The Student Union overflowed with students and Lubbock community members Thursday night when actress and neuroscience Ph.D. Mayim Bialik took the stage at the Allen Theatre.
Bialik is most known for her roles as Amy Farrah Fowler on “The Big Bang Theory” and the title character on the 1980s sitcom “Blossom.”
“Tech Activities Board teamed up with the Residence Hall Association and the Honors College to split the cost,” sophomore TAB nightlife member Regine Cliatt said. “That was how we were able to get someone as popular as her to come here.”
The Allen Theatre was sold out, meaning all 967 seats were filled and 88 additional tickets were sold.
“Mayim has brought in a huge crowd, so we really want to bring in more big names and faces,” Cliatt said. “She’s very nice, very negotiable. She was very willing to work with us and was very nice to all of our staff.”
Bialik opened the show by saying her grandparents were emigrants from central and Eastern Europe. She said her parents lived a bohemian lifestyle, to the point that when she was born, they were very young and didn’t have a house.
“My overall thought was that she’s very down-to-earth,” Patrick Bubenik, second semester hospitality management master’s student from Wall, said. “She’s true to herself and she’s funny, but I don’t think she means to be as funny as she is. I think it’s just a natural humor.”
Bialik said she got her first acting role by playing a young Bette Midler, despite being the only non-redhead who auditioned. This role then led to her starring in “Blossom.” When the sitcom finished its final season, she said she took a 12-year break from acting to attend University of California, Los Angeles, where she earned a Ph.D. in neuroscience.
During her presentation, Bialik spoke about the struggles of balancing work and family, as she’s a mother of two.
“I felt that she definitely is able to balance her acting and celebrity lifestyle with her family,” Keith Bell, a senior construction engineering major from Waco, said. “You don’t see a lot of actors and actresses do that today. She’s a great role model for adults.”
After discussing her journey through television, she touched on what appeared to be the hot topic of the evening, her career on “The Big Bang Theory.” During the show, she revealed all of the equations seen on the show are real scientific equations. She also said co-star Jim Parsons, who plays Dr. Sheldon Cooper on the show, often jokes her knowledge of neuroscience makes her the only one on the show who really understands what they’re talking about.
When the presentation ended, Bialik answered questions from the audience. One member asked how the wardrobe department on the show made her look “so unattractive when in real life, (she’s) really pretty,” to which the answer was the wardrobe department dresses her in clothes that are at least two sizes too large for her and she’s not allowed to wear much makeup.
After wrapping up the question-and-answer portion, Bialik sat for a meet and greet portion, where fans were able to take pictures and get autographs.
“She’s an inspiration,” Bubenik said. “She wasn’t corrupted by Hollywood and I think that’s one of the things that makes her stand apart from everybody else that’s in the limelight. ‘The Big Bang Theory’ is a really good show, like she was saying because it doesn’t categorize people. It’s true life and it’s funny and witty. I just think she will have a long career because she is such an inspiration to a lot of people.”