Department of Theatre

Mayim Bialik visits UNI

Monday April 11, 2016.

Actress and Neuroscientist Mayim Bialik was a guest speaker on campus, sharing her story in a lecture she called Arts + Sciences = Big Bang. She started her visit with a Q&A session in the Strayer-Wood Theatre. Students had the chance to ask her about her acting career, personal life, and general information they were curious about. Ms. Bialik answered the questions honestly and truthfully, and was very down to earth and friendly. She is also a bit shorter than one might initially expect.

She then talked more in depth at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center about her journey as a teen actor, leaving the industry to pursue a degree in biology, and later, neuroscience, and then getting back into the acting industry because -- wait for it -- she ran out of health insurance. She began auditioning for shows and landed a role on the popular TV sitcom “The Big Bang Theory,” on which she plays Amy Farrah Fowler.

It was interesting to listen to Ms. Bialik talk. She spoke openly and genuinely, making jokes at her audience, as well as her own expense. She discussed the importance of achieving your goals, whether you're male or female. Her message seemed to be “there will be problems in any industry, but don’t let them discourage you from accomplishing what you set out to do. “