Blossom and Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik stopped by this morning to promote her new book Mayim's Vegan Table. She talked to Howard about her accidental child-stardom, the role Judaism plays in her life, and, of course, her unique views on parenting.
Here are the highlights from Mayim’s interview:
* Mayim was interested in performing arts as a child, but wouldn’t call herself a ’hammy’ kid. She did a few school plays and auditioned to play the child version of Bette Midler’s character in Beaches. She got the role, though her singing was sub-par and dubbed by another, better child singer at Bette’s request.
* The Beaches role led to Mayim shooting into the pop-culture stratosphere when she landed the role of Blossom Russo on the hit 90s sitcom ‘Blossom’. Mayim said the pay scale was different back then and she wasn’t making nearly the kind of money that can be made in TV today. Ted Danson had just broken the $100,000 per episode mark and everyone was in awe of a sitcom star making that much money.
Luckily, Mayim’s family was a responsible one, and aside from upgrading to a nicer home with heat, they put most of it away for Mayim.
* When the sitcom ended, Mayim walked ‘right off [the] TV screen and into the quad’ of UCLA. She had been accepted to Harvard and Yale, but had to defer because her contract and Blossom wasn’t up for another two years. Harvard and Yale were not accommodating, so Mayim chose UCLA.
She basically took fourteen years off for show business. She met her husband at UCLA, got married, had two children, and, yes, got divorced. Mayim and her ex-husband seem to have a pretty decent relationship, and they co-parent their two sons.
If Mayim is ever in the news, which isn’t often because she’s pretty private, it’s for her practice of ‘attachment parenting.’ She slept near her kids during their early years, pointing out that all mammals sleep near their young. She breastfed her sons until they were four years old.
Perhaps the most fascinating part of her technique was not using diapers on her kids. Mayim claims that babies can immediately let you know that they need to go to bathroom; you just have to teach yourself to interpret it. Just in case, she kept a pot by the bed. (she must have never spent much time with Beetlejuice).
Her kids keep a vegan diet, don’t watch TV (except select programs when they’re at their dad’s house) and are totally home-schooled.
Mayim admitted that the single thing she’s most criticized for is not vaccinating her kids in their early years. She is not anti-vaccinations and her kids have been given some vaccines, but not when they were infants.
Beginning in college, Mayim’s Judaism became more and more important to her. She considers herself a Modern Orthodox, who follows most of the customs and traditions of her culture. Throughout her marriage, she even made use of a Jewish bath called a mikveh to separate the time of the month when she could conceive and when she couldn’t.
Since her divorce in 2012, Mayim has not really dated anyone. Howard asked how she takes care of her physical needs, but Mayim declined to map it out. Robin asked if there was a ‘special drawer’ in her bedroom and Mayim joked ‘I have a whole special safe room.’
Mayim’s mother was very disappointed when Mayim got divorced, but she seems to take her mother’s prodding with a healthy grain of salt. After the Golden Globes, her mom called her up and said ‘you looked like you, but gorgeous!’
Mayim is careful about what parts of her body she shows to the public, calling herself an ‘unadorned feminist’. She also doesn’t shave any part of her body, but thankfully isn’t very hairy. She also publicly questioned why comedienne and Stern Show regular Sarah Silverman had to dress in a sexy, provocative way. Mayim felt it was a push by society that made Sarah feel like she needed short skirts and cleavage. We’re not complaining.
Although she earned her PhD in Neuroscience, she decided to return to TV because being a research professor would not allow her much time with her kids during their formative years. And if the breastfeeding, shitting, and home-schooling didn’t spell it out for you, Mayim is a very hands-on mother.
She did a few small roles on shows like ‘Bones’ before auditioning for the most popular comedy on TV, The Big Bang Theory. Mayim doesn’t watch TV, and had never seen the show before auditioning for it. The audience was initially resistant to the beloved character Sheldon getting a girlfriend, they have embraced Mayim’s character Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler.
Check out Mayim’s vegan cookbook (everyone is doing it) ‘Mayim’s Vegan Table.’
The man who turned his perversion into an empire, Stern Show favorite Mr. Skin stopped by today to announce the winners of the 15th annual Anatomy Awards. It’s a race more exciting than the Oscars and sexier than the Golden Globes (there’s a Mr. Skin pun in there somewhere).
Before we get to the winners a word on something called Mr. Man
Mr Skin started a male nudity site called Mr. Man. His team of fellow-pervs scour Blu-ray and DVD copies of legitimate movies, searching for back sack and ball-fumbles to please the straight ladies and gay men of the world.
He wants everyone to know that he himself does not enjoy looking at the site, but his people tell him that Liam Neeson has the biggest cock in Hollywood and his galleries of Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Colin Farrell and Michael Fassbender are all extremely popular.
Now, onto the show! You can see all the NSFW, Adults Only, Nude Pictures at Mr. Skin.com! The winners of the 15th Annual (wow does time fly!) Anatomy Awards are:
Best Nip Slip – Tina Fey at the Emmy Awards
Nudecomer of the Year – Margot Robbie in The Wolf of Wall Street
Best Breasts - Emily Ratajkowski in Blurred Lines
Best Lesbian Scene - Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos in Blue is the Warmest Color
Best Full Frontal - Rosario Dawson in Trance
Best TV Show - Masters of Sex
Best Backburger - Sarah Butler in The Stranger Within
Best Pearl Necklace - Shiri Appleby in Girls
Most Niptastic Nips - Laura Haddock in Da Vinci's Demons
Monster Muff - Gaby Hoffmann in Crystal Fairy
Best Butt - Ellen Hollman in Spartacus
Best Albino Nudity - Lauren Dawes in Top of the Lake
Best Fart Lighting Scene - Toni Collette in Mental
Best Lip-Slip - Vanessa Hudgens in The Frozen Ground
Best Handbra - Sarah Silverman in Susan 313
Classic Blu-Ray Re-Release - Greta Garbo in Grand Hotel
Breast Picture - The Wolf of Wall Street
Lifetime Skinchievement - Charlize Theron
Stern Show writer Sal Governale’s penis has played a large part in his life and career – C*ckeyoke, Guess What’s in My Pouch, putting it in Richard – but did you know it was once almost irreparably damaged?
It’s true. When Sal was a young man, he used a product called ‘Slocum’ which was a spray that was meant to desensitize the penis, helping you last longer in the sack.
Unfortunately, as Sal put it, ‘I’m not that bright’, so he used way too much and couldn’t feel anything. A girl ‘sat’ on him with such force that it snapped his frenulum. Sal described the feeling as being stabbed on the inside, while the outside was still totally numb from the spray.
Thankfully for everyone, Sal recovered and is evidently not too cautious about what he does with his penis to this day.
* Howard eulogized the great over-looked writer/director/actor Harold Ramis, who gave us such classics as Caddyshack, Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters, Animal House, Stripes. National Lampoon’s Vacation and Analyze This.
Ramis passed away yesterday at 69 years old.
* Today was the 28th Anniversary of Fred Norris’s legendary ‘Harlem Shuffle’ hoax - when Fred recorded the song as the Rolling Stones and Howard played it before the real song was to officially debut on New York station WNEW. Fred’s version was so good and so realistic that Stern Show producer Gary Dell’Abate was threatened with a cease and desist letter.
A comedian named Jon Daly just did something similar, releasing a song called ‘Abracadabralifornia’ as if it were a real Red Hot Chili Peppers record. Many outlets, including Yahoo! Music bought into it.