March 12th, 2012
05:25 PM ET

Tell us, Mayim Bialik: What's next for you?

Mayim Bialik is apparently "on a quest to unseat James Franco as Hollywood's reigning renaissance person," as iReporter Andy Clinton points out with his question for the "Big Bang Theory" star.

Bialik, after all, has gone from acting to getting a P.h.D. in neuroscience, only to return to acting once again, with a little writing in between. So what's up next for the actress?

"I'm working on my next book, but I think I may have touched all the areas I need to: Neuroscience, acting, writing....I do a lot of speaking engagements. That's pretty much it," she says.

But then again, there's one other thing she can add to her wide-ranging to-do list: "James Franco and I need to do probably seven projects together - that would be the way to complete the renaissance path I'm on."

Filed under: Big Bang Theory • television

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  1. uoflcardfan08

    Ah, I love all the comments about MB's looks....

    Nothing beats anonymous internet badasses.

    All I know is that while you're laughing at her, she's laughing all the way to the bank.

    June 20, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. brenda

    March 14, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |

    I love her character on Big Bang Theory! Geez lighten up people.

    March 13, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Katie

    She's an anti-vaccination moron. Which sadly proves that you can obtain a PhD in a hard science and still be a total idiot.

    March 13, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Gobsmacked

    Well, catch THIS pic of Ms Bialik! Not so "fugly" eh? Pretty sure they drab her up for the role, at least to some degree.

    March 13, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jimmmer

    He seems pretty smart.

    March 13, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. leroy

    I'd do Bernadette. She's freakin hotttttttttt.

    March 13, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Eric

    So many tools wrapped up in how she looks – Does it matter? No it doesn't. And to the brain trust that will go out with Paris before MB, good luck in having a remotely intelligent conversation with that one – or even being considered for a date by her since she is so far above anyone without a ton of cash. At least MB has her priorities in order!

    March 13, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • MalcolmXcrement

      You must be one of those alternative lifestylers...
      Newsflash. No real man would look at Paris Hilton and worry about having an intelligient conversation with her.
      Except to say "bend over" or "go gargle before you kiss me".

      March 13, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. MalcolmXcrement

    What's next for Mayim Bialik?


    March 13, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jinda

    a face transplant.

    March 13, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  11. Boshawn

    I'll bet my Phd is bigger than yours my"Petty Humongous D!ck".

    March 13, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  12. ftroy01

    The trolls are out in force on this one. Anyone in there right mind who thinks there is anything even remotely attractive about this woman(and I use that term lightly) needs more than just glasses. My God that is one horrendous looking female!! Now is she good on the show He__ yes she is outstanding!!! Someone said Paris Hilton I like Paris!! so get off her case. I would take her in any decade before I would take this SK_____K!! At lease Paris is easy on the eyes!!! Kim K to for that matter. He__ her co-star Kaley (AKA Penny) is HOT!!!!

    March 13, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  13. Steve

    She uses her Ph.D. status to push holistic medicine and abusive child-rearing practices. Seriously. Look her up.

    March 13, 2012 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  14. Mammy


    March 13, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  15. sabuscott

    For those commenting about her looks, the show intentionally makes her look that way, They dress her like she shops at the worst resale shop in the world, too. Come to think of it, they do that to the whole cast, except for hot neighbor Penny.

    March 13, 2012 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  16. The

    Bialik is one funny chick! I'd rather watch her than James Franco any day!

    March 13, 2012 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  17. Josh

    Interesting how intolerant people are being here in regards to other being intolerant.
    "You don't like her looks? That's immature and I'll show you how immature it is by insulting you and your mother"

    March 13, 2012 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  18. Uncle Joe

    I say "Bravo" to this young lady. Unlike numerous other actors, she went on to college; got a Phd, and then returned to acting in a very funny TV show. You didn't see her name in the tabloids or on TV getting busted for DWI or drug abuse.

    March 13, 2012 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  19. Laura

    hahahahaha so many funny and stupid comments from some pretty weird people ("Phd" included). If you were really this intelligent and studied you should all be working at a very important enterprise instead of writting comments on the entertainment section of CNN, but the sad truth is that you all (like me) have nothing better to do. And by the way I'm only a Bachelor in Science.

