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Mayim Bialik: Why I Returned to Acting

04/12/2010 at 02:00 PM ET
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When former child star Mayim Bialik walked away from Hollywood at the conclusion of Blossom, she thought it was for keeps.

“My initial plan was to pursue a life of academia,” she explains to PopEater, adding that the PhD she earned from UCLA is something she is “tremendously proud of.”

That plan changed, however, after Bialik became a mom to Miles Roosevelt, 4, and Frederick Heschel, 19 months, and she “fell in love” with the attachment parenting lifestyle, a “style of parenting that … was not compatible” with her continued studies.

“Putting the kids in daycare or being away from them” was a downside to academia, she says. “That was a huge part of what drove our decision.”

Big believers “that the most important thing in our life is these two children that have been delivered to us by the miracle of birth,” Bialik, 34, says that she and husband Michael Stone are “trying to fit” their lives around Miles and Fred.

She is quick to clarify that her new role on CBS’ The Big Bang Theory isn’t something she regards as second best, however. “It’s not that I don’t love acting; I do,” she insists.

“I love being on the set, I love watching all the cameras and the lights. I love watching everything come together. I’m a really old-fashioned actor. I like to be on the set,” Bialik says. “But I really like to be with my kids.”

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sad on

I didn’t realize that she had returned to acting. I may try to watch that show, just to see her. I used to love her on Blossom!!! She sounds like an extremely intelligent and loving mother. Many blessings to her and her family!

Mina on

I grew up on Blossom so I wondered for years where she was until I got hooked on CBB 3 years ago. I’m impressed with Mayim & many young people can learn by her life choices. I realize academia isnt for everyone but she managed to be an actor young & didnt grow up wild & crazy.

Jessicad on

I loved her on Blossom and I’m glad she’s back! I saw her on what not to wear and she seems really down to earth.

BtR on

WOW! Mayim looks great in that photo. Last time I saw her was on ‘What Not To Wear’ — she was really charming and sweet, and obviously one of their success stories!

As an aside: anyone know what her husband does for a living? I’m just asking out of idle curiousity, does he act too?

GiannaG on

BtR I noticed how different she looks here as well. I wonder if she had some subtle work done?

I can’t wait to see her on Big Bang. That show just seems to attract all the smart girls to guest star.

Tess on

BtR – I thought I read somewhere that her husband is a graduate student, but I don’t know if that’s accurate.

Beth R on

Just saw Mayim on Millionare as guest lifeline. She said her husband has a Masters in Political Science.

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