READ, WATCH, LISTEN: Which Big Bang Theory Star Is Helping The Planet?
In case you’ve been living in a bubble for the last ten years, Mayim plays the ultra nerdy and socially awkward Dr. Amy Farrah-Fowler. Not only is she a super intelligent in her own right – yep, she even has a real PhD and recently published a bestselling book – but she’s also a huge advocate for the environment and making our planet healthy again. And now she’s the latest star featured in a SodaStream video, alongside Game of Thrones actor Kristian Nairn, who plays Hodor.
We talked to Mayim to get the scoop on her co-actors and why she’s fighting for this epic cause.
1. Have you ever been to New Zealand? If not, are you planning to ever come over?
I have never been but I really would like to. I appreciate New Zealand humour and cinema very much and would love to see the nature and the culture of New Zealand. Plus, Richard Keough, the man I have trusted with my hair for years in New York, is from New Zealand and I would love to see where he is from!
2. We have to ask… what are the rest of your Big Bang Theory co-stars like in real life?
Well, Jim (Parsons) is not like Sheldon but he is extremely focused and disciplined and smart. Kaley (Cuoco) makes me laugh a ton and she is a consummate professional and is my go-to for anything relating to hip things because she is the queen of cool. Johnny (Galecki) and I have known each other since we are about 13 and he and I share a lot of childhood experiences. Simon (Helberg) makes me laugh the most and he is an incredibly talented musician and mimic. Kunal (Nayyar) is as kind and loving as people come, and Melissa (Rauch) is the person I am most likely to want to move in with after the show ends! Also, Kevin Sussman is a source of wisdom and laughter whenever he is with us on set!
3. What’s one thing people wouldn’t know about you?
I am not very confident. People assume because I speak up, I am always confident. I’m not! I am being encouraged to take risks with my YouTube videos as a way to get more comfortable being vulnerable. But it’s hard for me for sure.
4. Can you tell us about your new book, Girling Up: How to Be Strong, Smart and Spectacular, what were your reasons for writing it?
I’ve just finished a very intense book tour for Girling Up, it’s been great. I wrote it because I wanted to share information that no one told me when I was growing up about everything from how our bodies work to what dating is really like to how girls and young women can make an impact on the world with their brains and their ambition. It spent six weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List which was extremely exciting and people seem to love the book which is wonderful to see!
5. We’re stoked to see you’re supporting SodaStream and the fight against plastic bottle waste. We haven’t seen you in many adverts, so what made you agree to do the SodaStream video?
You’re right, I don’t do a lot of commercials, but I don’t just see this as a commercial; it’s a statement about the environment as well. SodaStream contacted me and said they wanted to set a commercial about the environment in a museum which already sounded like fun since as a geek, I am a museum person! I have known about SodaStream from my Israeli family and friends for years and I grew up having “seltzer” delivered to my house in crates, so I love SodaStream. I even got one for my ex-husband as a Father’s Day gift a few years ago! As for the script, the idea is creating a fictional species that became extinct due to their single-use plastic bottle habit. As a species, we have evolved so much, but much as we know plastic bottles pollute our environment and kill marine life, we continue to use them. Single-use plastic bottles should be a thing of the past and belong in a museum!
Watch Mayim’s hilarious SodaStream video here:
6. Do you really think individual people can make a difference to the world’s plastic problem?
Yes! A lot of people feel like, “What’s the use? We’re doomed anyway” but the truth is that recycling is better than nothing; small efforts do matter. And recycling itself is a “dirty” business that involves robust industrial system of transportation and facilities which ironically are highly contaminating on their own. This is why I think that the future lies in reduction at the source—and this is what SodaStream stands for and it’s why I am so happy to be a part of this campaign. Single use plastic bottles are an example of consumption which really makes no sense.
7. You have taken to Instagram to tell about a recent issue with your vocal chords. Can you tell us a little bit about that?
Oh, dear. I’ve got a naturally raspy voice and my job involves…talking! I discovered I wasn’t using my voice correctly and had been straining my vocal chords a few years ago. There’s some pretty severe damage lately and my ENT has ordered me to not to use my voice for a whole month which is going to be very hard as I love to talk and need to talk!