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(Buzz Feed) Mayim Bialik: "Life Gets Better When You're A Nerd"


Mayim Bialik started her acting career as the star of '90s hit show Blossom. Then, in a notable move for a successful Hollywood actress, she went to UCLA to get a PhD in neuroscience. These days, in a natural evolution of her career, she plays a scientist on the popular CBS sitcom, The Big Bang Theory. She talks to BuzzFeed Shift about what Hollywood can learn from the science community, child reality stars, and more.
You're a part of the science and academic community, as well as in the Hollywood entertainment industry. How have the experiences differed?
You know, there’s actually a lot of similarities between the two, but I guess the biggest difference is I don’t have to have nice hair and makeup when I’m teaching or when I’m in academia. So the world is very different as an actor, but I think that’s also part of what’s fun about playing a female scientist on TV.
If you could give your tweenage self some guidance, what would you say?
I'd say that life gets better when you're a nerd. It's really hard to be a nerd in junior high and high school and to feel like no one else is like you. It definitely gets better when you're an adult, either because you stop caring that people don't like you, or you do find more people who are like you.
You've made it known that you're not particularly interested in fashion or style trends. How do you feel about the standards that Hollywood sets for women?
I think they're ridiculous. Back in the Blossom days [1991 - 1995], it was much less prominent. More of the pressure for fashion and for thinness started with adult actors, but I think now you see it with younger and younger actresses. LA is a very isolated bubble of this country and of this world, but there's a tremendous amount of attention to what goes on in Hollywood, especially fashion-wise and body-wise. I like to refer to myself as the fattest woman in Hollywood, because I feel like I am.
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