09/05/2012 10:44 am ET

Mayim Bialik: "Life Gets Better When You're A Nerd"

Mayim Bialik started her acting career as the star of '90s hit show 'Blossom.' Then, in a notable move for a successful Hollywood actress, she went to UCLA to get a PhD in neuroscience. These days, in a natural evolution of her career, she plays a scientist on the popular CBS sitcom, 'The Big Bang Theory.' She talks to BuzzFeed Shift about what Hollywood can learn from the science community, child reality stars, and more.

You're a part of the science and academic community, as well as in the Hollywood entertainment industry. How have the experiences differed?

You know, there’s actually a lot of similarities between the two, but I guess the biggest difference is I don’t have to have nice hair and makeup when I’m teaching or when I’m in academia. So the world is very different as an actor, but I think that’s also part of what’s fun about playing a female scientist on TV.

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