Mayim Bialik is making headlines for her comments on religion in Hollywood. In a recent interview, the “Big Bang Theory” star and active member of the Jewish faith said “it’s never going to be trendy to be observant Hollywood circles,” but the actress later hinted that the interview wasn’t intended to be a proclamation about the faithful in Tinseltown. On Monday, the Los Angeles Times posted that Bialik said her interview with Fox News had a “sort of flashy saucy title on it,” but she thanked the news outlet for talking about her new endeavor, GrokNation.
While promoting GrokNation, Mayim Bialik did talk religion. The Emmy winning actress revealed that while she doesn’t like “the bureaucracy of organized religion,” she regularly congregates with people of faith and studies Jewish texts. She also observes the Sabbath by shutting down her social media, going to synagogue, and doing Sabbath dinners. “I believe in [Jewish law], but I also believe in the permeability and changeability in the structure of Jewish law and I think Judaism has always adjusted to the times that it lived in, and it’s adjusting in the time we are in now,” the actress said.
While Mayim Bialik’s comment on religion became the headline of the Fox News interview, the actress was really more interested in talking about GrokNation. The former child star compared the new site, which uses her celebrity platform to inspire and educate, as a “Goop for down-to-earth nerdy people,” a reference to Gwyneth Paltrow’s popular lifestyle site. Bialik is already a regular blogger on Jewish parenting site Kveller.com. Earlier this month, she announced the launch of GrokNation on Kveller, revealing that her new site will allow her to share the way her brain works “in a more daring and inventive way.”
While Mayim Bialik is outspoken about religion, in the past she has also spoken out about everything from the Disney movie “Frozen” (she hated it) to her views on attachment parenting. The actress was vocal about the fact that she nursed her son until he was four years old and let her kids sleep in a family bed.