‘Blossom’ Star Spot On That ‘Life Is Better When You’re A Nerd’
11:30 am, September 5th | by Laura Donovan
In the words of “The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth” author Alexandra Robbins, we’re in the Age of the Nerd, and thank God for that! Lifelong dorks cheered everywhere at the 2011 release of her book, which attests that people who are bullied at a young age often thrive as adults for the very reasons they get picked on in youth. “Blossom” star Mayim Bialik, who has a PhD in neuroscience, agrees that geeky folks have it easier as grown-ups.
The actress, who portrays a scientist on nerd comedy, “The Big Bang Theory,” explained to SHIFT why being less-than-cool is actually a good thing now:
“I’d say that life gets better when you’re a nerd. It’s really hard to be a nerd in junior high and high school and to feel like no one else is like you. It definitely gets better when you’re an adult, either because you stop caring that people don’t like you, or you do find more people who are like you.”
The UCLA graduate is wise enough to know that looks aren’t everything and that her academic background always be there for her:
“It’s definitely true that the standards for women in terms of media don’t match the female experience outside of the media, meaning many of us think we’re very worthy and attractive past 40 but the industry may think otherwise. But that’s the entertainment industry and our culture’s sense of entertainment. As long as that is the demand, there will be a supply for it.
I guess I can always fall back on my PhD in neuroscience.”
That’s a pretty good problem to have.