After quitting showbiz for a bit, Mayim Bialik is back, pursuing what appears to be a renewed love for the medium.
At the end of nine years later The Big Bang Theory in which she played Dr Amy Farah Fowler, Bialik is now headlining her own new series, Call me Kat.
In the series, Bialik plays Kat, a single woman who, at age 39, decides to use her savings to change careers and open a cat cafe.
Join Bialik on Call me Kat behind the scenes is her former co-star Jim Parsons, who played her love interest / future husband on BBT.
Bialik joined the cast of BBT in its third season and describes this experience by saying: “[It] It was like entering the last semester of the last year of high school at a new school where you didn’t know anyone and there wasn’t even a locker. The Big Bang Theory was a finely oiled machine when I got there which was really fantastic as there was very little pressure and they already knew exactly what they were doing.
She adds, “I basically imitated Jim Parsons for the first couple of years, and it seemed to work.”
This action, she says, prepared her for her role as an executive producer on Call me Kat, but, “It’s a lot more pressure on me, personally; I will say that. But, also, it was such a joy. I mean, I’ve never had a job like this. I can absolutely tell that my time on The Big Bang Theory was fantastic, and my time on [my earlier sit-com] Flower changed my life, but this whole team did, for me personally, the best job I have ever had.
Explaining his aforementioned time away from acting, Bialik explains what happened, saying, “I was in [the movie] Beaches when I was 12. I had just started playing the year before. I left the industry because I wanted to have the experience of being appreciated for what was inside and not just for what I could offer people.
She was 19 when she left the industry. During his personal break, Bialik earned a doctorate, had two sons, and spent time teaching neuroscience. She admits that she returned to acting for a very economical reason.
“The honest truth from God is that I ran out of health insurance and got back to acting so I could literally get enough insurance to cover my toddler and baby,” she also admits, “I never saw The Big Bang Theory. I went to this audition, and it was a guest spot, maybe recurring. I didn’t know my life was about to change.
She assumes, “Life isn’t always what you think it’s going to be,” adding, “I love being a scientist. I’m still a scientist, and I do a lot of other things in science. But, you know, making you believe something, making you feel something and having fun seems to be where the universe wants me … and now I have insurance!
Discuss the genesis of Call me Kat, Bialik says: “We are based on the BBC show Miranda. “
In both shows, the main character breaks “the fourth wall”, speaking directly to the audience.
Because of this vanity, Call me Kat has been compared tangentially to the award-winning series on several occasions Chip bag, in which the main character also actively comes out and directly tells the audience how she feels.
About this comparison, Bialik says: “We like to point this out, with all due respect to Chip bag, and breaking the fourth wall, having this kind of dynamic woman, extremely eccentric and truly in love with life absolutely existed in Miranda. Chip bag, obviously, is a different vibe. We’re a four-camera sitcom [and Fleabag is a single camera series].
Parson adds: “It’s on paper, easier to make these comparisons, but [Call Me Kat] is just completely his own beast. It is his own machine largely built around Mayim. I understand the comparisons, but I don’t feel them at all when I watch this show.
Kat’s awkwardness in the dating world isn’t actually the story’s only focus, Bialik says. “It’s not that she’s uncomfortable with dating, she’s uncomfortable with the expectations that have been set for her, and I think a lot of people will. [relate to] this. What I like is that it’s not a show about a woman trying to find someone, it’s a show about a woman trying to be happy to find herself and see what happens along the way.
Bialik is also happy to see a certain individuality in her character, a trait that reminds her of the shows of yesteryear. “We’re showing a very unconventional woman, and I regret seeing women like this on TV. I grew up really admiring eccentric, multi-faceted women and actresses who weren’t afraid to be silly and sloppy and slip up and things like that. So, I’m really thankful that we’re showing a woman who owns everything on her own.
One question Bialik and Parsons must have asked is whether Parsons will be making an appearance on the show, to which Parsons says, “I don’t know, [but], I say “never say never about a cameo”.
Speculating on the future success of the series, Parsons says, “I can’t speak to what will work for.” [other] people are watching, but I know when I am looking at something good. I felt the same for big Bang before its premiere. I was like “it works” and I feel the same about it. I don’t know if others will like it too, but I know it’s good.
Echoing Parsons’ thoughts, Bialik adds, “I can’t predict if people are going to like this as much as we like to do, but it’s a very, very special environment. She is a very special woman.
The element that makes Call me Kat Particularly unique, says Bialik, is that she is a woman who “includes everyone in her world because that’s what makes her world interesting and colorful, and we include the audience. [in that]. They are in his jokes. They know about her experiences because that’s how she sees the world. Everyone is part of it. “
‘Call Me Kat’ premieres after an NFL doubles schedule on Sunday, Jan. 3 at 8 p.m. p / p on FOX. Then the series goes to its regular period at 9 e / p on Thursday, January 7.