Scientist Mayim Bialik reaps Emmy bid for playing one on ‘Big Bang Theory’ [Video]

How many neuroscientists are also Emmy nominees? Just one: Mayim Bialik of the CBS comedy series “The Big Bang Theory.”


After making her movie debut at age 13 in “Beaches” (1988), Bialik headlined the TV laffer “Blossom” for five seasons beginning in 1990. When that ended in 1995, she took a 10-year break from show business to earn a doctorate in neuroscience from UCLA.

After a few other acting roles, including a three-episode arc on “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” she appeared in the 2010 third season finale of “The Big Bang Theory” as Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler. This secret online blind date for Dr. Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) shared his nerdy personality. During the fourth season, Bialik became a recurring guest star and was upped to full-time cast member in the most recent fifth season.

In a video chat with Gold Derby, Bialik admitted, “I do a very poor imitation of Jim Parsons every week, and I’m nowhere near as great as him. But it’s really special to be nominated together. It’s also special to nominated as a couple, and I think it’s such an unlikely couple, such an unromantic, non-typical TV couple.”

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Bialik contends for Comedy Supporting Actress against Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara (“Modern Family“), Kathryn Joosten (“Desperate Housewives“), Merritt Wever (“Nurse Jackie“), and Kristen Wiig (“Saturday Night Live“). For the Emmy judging panel, she selected the episode “The Shiny Trinket Maneuver,” a segment where Amy gets upset at Sheldon because he trivializes a major accomplishment she achieves as a scientist and must buy her a gift to try and appease her.

Explaining this choice, she said, “I’ve had a lot of really fun, interesting episodes this year, and actually I wasn’t sure if that should be what I submitted for consideration. It’s been the episode that’s gotten the most talk about it. It shows physical comedy. It shows the physical aspect of the way that I perform which I hope sets me apart. I think some of my stronger episodes are about the relationship between Amy and Sheldon.”


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