Keeping it real. The Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik opened up about the challenges of balancing a successful Hollywood career and motherhood in a candid interview with Us Weekly.
“I feel mom guilt all the time,” the 42-year-old Blossom alum, who is mom of sons Frederick, 10, and Miles, 13, (whom she shares with ex-husband Michael Stone) told Us. “Especially with the societal emphasis on women being able to do it all. I would love to be able to do it all, but I can’t physically be in more than one place at once. I miss out on a lot of things. Especially, since my boys are homeschooled, they have a lot of awesome field trips and all these things.”
Bialik continued: “Talking to others moms who are in similar situations is really helpful. I found that the support of other women … sometimes it may just mean that you need to be hugged. When I’m with my boys, I’ve been making more and more of an effort to put my phone down, so that they can have concentrated time with me, and honestly that helps. I’m not just saying it helps me cope, but it helps me feel more connected when I’m with them, so that when I’m not with them, I’m not feeling like I’m never present.”
The star, who’s in the midst of filming the final season of The Big Bang Theory, went on to say she has mixed emotions about saying goodbye to the CBS hit series. “It varies week to week. Some days it feels like, ‘Oh this a normal week, or this is a normal day.’ There are times where it’s bittersweet and it feels sad. It’s definitely a new phase of life that we are all going to be entering and it’s hard. It’s hard to realize that the journey we’ve had is going to come to an end. I’m hoping that there’s going to be a lot more joy for all of us as a group and individually. It’s definitely bittersweet.”
When the neuroscientist is not on set or tending to her boys, she’s focusing on the importance of getting a good night’s rest. Joining forces with Nectar Sleep, the star told Us: “I remember when I was sleep deprived when I was a new mom. You feel completely out of it and unable to really do the things you normally would do and the way you would do them. And I realized that even though I don’t have kids who are tiny and lead to you being sleep-deprived, it looks exactly the same. I’ve taken to napping in the day, I feel like such an old person. That’s kind of the way I’ve had to sort of catch up, because I get really grumpy.”
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