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THE SUNDAY CONVERSATION

The role of a lifetime

The 'Big Bang Theory' actress, who has a doctorate in neuroscience, talks about her new book on parenting.

March 04, 2012|Irene Lacher

I'm sure there aren't too many neuroscientist-slash-actors out there. How were you cast as a neuroscientist on "Big Bang Theory"?

When I first appeared on the show, it was a guest spot, the finale of Season 3, and my character had no job. She was just a girl Sheldon was being set up with. The way Bill Prady tells it, our creator and executive producer, they figured, why not make her what I am so I can fix things if they're wrong?

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Wednesday, March 07, 2012 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 4 News Desk 1 inches; 35 words Type of Material: Correction
Mayim Bialik: In the March 4 Calendar section, the Sunday Conversation column with actress-author Mayim Bialik gave the wrong first name for an expert on attachment parenting. He is Dr. William Sears, not Barry Sears.

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The TLC show "What Not to Wear" recruited you because they thought you were "a schlumpy mommy mess," and that was the first time they'd ever done that.

I was the first celebrity that they made over. Fred, my younger son, was 9 months old and was on the set off camera, nursing on demand. It was a week of craziness, but it ended up being positive publicity-wise, and it got me to understand some of the politics of appearance in this new Hollywood that I'd really been out of for about 12 years. I learned that it's important for everyone to see how skinny I am at all times. I learned what colors are good for me and what parts of my body are the best features to emphasize. I learned never to trust myself getting dressed again.

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