Mayim Bialik looks to Joe Rogan for some podcasting inspiration.
The actress and Danger! recently co-hosted spoke to Vanity fair about how her mental health podcast, Mayim Bialik’s breakdownhas evolved since its launch in January 2021, amid people’s concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
While discussing her own views on the connection between mental and physical health, getting actors to open up about deeply personal topics, and her strategies around working with her longtime partner Jonathan Cohen, Bialik shared her approach to interviewing guests. It’s a style that draws inspiration from a seemingly unlikely place: Joe Rogan.
“Joe Rogan has had tremendous success, and while I can’t emulate everything he does, his style inspires me,” she said. “I’m just generally fascinated by people: where do they come from? How did they become the way they are? There is almost always something in someone’s family – drama, intensity, alcoholism, death – that needs to be discovered.”
Bialik further revealed that while Rogan has been an inspiration on her podcast, where she has gotten high-profile Hollywood names to open up about everything from their addictions to their relationships, she did not enter the podcast with her own interview style, nor does she have a formal received training?
“Jonathan, my co-host, trained me the most in interviewing,” she explained. ‘I’m very shy about asking people about things that are too personal sometimes, especially if they are public figures. Jonathan is much more versed in podcasts, so he gave me some general guidelines.
At another point in her interview, the Danger! co-host also offers an update on the reboot of her ’90s sitcom Blossomwhich starred Bialik as a young teenager growing up in a household run by men.
“I’m happy to tell you it’s true. The entire cast, original creator and producers are on board, and we believe a reboot can and should happen once the strike ends,” she said.
According to the actress, when work on the show resumes, the team hopes that it won’t just be a continuation of the sitcom fans already know. “We’re hoping to reboot it, not as a sitcom,” she said. “We want to bring back these interesting, deep characters – a divorced child, a recovering drug addict, an alcoholic – to see them in a whole new way.”