‘Big Bang Theory’ Star Mayim Bialik Talks About Being a ‘Proud’ Zionist and Not Worrying About Backlash
Jewish actress Mayim Bialik, who stars in the hit CBS series “The Big Bang Theory,” proclaimed pride in being a Zionist in an interview published on Thursday by the UK’s Jewish Chronicle.
The award-winning actress was talking about showing solidarity with the Jewish state when she told the publication: “I have proudly declared that I am a Zionist who supports the right of my homeland to defend herself. I travel to Israel frequently to see my family and I teach my children that Zionists go to Israel. My family and many friends have served in the IDF and I support their right to exist as soldiers in a complicated situation.”
The 41-year-old mother-of-two added that she was also a “lover of peace” and never felt conflicted about being a liberal Zionist, including the times she disagreed with the actions of the Israeli government. She told the Jewish Chronicle, “Not for one second have I worried about backlash. As a scientist, I dissect everything and weigh things seriously before committing to them, especially in regard to my relationship with Israel and its citizens.”
Thursday’s interview was not the first time Bialik has discussed her Zionist beliefs in public. In 2015, she urged people not to be apologetic in voicing their support for the Jewish state and made headlines for a Facebook post in which she blasted critics who boycott her on social media for being a Zionist.
Bialik also discussed in her interview with the Jewish Chronicle her recent campaign with SodaStream, how reading Jewish prayers helps her decompress and her thoughts on the best way to celebrate a bat mitzvah.