'I had never seen The Big Bang Theory, I wasn't a TV watcher,' admits Mayim Bialik as she opens up about why she returned to Hollywood after long hiatus

By Jenna Good

As the star of Blossom, she was one of the biggest stars of Nineties TV.

But today Mayim Bialik revealed that after starring in the show, she not only stopped working in the TV industry - she stopped watching television altogether.

Speaking to Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O on KIIS FM 1065, Mayim, 38, who is currently starring in hit TV show The Big Bang Theory, said she had no idea how big the show was when she landed the role of Dr Amy Farrah Fowler.

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Too busy for TV: Mayim Bialik told Kyle and Jackie O she didn't have time for television before she landed her role on The Big Bang Theory

Too busy for TV: Mayim Bialik told Kyle and Jackie O she didn't have time for television before she landed her role on The Big Bang Theory

Mayim told the Sydney radio station: ‘I had never seen the show, I wasn’t a TV watcher so I hadn’t seen it.

 

‘I didn’t realise it was this super big deal.’

And when Kyle asked her how she managed to not watch television, she added: ‘I had two young children I was busy doing mum things.’

Big role: Mayim is currently starring in The Big Bang Theory as  Dr Amy Farrah Fowler, alongside Jim Parsons (pictured) who plays Sheldon Cooper

Big role: Mayim is currently starring in The Big Bang Theory as Dr Amy Farrah Fowler, alongside Jim Parsons (pictured) who plays Sheldon Cooper

The actress was away from the industry for 12 years after playing Blossom from 1990 to 1994 but  decided to get back into acting after training to be a Neuroscientist, for financial reasons.

She said: ‘I needed health insurance. 

‘I had two small kids and I hadn’t really acted as an adult. I had done it when I was younger and I figured actors are never employed so I could see my kids all the time.’

Mother: Mayim, pictured here with her two children Miles and Fred, is a big advocate of attachment parenting

Mother: Mayim, pictured here with her two children Miles and Fred, is a big advocate of attachment parenting

Mayim joked that she also thought about her age and decided to pursue the career while she was still young enough saying: ‘If you get grey hairs they put you in the dungeon.’

Mum of two boys - Miles, eight, and Fred, five, is an outspoken advocate of attachment parenting and told the radio presenters: 'There a nice attachment parenting community in Australia.

'I safely slept with both of my boys, I've never owned a crib. We had two giant mattresses on the floor it was a bit musical beds.'

Back in the day: Mayim was a huge TV in the nineties when she starred in Blossom

Back in the day: Mayim was a huge TV in the nineties when she starred in Blossom

Mayim split from her husband Michael Stone in 2013.

Last year she told ABC News: ‘Divorce is not fun and I don’t recommend it, but kids are absolutely resilient and they are also very sensitive and complicated little people.’

‘So, it’s been a summer of adjustment, but I’m happy to report they are doing really well.’

She went on to say that her ex-husband was coping well and that they were successfully co-parenting.

‘Their dad is doing well and we communicate really well,’ she added.

Mayim and Michael were married for nine years before she announced their divorce in November 2012.

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MONEY + ROYALTIES= STABILITY especially with those two crumb cruncher hanging on you .....

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I don't understand this article. She is an intelligent woman and has that natural star quality(annoying I know, wish I had it). She could be a Hollywood A list actor if she wishes, but that is her choice. I am not sticking up for her, but if you spend 12 hours a day doing these shows or films, you going to know it off by heart, so why would you need to watch it?

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MONEY that why......

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Its the only thing worth watching at the time .We only have 18 channels and 15 are just ads.

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I can't respect anyone who doesn't look over their work after it's done.

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She was accepted to Harvard and turned it down to stay on the East Coast. Eventually got a Ph.D. in neuroscience. There couldn't be a better match for her role.

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More Money, More Money ,More Money, that is why that other Actress Danica Mckellar which appeared on the show....

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She's a liar. I certainly never watched it. I tried one time but I can't stand shows that depend on a laugh track.

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What's she lying about exactly?

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that show is very funny....

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Love the show. Characters compliment each other extremely well. Perfect combination making it one of the funniest shows on TV.

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I agree with you but the word is *complement* not *compliment*. A common mistake... ; o ]

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Actually, Clara-Clara, it can be either

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"Back in the day: Mayim was a huge TV in the nineties when she starred in Blossom" She was a huge TV? Shame, DM.

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Yes she really was a huge tv back in the day. Does anyone proofread over there?

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Oh, come on, most are in it for the $$ and why not? Woudl most people keep going to work if they stopped getting a paycheck? I work for the money and I work to live and don't live to work - however - they get their money's worth, as I put in more hours than I'm legally supposed to and I do the best job possible. Doesn't make me a bad employee simply because I'm only it it for the paycheck.

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