Mayim Bialik is a 45-year-old actress from San Diego, California. She is also a neuroscientist, author, and film director. After getting her start as a child star in the NBC sitcom “Blossom,” she later became a household name as neuroscientist Amy Fowler on CBS’s popular sitcom “The Big Bang Theory.”
Bialik hasn’t been shy about letting her 3.6 million Instagram followers know that she has really loved her time working on the “Jeopardy!” set, but is the lead of “Call Me Kat” looking for a career switch from actress to host?
Bad At ‘Jeopardy!’
Although the actress admitted that she can ace the science categories, she revealed that she’s not exactly the trivia buff people might expect.
“A lot of people assume that I’m naturally good at ‘Jeopardy!’ and I must play at home and always win,” she explained. “But the kind of knowledge and information that is required to be a ‘Jeopardy!’-level champion is very, very specific. And I have specificity in neuroscience and in how to be a sitcom actress, but this is a different kind of fandom.”
The two-week temporary host also admitted that she had some trouble with the pronunciation of some of the clues, especially given her inexperience with some of the languages used on the show.
“There’s a lot of clues about things in history that I don’t know about. I don’t know how to pronounce the lakes of Africa off the top of my head,” she shared.
“Alex spoke French. It’s a language I do not speak, but there definitely were a lot of clues in French, and I kind of pronounced (things) like a trucker. So definitely had to re-record a lot of pronunciation stuff.”
Even despite those struggles, Bialik would love to become the next long-term host after the late Alex Trebek.
“I will say that for me personally, and academically speaking, this is a really, really, really lovely place that I felt so comfortable, and was really honored to be part of it in any way. But obviously feel very strongly that if people find me tolerable, this is a dream job,” she said.
Fortunately for her, it seems that fans are finding her more than tolerable, as some are calling for her to become the show’s permanent host.
“This is one of the most iconic things that I can be part of in my life,” she gushed. “Of all the things I’ve done, of all the acting I’ve done, of all the advocacy I’ve done, and all my academic things, this is the most globally understood, absolutely incredible thing to be part of.”
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