“I think I’m the only one who didn’t steal anything because I thought we’re not supposed to,” the actress, 43, told Us Weekly exclusively of the CBS sitcom on Thursday, May 9, while discussing her partnership with Bodhi Bowl.
The move is one that spans from her days as the titular character on Blossom, which ran from 1990 to 1995. “That’s the thing,” she explained. “On Blossom, we weren’t allowed to take anything.”
However, the Mayim’s Vegan Table author did not walk away from The Big Bang Theory completely empty handed. “Actually, the set design department gave us all an apartment door,” she revealed. “That’s cute. So I might put that outside of my front door of my house.”
Bialik called saying goodbye over the course of two weeks of filming the series finale “a very prolonged emotional experience,” adding: “It was very intense. Like, I was really anxious and playing games on my phone a lot more than usual, just even when I was home. Just like anxious energy, you know?”
The Emmy nominee went on to recall the moment the finality sunk in: while acting out a scene with Jim Parsons. (The duo play eccentric couple Amy Farrah Fowler and Sheldon Cooper, respectively.) “We pre-taped the last episode before the audience even came in, so we kind of had it in the can. We knew that we would have that, and the last scene that we pre-taped was me and Jim,” she said. “It’s a very emotional scene. It’s a really big scene, and it’s a really beautiful scene. And I remember that hit me like, ‘This … If nothing else happens, we have completed the last episode.’”
As for the cast’s potential to stay close in the future, Bialik told Us: “We’ll have to see what our lives look like. I mean, we’re all going to be on different schedules now; it’s very different.”
The vegan has another project in her midst too: talking up her friend Allison Cruddas‘ restaurant, Bodhi Bowl. “In terms of kind of accessibility to a lot of people, I think that’s something the vegan world is still trying to catch up with, so Ally opened this place called Bodhi Bowl,” she shared. “It’s been really, really a joy because, obviously, I love it and my kids love it, and I’ve been able to tell more people about it. But it’s also just really amazing that she and I have been friends for so many years and this has been a dream of hers, you know, to bring this way of eating to more people.”
The series finale of The Big Bang Theory airs on CBS Thursday, May 16, at 8 p.m. ET.
With reporting by Travis Cronin