Donate to RNS

Mayim Bialik: Religion isn’t ‘trendy’ in Hollywood

"It's never going to be trendy to be observant or religious in Hollywood circles," said the Emmy-winning actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik.

Actress Mayim Bialik poses at the 4th annual Critics' Choice Television Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., on June 19, 2014. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
*Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-SALKIN-COLUMN, originally transmitted on February 10, 2015.*Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-SALKIN-COLUMN, originally transmitted on February 10, 2015.
Actress Mayim Bialik poses at the 4th annual Critics' Choice Television Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., on June 19, 2014. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Danny Moloshok *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-SALKIN-COLUMN, originally transmitted on February 10, 2015.*Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-SALKIN-COLUMN, originally transmitted on February 10, 2015.

Actress Mayim Bialik poses at the 4th annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., on June 19, 2014. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Danny Moloshok *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-SALKIN-COLUMN, originally transmitted on February 10, 2015, or with RNS-BIALIK-RELIGION, originally transmitted on August 26, 2015.

Emmy-winning actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik isn’t afraid to speak out about her sometimes-unconventional social views, from writing a book about attachment parenting to criticizing hyper-sexualized celebrities in a recent essay.

Now, she’s talking candidly about religion in entertainment, claiming that “it’s never going to be trendy to be observant or religious in Hollywood circles” in an interview with FOX411.

“There are people I know of faith and we tend to congregate together,” she said, describing how she interacts with her Jewish faith in a less-than-welcoming environment. “I study Jewish texts weekly. That’s something really positive to me when you’re a person of faith, it stays with you all the time.”

The actress also described the negative social media buzz she received after visiting a friend in the Israeli army.

“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.”

Bialik spoke to Fox News to promote her new lifestyle site, GrokNation, which publishes articles about faith, parenting, politics and current events for readers “from different faith communities and political perspectives and with varying interests, concerns and passions.”

“This is not like other celebrity websites,” she said, comparing it to Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop.

(Maeve McDermott writes for USA Today.)