Big Bang Theory Star Reveals She Auditioned Because She Needed Health Insurance

Mayim Bialik reveals the very practical reason she auditioned for what would become a massively popular show.


Actress Mayim Bialik has revealed the very practical reason why she auditioned for The Big Bang Theory, a role that would catapult her to new levels of fame and stardom.

Speaking to Canada's The Social, Bialik said her health insurance was due to expire shortly and she needed to find work to help pay for it. She had a toddler and a newborn at the time, too.

"I was running out of health insurance because that's not considered a human right in this country [USA]," she said. "I figured if I can just get even a couple of jobs here or there, I'll be able to get insurance again. I did not expect to be a regular on a television show. I had been teaching neuroscience. I've tutored Hebrew. I've tutored piano. I eventually auditioned for this show called The Big Bang Theory which I had never seen, and it changed my life and I got insurance."

Bialik played the character Amy on The Big Bang Theory. Like Bialik herself, Amy is a neuroscientist and has a PhD, just like the actress.

The Big Bang Theory finished its 12-season run in 2019. There were reportedly discussions about a 13th season, but they never materialized. The five original actors made around $900,000 per episode for the 12th season, according to Variety.

A spinoff, Young Sheldon, premiered in 2017. In other news, Home Alone actor Macaulay Culkin says he was pursed for a part in The Big Bang Theory years ago but he turned it down multiple times.

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