Mayim Bialik

A public person I find extraordinary interesting to observe and indulge into their work, is the actor Mayim Bialik; most known for her contributions to the sitcom scene in her roles Blossom Russo from Blossom (1990-1995) and, primarily, Amy Farrah Fowler in The Big Bang Theory (2007-). However, some of her lesser known work is equally as interesting as her acting career. Prior to appearing on the screen as Amy finished her PhD in neuroscience, and after her success on the show she has also established her own Youtube channel, in which she discusses topics such as motherhood, veganism, and religion, and founded the website Grok Nation, which also is a discussion based collection of articles examining topics of food, animal welfare, and book reviews, to only mention a few. Her most recent endeavours is the publication of her two books regarding growing up and puberty, from the perspective of both the scientific and social aspect; Girling Up: How to be Strong, Smart, and Spectacular (2017) and Boying Up: How to be Brave, Bold, and Brilliant (2018).

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And while proceeding in all her endeavours is all impressing and surely adds to her to the list of some of the more interesting and complex public people of today, Bialik’s greatest work must be portraying Amy and bringing another level to The Big Bang Theory. The series often praises itself solemnly on the character of Sheldon Cooper, who with his behaviour mishaps and high intelligence is most recognised as the star of the show. However, after having watched the show for years and at times agreed with the greater mass I’ve found myself alter my focus over the years, this time to Amy. Her character starts off being very similar to Sheldon, therefore their instant connection, but develops with the years more naturally than any other of the characters, which in some cases don’t develop at all. This puts Amy in a specific and unique situation, still having the same intelligence and quick, almost sardonic commentary as Sheldon, but also being able to adapt to social situations, and ultimately, adapt Sheldon. With Amy, the audience is able to watch the layers of loneliness and alienation Amy has felt growing up unfold as she is accepted and established in the main group; being more accepting of her sexuality, finding comfort by having close friendships, and finally being able to trust in love, as she falls in love with and establishes a romantic relationship with Sheldon. The character of Amy is obviously a result of the writing of the show, but a lot of depth brought to the personality of Amy has, in my opinion, a direct connection to Bialik. Her commitment to the character and her storyline  is the absolute embodiment of acting at its best, when the role and the actor are perfectly suited for each other. Amy is highly intelligent, empathic, and open minded, and so is Bialik, both of them with personal perks that sets them apart. They feel intertwined, like twins, similar but different.

Bialik continues to impress by her transparency about the subjects that matters the most, such as politics regarding for example gender equality and feminism, environmentalism and the movement of a better climate, and motherhood, all on her Youtube channel mentioned earlier. Bialik has expressed her opinions on feminism to be strong, but simultaneously socially conservative, which might confuse a great majority of the movement, but I find it utterly mind opening as Bialik doesn’t use her opinions to convince others nor moralises the other side of the feminist spectrum. This is perfectly performed in her video with Avital Norman Nathman, in which they discuss a photograph Amber Rose shared of herself being nude and how their different views of the matter can alter the discussion; shedding light on both Bialik’s belief in the conservative perspective of social politics, and Norman Nathman’s more liberal or perhaps left winged opinion of the matter.

Another debate that Bialik has chosen to embark on is the matter of the environment, especially regarding eating and veganism. Bialik is a known vegan, having written several books on the topic, also raising her two sons to be vegan, which she discusses and explains openly through social media, again with the nature of which she discusses feminism; with an open mind without moralizing others in their choices. This exemplifies the perfect attitude that more public people should take inspiration from, talking openly about societal issues without using shame as the tool of power.



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