The woman who stars in one of television’s most popular sitcoms is a working mom with a Ph.D., and zero respect for Hollywood’s treatment of religious beliefs.
Actress Mayim Bialik — who plays Amy Farrah Fowler on “The Big Bang Theory” and starred as a teenager in the NBC sitcom “Blossom” – told Fox 411 last week that the entertainment business is not so inviting for believers.
Bialik, 39, who is Jewish, said she doesn’t like “the bureaucracy of organized religion,” but she does believe in a “power greater than” herself.
“I have an unwavering faith in a power greater than myself and I don’t think that will change any more than my belief in gravity will change,” she stated. “In terms of observance, my social media shuts down for [the Sabbath] and sometimes we go to synagogue, sometimes we stay at home and we do [Sabbath dinners]…I believe in [Jewish law] but I also believe in the permeability and changeability in the structure of Jewish law and I think Judaism has always adjusted to the times that it lived in and it’s adjusting in the time we are in now.”
”I think in general it’s never going to be trendy to be observant or religious in Hollywood circles,” she said.
“There are people I know of faith and we tend to congregate together. I study Jewish texts weekly. That’s something really positive to me when you’re a person of faith, it stays with you all the time.”
Being a Jew carries its own unique baggage, according to Bialik.
She recounted an incident visiting a friend in the Israel Defense Forces. ”I’ve gotten a lot of negative attention for visiting Israel.”
“Simply by going to Israel this summer and saying nothing more than, ‘I’ve gone to Israel,’ I got the same amount of hatred and threats and anti-Semitism for actually making a statement trying to support people, whether I like it or not, [who] are serving in an army,” she said.
“That reveals the truth,” Bialik added. “It really doesn’t matter what I support or believe the fact that I’m Jewish and go there is enough – that should be alarming to most people.”
Bialik has set up a website, GrokNation.com, drawing on her faith, her experience as a mother of two, her acting career, and her doctorate in neuroscience from UCLA, to share her thoughts and beliefs online.
“I am who I am and it just kind of happened the fact that I’m a public person but there are a lot of other parts to me,” she said.