After iconic roles on TV shows like Flower and The The Big Bang Theoryactress Mayim Bialik is now the host of Danger. Here are six amazing things you didn’t know about her.
What do you think was your greatest Kiddush Hashem – a moment you really excelled in the representation of the Jewish people?
It’s a funny question. I usually don’t identify them myself. I think it should generally be something that other people say or see. I think it’s hard to answer on my own without sounding like I care about myself or what I do. I consider it a great source of pride to wear a Jewish star when I make personal appearances or when I walk the red carpet. I also find ways to incorporate Jewish elements into what I wear.
What has been one of your biggest challenges as an observant Jew in show business?
I think the most obvious is the timing. Being a Jewish person of any level of observance means that we have a separate calendar. However, for those of us who live by a halachic calendar concept, this can be really difficult, especially throughout the Jewish holidays. It can be really hard to get people to understand what it’s like to live with two timelines in your head. Also, fall is really complicated because we basically have vacations every week for what seems like 86 weeks. It’s really, really difficult.
On a positive note, I’m very grateful that we were recording on Tuesday nights and not Friday nights. But, there are many holidays and events and things that fall on Shabbat. And again, leaving for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Shemini Atzeret is a big challenge. I am grateful to my lawyer, Shep Rosenman, who is also a mentor of mine, who helped me through all of this.
What have you learned from hosting Danger?
I learned that there are many things that I don’t know! I realize that there are many categories in the world and the universe that I know very little about. Plus, there are some amazing spirits I can watch and entertain. I also learned a lot about the writers and writing team and behind the scenes of creating the clues behind the game. It was wonderful.
How do you handle the intense pressure of such a spotlight?
Some will say that I’m not doing very well. To the best of my ability, I have a piece of paper in each pocket with two famous quotes from the comments. One says, “The world was created for me,” while the other says, “I am dust and ashes.” That’s how I manage the spotlight.
I also find immense comfort in Shabbat, by turning off the power and not working for at least part of my week.
Also, I try not to overload my personal schedule to make up for everything I miss by working so much and being in the spotlight. It means that I have to accept a calmer and simpler life.
What advice can you give to people going through a divorce?
There are many good resources, and in fact many good Jewish resources on divorce. The problem is that most of the resources available are primarily for children, despite the fact that most divorce issues are not on children. Separating your problems from your children’s problems is crucial and a real challenge.
What is your favorite Jewish book?
I mean… the five books of Moses? I hope that counts! I have many favorites, but the Torah is number one.
Regarding my other favorites, I can’t choose just one! As a dragged sheet by Milton Steinberg or out of the depths by Rabbi Israel Meir Lau is also one of my favorites.
There are also a lot of Bialik books, a personal file!