The Big Bang Theory's Melissa Rauch Lays Down the Law on Bangs, Boobs, and Breaking the Rules
Melissa Rauch, star of The Big Bang Theory and new movie The Bronze, shares her Dos and Don’ts with us. Read on!
It’s that time of year again, when New Year’s resolutions are history and our bad habits are back in action. I get it—bettering yourself doesn’t happen overnight. I was reminded of this fact while shooting my new movie The Bronze, in which I play a former bronze-medal-winning gymnast named Hope Annabelle Greggory who’s still shamelessly cashing in on her local-hero status years later. Playing her taught me a lot: namely, that life can suck pretty hard when you’re stuck in a rut. That’s why it’s good to do a thorough spring-cleaning of your life and stock up on some shiny new mantras that’ll have you kicking butt for the rest of 2016 and beyond. I’ll start us off!
Do stay true to you. I’m a chronic rule follower. If the shampoo bottle said “Lather, rinse, stab a bitch,” I’d be in jail. Like most women, I err on the side of people pleasing. I love that Hope plays by her own rules and doesn’t take crap from anyone. That’s not to say you should tell everybody off; just find your balance between being a pushover and bulldozer.
Don’t assume the look that worked for you in your glory days is still workin’ for ya. I’m not gonna lie: I feel most confident when my bangs are large and in charge. (I fight my inner Jersey girl every day not to take a big round brush and hairspray to them.) But eventually we all have to accept when it’s time to put down that banana clip and try something new.
Do learn to love what you’ve got. Because Hope is a gymnast, she tapes down her boobs, which meant I was wrapped in Ace bandages the entire time we were filming. I’ve always been self-conscious about my own breasts, but there was something about not seeing them that made me miss the ol’ girls. In short: You don’t know what you have till it’s gone, so start appreciating it!
Do keep your eyes on your own paper. It’s harder than ever to avoid comparing yourself with others. Social media can make us feel as if we’re drowning in a sea of inferiority: You’re looking at an Instagram of someone’s champagne bikini brunch in Aruba while sitting on your couch in a robe with a day-old oatmeal stain. The best antidote I’ve found is to focus on myself, what I’ve learned, and the progress I’ve made. Happiness is a state of mind that’s achieved when we embrace where we are in life oatmeal stains and all.
Do help a sister out. Only good can come from lifting other ladies up. Real women empower one another.
Do ask your future old-lady-self her opinion. Whenever I can’t make a decision or I’m in an anxiety spiral, I picture myself as a really old lady and ask her what she would do. It may sound insane, but it really puts things in perspective, especially since she usually tells me, “You won’t give a f–k about this when you’re my age!”
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