(JTA) – People of faith working in Hollywood are often out of step with the entertainment industry, American actress Mayim Bialik said.
“I think in general it’s never going to be trendy to be observant or religious in Hollywood circles,” Bialik, 39, told Fox411 in an interview broadcast over the weekend. “There are people I know of faith and we tend to congregate together. 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.”
Bialik is known in Hollywood as an observant person. She said she gets a lot of flack for being a modest dresser, including getting labelled as a prude.
“Being a modest dresser, that for me is a certain amount of my religious faith – privacy and chastity. Just because I have a body, doesn’t mean it means to be on display,” she said.
Bialik also spoke about the “negative attention” she received on the Internet for her recent visit to Israel. “It really doesn’t matter what I support or believe the fact that I’m Jewish and go there is enough – that should be alarming to most people,” she said.
Bialik, who has written for the JTA-affiliated Jewish parenting site Kveller for the last five years, plays Amy Farrah Fowler on the popular sitcom The Big Bang Theory. She recently launched a new website, GrokNation.com.