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Mayim Bialik on The Big Bang Theory and her environmental activism

The Hollywood star gets candid about her character on the beloved sitcom and why she’s standing up for important social, political and environmental issues.
Mayim Bialik

Mayim Bialik is best known for playing neuroscientist Dr Amy Farrah Fowler on the hit series The Big Bang Theory, where her character has been romancing fan-favourite Sheldon Cooper since season three.

In real life, however, the star is also deeply passionate about causes close to her heart, from the environment to social injustices.

We sat down with the outspoken star – who recently featured in a viral video for SodaStream alongside Game of Thrones’ Kristian Nairn – to chat about her activism, her Big Bang Theory role and what’s coming up for the highly anticipated season 11.

How are you similar to your character Amy, and how are you different?

Amy and I are not so different in a lot of ways. There are things she and I are similar in, such as the way we approach thinking and our appreciation for science, but even I know not to mix stripes and plaids!

What’s next for Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory?

Well if you watched the season 10 finale I’m sure your jaw was on the floor, mine certainly was when I first read about it. I literally had no idea this proposal from Sheldon was coming.

So, if you want me to tell you what happens in the season opener of season 11…I can’t, because I don’t know! Your guess is as good as mine! As an actor and a writer, I could see this playing out several ways. But that’s not my job right now. My job is to wait through the summer to see what our writers decide!

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You frequently comment on social, environmental and political issues, and in your SodaStream commercial, we see the impact of plastic bottle pollution on the environment. How do you try to reduce your own carbon footprint?

I’m not trying to be a goody-goody (although I have been accused of that for sure!), but being kind to the planet is critical for our health, the health of the planet, and the health of generations to come.

I try, as much as I can, to reduce my own carbon footprint – I don’t consume animal products, I don’t have a lawn, I take very short showers, I read up on ways to consume less– I buy fewer things, own fewer things, and donate things I don’t need and downsize even in small ways.

You’re not only an actor but also a neuroscientist! As a neuroscientist, what would be your number one tip for better health?

Eat well and drink well. Healthy eating requires a bit more planning, but healthy drinking – consuming less sugar drinks and cutting back – or cutting out! – carbonated corn syrup-laden drinks is one of the easiest things we can do to improve our health.

We also categorically under-hydrate (the neuroscientist in me is coming out!), and this has a tremendous impact on our physical and mental condition. A hydrated brain is a healthy brain – and water is really all we need!

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