When Mayim Bialik tried out for “The Big Bang Theory,” she was clear that she was perfect. But she hadn’t even watched the show. She knew that her previous work had been mentioned on the show. “Someone told me that in one season of ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ they said the girl from ‘Blossom’ is a scientist,” she told “ET. So when someone told me that, I thought, “Oh, it must be a game show, like a trivia show.”
Bialik broke out in “Beaches.”
When Bialik tried out for young C.C. Bloom in the 1988 movie “Beaches,” it was a big break. After four months, she thought there was no way she would get the part. Her hair was the wrong color, and when she was 12, that seemed like an impossible problem. Of course, all it took to change her look was a wig. Her accent, singing, and lively personality was all her own. It’s hard to think of another little girl who could play Bette Midler’s character.
Bialik was just like any other kid when she wasn’t on set. She ate Nathan’s hamburgers for lunch and took naps in her trailer on hot days. But when the cameras were rolling, she gave a performance that got rave reviews (even though many critics didn’t like the rest of the movie) and launched her into a life she could never have imagined.
She blossomed on her show.
Two years later, Bialik started playing the lead role in the NBC sitcom “Blossom.” The show is about a teenager who lives with her father and two brothers after their mother leaves. It dealt with many different things, like kids growing up without a mother, drug use, sibling rivalry, and divorce, and Bialik loved working on it with Ted Wass, Michael Stoyanov, and Joey Lawrence. She told US Weekly, “This show was different when it came out in 1990.” “At the time, a network TV show about a girl was unheard of, and people thought we were crazy to try it.”
Even Mayim Bialik was shocked when she returned to full-time acting.
Mayim Bialik took a long break from acting full-time while raising her young children, teaching neuroscience, and teaching students Hebrew and piano. Her health insurance was also about to run out. But in the end, she decided she wanted to spend more time with her kids. “I figured if I could just get a couple acting jobs here and there, I’d get insurance also,” she said on “The Social,” according to CBR.com. “I didn’t think I’d be on a TV show all the time.”
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