Even neuroscientists need doctors.
Mayim Bialik, who plays the lovable and socially awkward neuroscientist Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler in “The Big Bang Theory,” told Peter Travers on his show “Popcorn” that she returned to acting to obtain health insurance.
Bialik, a four-time Emmy nominee for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy, also mirrors her show character somewhat — for she’s a neuroscientist in real life, too. She obtained her Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA in 2007.
According to ABC News, the mother of two told Travers that the reason for her hasty return to the TV business was because she sought medical benefits.
She had held a steady role and found early fame in the NBC sitcom “Blossom,” portraying the title character Blossom Russo, in the 1990s, and appeared in a handful of television series in guest spots. She’d also done a fair amount of voice acting work before “Big Bang.”
“The true story is I was running out of health insurance and figured if I could even get a couple of acting jobs here and there, and if it’s enough to get you your Screen Actors Guild Aftra health insurance, we would at least have insurance,” Bialik said on “Popcorn With Peter Travers.”
“My then-husband was still working on his master’s degree. I was teaching neuroscience for about five years. And I was not expecting to be a full-time actor. But this show called ‘Big Bang Theory’ brought me on,” she added.
On the show, Dr. Farrah Fowler dates the obsessive compulsive, inscrutable and brilliant theoretical physicist Dr. Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) — who has received his share of Emmy awards, too, throughout the show’s run.
Bialik joined the program in a guest role during the third season and was named to the main cast the next year. In May 2017, the sitcom completed its 10th season. Its viewership remains as sturdy as ever as 15.82 million people tuned into the season premiere last September.
In March 2017, “The Big Bang Theory” was picked up for two additional seasons (bringing it through 12). It returns to the air Sept. 25, 2017.