    March 13, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
    • David in Corpus

      HAHA, you funny Laura. I get bored at work too. I would definately prefer better entertainment than these blogs but such is life.
      I googled the person in this article. Who knew. I never watched tv in the 80's. I really thought it was a dude. She was slightly more feminine as a youngster.

      March 13, 2012 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  20. Hot Carl

    She's pretty in an ugly sorta way.

    March 13, 2012 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  21. sonic the hedgehog

    Ive heard bout the big bang theory and ive seen a couple of episodes i think its a good show

    March 13, 2012 at 6:38 am | Report abuse |
  22. The REAL Leucadia Bob

    This Blossom chik looks like a tranny with a grill that took a couple hits from a fryin pan! Time to go under the knife baby!! Either that, or I will pretend she is a dude and pound her poop chute with my monster sausage!!

    March 13, 2012 at 6:33 am | Report abuse |
  23. Elisabeth

    Am I the only one who remembers her as the nerdy girl from "Webster"?

    March 13, 2012 at 4:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Elisabeth

      Am I da only one that strokes my box while I think of this dy-ko Blossom? Does her manly looks turn you on? Wouldn't you just love to ram her pooper with a super-sized strap-on??

      March 13, 2012 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
  24. chefjeff

    Why are all you people feeding these TROLLS?

    March 13, 2012 at 4:31 am | Report abuse |
  25. Jross

    Who knew? Clever girl.

    March 13, 2012 at 3:05 am | Report abuse |
  26. Ryan

    I obviously can't speak for all these shallow morons commenting on her looks but her intelligence, motivation, success, maturity, individuality, etc. is EXTREMELY attractive in its own right...yes I believe in raw physical attraction but nothin' is quite as hot as a woman with SUBSTANCE...keep doin' what you're doin' are a role model to women everywhere...and The Big Bang Theory is a great show!!!

    March 13, 2012 at 2:58 am | Report abuse |
    • inforbreakfast

      I obviously don't know Ms. Bialik, but I will go on at length as if I did and laud her impeccable character. You indeed are a shining beacon of womanhood, even though I know little of who you actually are as a person. You know, that intimate knowledge of another human being which can only come about through a palpable relationship? But I will assume to know you and fight for you, up until the nature of our relationship is scrutinized. And then the world shall know that you never even knew me.

      March 13, 2012 at 3:13 am | Report abuse |
  27. Paul

    Love her on BBT. That's always been a great show and only got better when she joined the cast. She's one very talented lady! Smart too.

    See, some child stars actually survive and thrive!

    March 13, 2012 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
    • popfly68

      I agree – she is talented and witty. She was great as the young Bette Midler in Beaches.

      March 13, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Matt

    I remember her from MacGyver, before Blossom! No doubt that's where she honed her smarts... I wonder if she could do neurosurgery with duct tape and a swiss army knife?

    March 13, 2012 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      I slap my salami thinkin of this Blossom dude...I mean chick. Dammm! That is one messed up greeel! She is a freak of nature. How this dude got into television is beyond me....

      March 13, 2012 at 6:38 am | Report abuse |
  29. Lizzy10

    I admire anyone who can get a P.h.D. I think she's a little wacky, not a fan of the "family" bed theory, but to each her own. I love her on The Big Bang Theory, she's a good actress.

    March 13, 2012 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
    • David in Corpus

      Having been in academia I can tell you firsthand that the average PhD knows alot about one subject and jacksht about everything else. Writing papers and taking notes non-stop is not necessarily an accomplishment, putting that education to use in a manner that is productive to one's self and society is impressive.
      I have known more working class people with a solid grasp of what life is really about than these supposed 'smart people' who are totally out of touch with reality. Oh, and by the way professor, put your fkn shoes back on in your office when students are coming by to ask a question, lazy, stinky footed fks.

