The former child star insists she didn't expect to become a regular on the hit comedy show, but needed to book an acting job to lock in insurance via the Screen Actors Guild.
"I was running out of health insurance because that's not considered a human right in this country...," Mayim told "The Social". She continued, "I had a toddler and a newborn and I had been a grad student and my insurance was expiring. I figured, 'If I can just get even a couple of jobs, like, here or there, I'll be able to get insurance again'."
"I did not expect to be a regular on a television show. I had been teaching neuroscience. I've tutored Hebrew. I've tutored piano. I wear a lot of hats, you know. I eventually auditioned for this show, called The Big Bang Theory, which I had never seen, and it changed my life and I got insurance."
Mayim also shared that she was surprised to find out that Jim Parsons wanted her to be on the show. "I was like, 'That sounds great. I totally think that’s a great idea!' He was like, 'No, Mayim. I’m telling you about this because I want you to play her’. I was totally shocked that Jim Parsons wanted to still work with me. I think I'm very annoying, but he apparently thinks I'm not as annoying as I think I am, because he wanted to work with me!" she told "Watch With Us" podcast.
She added, "I love the opportunity to not be told, like, 'Can you lose 20 pounds and just be like a better, skinnier version of yourself?' I like just being myself. I don't wear Spanx. I've never had plastic surgery. I don't dye my greys, like, this is a show about a woman who I hope other women and men will look at this and say like, 'Oh, there's women like that, and they can be funny, can be quirky.' "