Mayim Bialik: "It's never going to be trendy to be observant or religious in Hollywood circles"


On people finding it hard to reconcile the fact that she has a neuroscience degree with her being religious: "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"

On her faith: "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"

On modesty: "Being a modest dresser, that for me is a certain amount of my religious faith -- privacy and chastity. Just because I have a body, doesn’t mean it means to be on display"

She dislikes being labelled a prude: "It's important, especially for children and men and my sons to hear I'm not ashamed of my body, I just don’t feel the need to display it with two tiny pieces of fabric when I want to go swimming"

She thinks that the criticism she has got for her support of Israel is anti-Semitic: "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."

Also talks about BBT and her new website (and how it's not like GOOP) here at the SOURCE