      March 13, 2012 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • BeachOBX

      David – I've been in academia for 25 years and, given my experiences, what you describe is the exception and not the norm. I teach/do research at a large state university and most of my colleagues have non-academic expertise in something. For example, one is a woodworker, one welds, I can do plumbing, one in an expert seamstress and another can fix just about anything on a car. Most all of us engineering professors here wear shoes both in the office and outside the office. We do 'real world' consulting for non-profits so most of us know how to communicate with people who don't live inside our 'ivory tower'. We actually don't live inside the ivory tower but that is some people's perception. And you know the rule: perception always wins over reality.

      March 13, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Readabook

    I would trade my adorable nose for a PhD.

    March 12, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  31. theAntiELVIS

    I got a thing for big noses. And brains. She's 100% babelicious!

    March 12, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  32. smartguy

    She's fantastically intelligent and beautiful in a way the useless porn-star junkies here apparently can't appreciate.

    March 12, 2012 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Mary

    She is one smart and accomplished lady. She's goes by the own beat of her drum. Amazing.

    March 12, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  34. tcar

    What's next? How about a name that you can pronounce.

    March 12, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daisy

      I suspect that any name with more than one syllable will be too difficult for you to pronounce.

      March 12, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      People who smugly show off their lack of intelligence are the most entertaining of all. Thanks, tcar.

      March 12, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Max Bialystock! Bialystock and Bloom!

      March 12, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Cassie


    March 12, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Um, I don't think her sons' estimation of her looks is the most important thing. That's a little creepy. On another note, Max Bialystock is in town! Bialystock and Bloom!

      March 12, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • urouttolunch

      Uglypeoplecanberichandsmartbutcassiecantevenmusterthecognitivecapacitytopeeonthestolenpregnancytest. Bazinga.

      March 13, 2012 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
    • urouttolunch

      I iz one of da biggest flamers on this blog!! I have taken many a jig-a-boo meat stick right up da ol keister!! Anyone wana schlob my salty knob??

      March 13, 2012 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
  36. Sierra

    Finally, an actress with a good head on her shoulders,.....she speaks the truth and most importantly,she is true to herself...

    March 12, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Ralph Cramden

    somewhere, in some remote, redneck university laboratory, there's a nerd fapping right now.

    March 12, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  38. James Thurgewes

    Did someone say "Max Bialystock?"

    March 12, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Godaffaday!

      Lee Meredith, the original Uma in the Producers was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO hot!

      Where's my blanket?? WHERE'S MY BLANKIE??????


      March 13, 2012 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
  39. Cindy

    Wonder what her parents did differently that many others that kept her on such a grounded path?

    March 12, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ralph Cramden

      Probably the same thing parents off many other post-graduate educated kids did.

      March 12, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • urouttolunch

      Mirrored up her bedroom? That would check her ego on a daily basis.

      March 13, 2012 at 2:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Liutgard

      They actually were parents. They saw her as a child to raise, not as a career to manage and a cash cow to milk.

      March 13, 2012 at 5:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Info Bob

      Her parents were probably brother and sister. Explains a lot.

      March 13, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  40. TomZemkeTALENT

    Ladies & Gentlemen "A TOAST to a DOUBLE-GENIUS!"

    March 12, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  41. sheldoncooper


    March 12, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  42. meowtainlion

    if she is so smart, why is she on such a horrible show?

    March 12, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • stupidlion

      Guess smarts doesn't run too deep in your family. The show is one of the most watched programs on television and it probably pays her more money for a week's work than you make in a year.

      March 12, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • smartguy

      If she's so smart, why are you so dumb? It's like you're not even part of the same species.

      March 12, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • urouttolunch

      Youre just jealous because YOUR show is horrible!!!! Lol total pwnage!

      March 13, 2012 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
  43. mikrik13

    Ms. Bailik also plays a friend that just happens to be a girl to the Sheldon Cooper character. An accomplishment James Franco can never hope to achieve.

    March 12, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Leucaida Bob

    March 12, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • The REAL Leucadia Bob

      i post the same lame video on every CNN blog! I iz also a butt pirate and I iz lookin for sum young gayboyz so we can pump each other in da plump rump!!

