bang Theory – and Bialik’s character Amy kissed on the show. It was actually back in 1991 when 14-year-old Mayim Bialik and future Big Bang Theory star Johnny Galecki shared a kiss in an episode of the TV series Blossom. Bialik later admitted that it might have been her first kiss ever. In 2016, they playfully reenacted the kiss during an appearance on Conan. [source]

She was involved in a serious car accident in 2012…

In 2012, a serious car accident involving Bialik resulted in a significant injury to her right hand. “I have all my fingers, but a very impaired right hand. It was very bloody and scary, but I am okay,” she wrote on her social media at the time. While driving in Hollywood, someone turned directly into her vehicle. A year later, Bialik filed a lawsuit against the driver and the car rental agency through which he obtained the vehicle. A source told TMZ that “her finger was almost completely severed“. Bialik sought damages, including compensation for lost wages. [source]

She plays the piano, trumpet, bass, and harp…

Mayim Bialik is a multi-talented instrumentalist in addition to being an actress and neuroscientist. She plays the piano, trumpet, and bass. And when she learned that her character, Amy, in Big Bang Theory was also a harpist, Mayim learned the basics of playing the harp too! [source]

She once auditioned for a “Spider-Man” film – but didn’t get the role…

Mayim Bialik told Insider in April 2021 that she would love to appear in a superhero film or TV show: “I’ve tried really hard, and I would like to think that maybe someday that could happen,” Bialik said. “I auditioned to play the teacher in one of the ‘Spider-Man’ films, but I didn’t quite understand it.” She added: “I’ve passed on the young brilliant character, but I still think there’s a place for me. I’m a huge Marvel and DC person, but clearly, DC is my Warner Bros. family. I’m a bit partial to it.” Who knows, maybe we’ll see Mayim Bialik in a superhero film in the future? [source]

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