Callin’ it like she sees it. Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik spoke out about her religious views in a recent interview with Fox News — and said that she doesn’t think Hollywood is very friendly to people who are outspoken about their faith. Bialik has long been open about her Orthodox Jewish faith.
“I think in general it’s never going to be trendy to be observant or religious in Hollywood circles,” she told FOX411. “There are people I know of faith and we tend to congregate together. I study Jewish texts weekly. That’s something positive to me when you’re a person of faith, it stays with you all the time.”
Bialik, 39, explained that she had recently taken a trip to Israel to visit a friend in the Israel Defense Forces, and her fans had reacted angrily.
“I’ve gotten a lot of negative attention for visiting Israel,” she said. “That’s what’s amazing … simply by going to Israel this summer and saying nothing more than, ‘I’ve gone to Israel,’ I got the same amount of hatred and threats and anti-Semitism for actually making a statement trying to support people whether I like it or not are serving in an army.”
The former Blossom star and mother of two has been outspoken before about her self-admittedly “modest” views. Last September, Bialik took to her blog to criticize Ariana Grande for being scantily clad on a billboard.
“I am a bleeding heart liberal without exception,” she wrote in September 2014. “But I am old-fashioned. My kids have clothes they wear only to synagogue. I don’t favor my kids cursing. I dress modestly. I don’t want my kids learning about sex from billboards. Stuff like that. Which is why a few billboards I have seen lately really bug me.”
That same month, the actress also criticized Disney’s hit animated film Frozen, which caused Rosie O’Donnell to bash the former teen star.
“I feel that Frozen is the best Disney movie ever made,” O’Donnell said on The View. “I’ve seen it 250 times. I can say it, I have every word memorized, [and] I love it like the rest of America.”