Mayim Bialik and Jalen Rose talk about mental health and why she came back to the theater



I love “Jeopardy!” And after the death of the great Alex Trebek, we had a national debate on his successor. Unfortunately, the process of selecting a successor was more painful than a presidential election. It involved throwing mud, digging for dirt, and making up stories. This last point holds true for my ‘Renaissance Man’ guest Mayim Bialik, who is acting co-host – and admitted to having felt the sting of glare. This is especially true after being mistakenly called an anti-vaxxer.

“After the New York Times did an article about me that I found really neutral… I can’t tell you how many people were like, ‘she’s anti-vaxxer’,” he told me. she said about the month of October. article.

“And it’s like, ‘You haven’t read the article? This upsets me as a human. I don’t mind that much as a celebrity because, like, I’m grateful to my publicist for reminding me not to read the comments. I had a little slippage … But the point is, like, when people say things about you that aren’t true, it hurts. And it hurts, whether it’s between you and your girlfriend or, you and your lover or, you know, in the New York Times comments section… I really just wanted to say, “I’m not an anti-vaxxer.” . Like, my kids got vaccinated late. It’s true. And we were vaccinated.

Mayim has been a well-known actor for some time. As a child actor whose decisive role was a young CC Bloom (aka Bette Midler) in “Beaches”, she went on to play the brave teenager “Blossom”. Back then, the most controversial thing about her was her choice of floppy floral hats.

Now, in 2021 focused on social media, she is a mother of two, has a doctorate. in neuroscience and a lot of nuanced informed opinion that seemingly turns people on, who don’t read past the headlines. She also hosts “Breakdown,” a mental health podcast, where I was recently invited. Our chemistry was so strong that I decided to join them for a home and breakfast, where we talk about science, religion, childhood and hoops.

As a teenager I was famous so I know how it affects maturation. His fame was already established earlier. She spoke of her experience and I was able to nod in agreement.

“It’s hard to be told how amazing you are when you know it’s not always true. And it’s hard for people to care about you for what you can give them or what you can give them… So I think there’s a part of you that doesn’t really develop until bout, especially when you are known young. You know, like, there’s a part of you that always says, ‘Love me, love me. Like, what can I do? ‘ You know? So there is definitely an aspect of my life that has been shaped by this, ”she said. Although she doesn’t know who she would be without having walked this unique path of showbiz.

Mayim Bialik is now hosting 'Jeopardy!'  after an exhausting process to choose Alex Trebek's replacement.
Mayim Bialik is now hosting “Jeopardy!” after an exhausting process to choose Alex Trebek’s replacement.

The advantages were many: lots of NBA basketball games. It was the first time she had seen Shaq as a child and she attended an NBA All-Star Game. Born in Los Angeles to New Yorkers, her family is a huge Golden State fan. And let’s not forget his beloved UCLA Bruins. Mayim quit acting to go to UCLA. There she did regular things for the students, like sleeping outside the Pauley Hall to buy tickets.

“At that time, it was the decade of decadence at UCLA. I saw more games than I can count at the Pauley Pavilion… I mean, we were crazy for UCLA basketball, ”she said.

Mayim had hoped to become a psychiatrist and study medicine. But she said she didn’t have the grades, so instead she went to college. In addition, she took the time to become a mom and care for her three children now aged 13 and 16. The reason she returned is quite shocking. She needed health insurance.

“I didn’t think I would be on ‘Big Bang Theory’. I would never watch the show. Because I was so busy. We don’t have Medicare anymore because Medicare is not provided in this country unless you have a certain type of job, “she said. The importance of dealing with mental health issues was discussed a lot, but we also talked brain trivia and hoops.

Mayim did a great job with my Gone in 60 Seconds segment. She said the best Jewish delicacy people should try is a black and white cookie, which Steph Curry should host “Jeopardy!” and admitted she was terrible at math. Her favorite ’90s female TV character is Regina King’s Brenda Jenkins in “227” which is a great choice (although I’m a fan of Marla Gibbs who played my mom in the “Jalen vs. Everybody” pilot).

Finally, she said that if she wasn’t in showbiz, she would be a great organizer. I don’t want to brag, but being a former professional athlete and current avid traveler I’m also an ace at organizing, packing and cleaning garages. Rose Blossom Organizers is our new company. Let your cleanliness flourish. OK, so I haven’t checked with Mayim on this yet, but I think I would look great in a floral worker jumpsuit.

native of Detroit Jalen rose is a member of the University of Michigan iconoclast Fab Five, which turned the college hoop world upside down in the early ’90s. After playing 13 seasons in NBA basketball, he became a media personality. Rose is currently an analyst for “NBA Countdown” and “Get Up” and co-host of “Jalen & Jacoby”. He produced “The Fab Five” for ESPN’s “30 for 30” series, is the author of the best-selling book “Got To Give the People What They Want”, a fashion designer, and co-founded the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, a public charter school in his hometown.



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