Mayim Bialik may leave us in stitches as Amy Farrah Fowler The Big Bang Theory, but behind the scenes the actress and neuroscientist gets just as passionate as her character when it comes to issues she truly believes in.
Recently, she spoke to Fox about how her faith intersects with her life of fame, and it sounds like Hollywood can make religious folks feel lonelier than this birthday party for one.
She doesn't hold back when it comes to discussing her experiences to FOX411, and gets real about everything from assumptions about her profession to frequent anti-Semitic attacks.
Bialik doesn't see Hollywood as overwhelmingly friendly to those who are religious
The candid celebrity admitted that Hollywood is rarely welcoming to people of faith, which has led her to seek out other likeminded people who also regularly practice a religion. As an observant Orthodox Jew (who makes some exceptions), she definitely feels like a bit of a black sheep in Tinsel Town.
I think in general it's never going to be trendy to be observant or religious in Hollywood circles. There are people I know of faith and we tend to congregate together.
She goes on to say that she's been labelled a "prude" by some who see her modest style as something thoroughly outside the norms of the typical revealing garb that grabs headlines. Even worse, people often call into question her commitment to science, as if it contradicts her Jewish beliefs.
Being a scientist and a person of faith, people want to know how that is. It leads to a lot of interesting conversations that I welcome but a lot of people want to open up a conversation just to tell you, 'You're wrong.'
Despite the backlash, she refuses to back down
Though Bialik often receives negative responses when she discusses her perspective (for instance, when she announced her liberal Zionist leanings last year), she remains steadfastly confident in her beliefs. She knows who she is, and she won't let any pressures from Hollywood change her.
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. 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.
It takes a strong and confident individual to field the kind of vitriol that she sees on a daily basis and still go to bat for causes she finds worthwhile. Online commenters and even some fellow industry professionals can be downright vicious when it comes Bialik speaking her mind or simply living her life.
The funny and intelligent lady gets major criticism when she just mentions visiting Israel, and I feel like many other public figures would begin to conceal their true thoughts if they received such scary messages.
I've gotten a lot of negative attention for visiting Israel. That’s what's amazing...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 are serving in an army.
What makes Mayim Bialik so special, however, is her commitment to her faith and sense of self. She will continue to stand out in Hollywood as a person of faith, and she's totally okay with that - as she should be.
(Source: Fox News)