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The Big Bang Theory's Mayim Bialik Dishes On The Secret Behind Amy's Glasses

Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik) quickly became one of the most memorable characters in "The Big Bang Theory." She and Sheldon (Jim Parsons) quickly became close thanks to Howard (Simon Helberg) and Raj (Kunal Nayyar) secretly signing Sheldon up for an online dating site, where Amy was his perfect match. The two started their relationship as a close friendship per Sheldon, although it became clear that they both had feelings for each other. Ultimately, by the ending of "The Big Bang Theory," the two would marry and even win a Nobel Prize for their work together on super-asymmetry.

Although Amy is mainly linked to Sheldon's arc throughout "The Big Bang Theory," she quickly becomes part of the more extensive main cast. Fans learn about Amy's personality and incredibly tough childhood. She was often alone as a kid, cast out by classmates, and experienced a complicated relationship with her mother. Meeting Sheldon gave her friends, a family of sorts, and someone to love — which is explored in Season 7 when Amy imagines a reality where she and Sheldon never met. Many fans have explained how they loved to see her character evolve over the years (via Reddit).

Bialik has also noted how much change and growth Amy exhibited throughout the show (via CBS News) and even dishes on a few secrets — including about Amy's iconic glasses.

Mayim Bialik says Amy's glasses aren't actually real for a reason

While answering fan questions about "The Big Bang Theory" on her official YouTube channel in 2019, Mayim Bialik discussed many aspects of her character. One specific question involved Bialik's favorite Amy outfit and if her glasses are real on the show. After noting that one of Amy's jumpers that she usually wears on dates with Sheldon is her favorite, she explained that the glasses Amy wears are not real. However, it has nothing to do with the character and instead is strictly a technical thing. "Amy's glasses do not have lenses; none of the glasses that any of the characters wear have lenses because of glare," she revealed.

Unfortunately for Bialik, however, she genuinely needs glasses in real life, so while shooting the show, she would have to wear her real ones up until they filmed her scenes. "I am near-sighted and have an astigmatism, so I wear my real glasses right up until the very last minute, and then I put on my Amy glasses and just hope I'm looking at the right people," Bialik explained.