Mayim Bialik details how she suffered from high levels of anxiety while filming The Big Bang Theory where she played Amy Farrah Fowler.
Mayim Bialik reveals she suffered from high levels of anxiety while filming The Big Bang Theory. The Flower The actress played Amy Farrah Fowler on the hit CBS sitcom until it ended two years ago after 12 seasons. Despite the lightness of the show, Bialik, apparently, struggled to work on it, especially when she couldn’t seem to be able to perform in a certain way.
Originally with just five main characters – Sheldon (Jim Parsons), Leonard (Johnny Galecki), Penny (Kaley Cuoco), Howard (Simon Helberg) and Raj (Kunal Nayyar) – the cast of The Big Bang Theory expanded by season 4 with the addition of Amy and Bernadette (Melissa Rauch). Since then, Bialik has become an integral part of the series as she developed a romance with Sheldon. Eventually, the couple got married, and at the end of the sitcom, they won the Nobel Prize in Physics for their work on super asymmetry. Next, Young Sheldon revealed that the couple are still strong going forward; they even confirmed they had a son named Leonard Cooper.
Speaking on his own web series, The breakdown of Mayim Bialik (via Good Housekeeping), Bialik spoke about his time working on The Big Bang Theory. Turns out she’s anxious about performing in general; she doesn’t do well at improv, so it was hard for her to be on a sitcom. The actress also said that there were times when she didn’t seem like she could play the way the director wanted and that not getting the reaction he wanted from the audience made it worse. She copes with this mainly through therapy.
“With acting stuff, my level of anxiety around the performance is very, very high. It’s a high level of anxiety. And when I tried to do things like improvisation – things that are very, sort of free-form, I freeze. I literally freeze. It’s like an instant knot in the throat … it’s stuck and there are tears there. Like, j want to cry. “
“I had this a handful of times when I was working on Big Bang Theory when there was a certain way they wanted a line delivered, and I was like, ‘Oh okay, I get it. I’ll do it in the next take. ‘ And I do, but it’s still not right. And sometimes it’s like the audience isn’t laughing, you know, it’s not funny … “
“I can usually do about four or five takes before my throat starts doing this thing.”
It should be noted that after playing in Flower, Bialik took a hiatus from acting and went to school, earning her bachelor’s degree in neuroscience in 2000. She made a brief return to Hollywood in 2005, but continued her education, eventually earning her doctorate. degree in neuroscience in 2007 – oddly enough, the same year The Big Bang Theory made its debut. Bialik was honest about not knowing what the sitcom was when she auditioned for it. In fact, the only reason she tried to join comedy was because she lost her health insurance. What is curious is if she always had anxiety about gambling, or if she developed it later.
After his long stint in The Big Bang Theory, Bialik is able to successfully transition to a new sitcom, playing the headliner in Call me Kat. The Fox comedy also marks the second time she has collaborated with Parsons producing the show. Apart from that, the actress is also the current acting host of Danger!. However, her previous controversial comments about vaccines and Harvey Weinstein’s victims make her a replacement that divides beloved Alex Trebek.
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Source: Mayim Bialik Outage (via Good Housekeeping)
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