      March 13, 2012 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Leucadia Bob

      Forgot!! Also schtoopin all dem fruits gets me all hot n bothered!! I will plug you keister with my monster-sized roto-donger!! Let partee down!!

      March 13, 2012 at 6:53 am | Report abuse |
  45. Andrew

    Wow! Lots of nasty comments about her looks. You don't have to hate her for her looks. Hate her for being substantially smarter than you (and me).

    March 12, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |

      she's so ugly, I don't care how smart she is. she shouldn't be allowed on tv. she shouldn't be allowed to reproduce. she's of no use to anybody this ugly. i have to go throw up.

      March 12, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |

      what happened to freedom of speech cnn. communist cnn.

      March 12, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • urouttolunch

      If I have two PhDs, does that make me twice as smart as her? I don't want to say it, but the math speaks for itself. And yes, I do. See my previous comments if you don't believe.

      March 13, 2012 at 2:47 am | Report abuse |
    • James K.

      I hate her for throwing her intellect away on acting when she could be doing something important.

      March 13, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  46. jj

    Enjoyed her in Blossom, admire her career in neuroscience, and enjoy her on Big Bang Theory.

    March 12, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  47. ralph

    Smart chick!

    March 12, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Raine

    Remembering her as Blossom, and seeing her grow up into a brilliant neuroscientist and wife & mother of two.....accomplishing all this at her young age. She is awesome and I wish her the best in life!
    She wasn't running around drinking, drugging, sleeping with numbers of men.& getting into trouble like Paris Hilton or Lindsay Lohan etc.

    March 12, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Priya

      I'm a big fan of Mayim Bialik's. She's intelligent and talented. She wasn't afraid to pursue her education. I love her character on TBBT. Best wishes to her.

      March 13, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Bill White

    I have a suggestion for what's next for Mayhem about some plastic surgery.

    March 12, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • urouttolunch

      Golly, another genius drops by! Did you get your 55 gallon barrel of Pro activ yet? I heard the Nobel Committee is reluctant to award you the Prize until you get that little problem under control.

      March 12, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Furious Styles

      Bill you must be one Devilish Capitalist.

      March 12, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • r

      Your momma's so fat she needs two drivers' licenses.

      March 12, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • smartguy

      ...Says the guy who turned Medusa to stone.

      March 12, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Funker

      I have a suggestion for what's next for Bill about a lobotomy (unless it's already happened)?

      March 13, 2012 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Urouttolunch

      I just received a call on my Bialik-line, and it seems I am her greatest protector. I also just received my own phd recently. It came in the hemmroid cream box.

      March 13, 2012 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |
  50. Moonbeam

    @Tom: She is a brilliant neuroscientist, and some of the medical information in her book has been helpful to me. Besides her contribution to the entertainment industry, she is much importantly conributing to the world of medicine. If you prefer the work of "pretty" authors, I believe Paris Hilton published a book a few years ago.

    March 12, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mastodonrocks

      Only one problem with that....Paris Hilton is hideous, inside and out.

      March 13, 2012 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
    • urouttolunch

      lol. Good one Mastadorocks. The only person more hideous than Paris Hilton has to be Michelle Obama. Maybe Lindsay Lohan before Michelle. It's funny that I've thought about this before on the train. Deja vu!

      March 13, 2012 at 2:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Ding

      Tom isn't commenting on her intelligence or contribution to society. He said she's hideous looking, not a hideous person.

      Try to stay on topic.

      March 13, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  51. noneya2429

    That is one FUGLY woman.

    March 12, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubba

      Yeah, but son, she is a looker compared to your mother huh? I mean at least this one only has one chin, and I bet you can't hear her breathing from the other room.

      March 12, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • urouttolunch

      I imagine your PhD is on the mantel right next to your s e x iest man alive award.

      March 12, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • smartguy

      And you are one ugly human being, assuming you are human.
      If you're a rabid monkey, congratulations on mastering the keyboard.

      March 12, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Funker

      And you are one fugly person. She's done done more at 36 than you've done in your life, other than criticizing people anonymously on this thread. Yay for you!

      March 13, 2012 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
    • urouttolunch

      FYI, just put my two new doctorates on the mantel next to the golden condom I'm saving, along with myself, for a special, Blossoming, star. :*

      March 13, 2012 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
    • @ Beach, Joe, Kannem

      Don't be duped by the fake alias. The blue link is NOT the same as the black alias... try to differentiate between the two and you'll be fine. Blue link = troll.

      March 13, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  52. James Earl Ray

    Shut up Tom. She's one of the very few people in hollywierd who is comfortable with who she is. You wont hear a story about her in rehab.

    March 12, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Tom

    She is hideous looking.

    March 12, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubba

      Bet you got a perty mouth tho Tom.

      March 12, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • urouttolunch

      I'll bet you're a real Adonis. And so BRIGHT, to boot. What's your PhD in?

      March 12, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daisy

      You are just plain hideous.

      March 12, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Funker

      Tom: I'd prefer her over you any day (and twice on Sundays).

      March 13, 2012 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
    • John1

      To me, she is the kind of beautiful everyone should hope to be. How many pHD's do you have ?

      March 13, 2012 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
    • urouttolunch

      Just so it's clear, I have two PhDs. One in neuroscience and another in theoretical physics. So I'm kind of an expert at stuff like this. But you all wouldn't understand, being you have no PhDs. Perhaps you all should focus on what kind of toilet cleaner to use, and leave this section to those with ability.

      March 13, 2012 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
    • BeachOBX

      urouttolunch – IQ is not a linear function. Get your ego in check - from a math Ph.D.

      March 13, 2012 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      @urouttolunch, while I agree with your "Adonis" comment, your post chastising everyone for comment on PhD's sounds very self inflated and demeaning. One does not need a PhD to know when another is being an ass. Holding any kind of degree just means you took the classes, passed the tests, wrote the necessary papers and showed proficiency in that particular field. It does not mean you are smarter than those who don't.

      March 13, 2012 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Kannem

      To: urouttolunch: If you had actually studied for even one Doctorate, you would know that no one "has" or "holds" one; people who complete the requirements are created a Doctor. Also, you exhibit such atrocious grammar – "But you all wouldn't understand, being you have no PhDs" – that, perhaps, it's time for you to return to school.

      March 13, 2012 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
    • bob

      I am pretty sure that @urouttolunch was trying to be funny and sound like Sheldon making fun of Howard for not having a Phd. Lets save the bile for the real villain here... The OP.

      March 13, 2012 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
    • urouttolunch

      Well, that's interesting. I didn't realize one's "name" could be hijacked. Don't know who the troll who posted about the toilet cleaner, but it wasn't me.

      March 13, 2012 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
    • @ urouttolunch

      Get used to it... some blue link guy has been doing this all over with other people's aliases, too. Posing as others and trying to pin the blame on those same "others." Just ignore the troll (unlike what the above posters did) and perhaps he might go get a life for once.

      March 13, 2012 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
    • David in Corpus

      What show was this guy on? I don't recognize him.

      March 13, 2012 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
    • PHD

      None of you have me. Now get back to rolling cinnabons.

      March 13, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |


      March 13, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Hey Tom...What's your Phd in? now go back to cleaning toilets....

      March 13, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Hey Tom...What's your Phd in? now go back to scrubbing toilets......there's a big stain

      March 13, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • the..end

      I have whatever PHd it takes to win this argument. Times double infinity.

      March 13, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • jimmmer

      "What's your PhD in?"

      Bangin your mom.

      March 13, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • kit8

      How stupid can you be?

      March 13, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  54. James Earl Ray

    Dont know about the future, if anything is clear. Aint no good a reason bout gettin all depressed. Somethin, somethin, pen and pencils, ill give you a piece of my mind. And its my Opionation, The Sun is gonna surely SHINE. Blossom was one of my favorite shows in the day. I knew she was blowin up when LL Cool J wore one of her hats on his MTV Unplugged concert.

    March 12, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  55. rusty

    I like tater tots.

    March 12, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Techno Viking

    Next on a very special Blossom...

    March 12, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |

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