Mayim bialik has revealed how her close friendship with Neil Patrick Harris disintegrated decades ago.
The former child stars were once close as teenagers and even supported each other as guest stars on their hit TV shows. After 45-year-old Bialik appeared in Harris’s medical drama “Doogie Howser, MD” in 1990, the 48-year-old woman appeared in her sitcom “Blossom” the following year.
But their friendship was put to the test in 1997. At that time, Harris appeared in a production of the musical “Rent,” written by Jonathan Larson, where he played filmmaker Mark Cohen. Everyone gave the future Tony winner a standing ovation for his performance, except for Bialik.
“This was a long time ago … it wasn’t my thing,” Bialik said. “But when your friend is in a play and then everyone claps at the end and you say to your boyfriend who is next to you: ‘I don’t want to take this,’ and then you look up and Neil Patrick Harris looks good. it’s a bad day for you. “
Bialik insisted that Harris’s performance was “fantastic.”
“I mean, it’s amazing, but I didn’t like the ‘Let’s give him a standing ovation,'” he explained. “It wasn’t my thing. But that’s the moment where you don’t say it out loud because Neil was reading my lips and when I went backstage to greet him, we were friends at the time, he said, ‘I’m not kidding,’ Why did you say you weren’t going to stand up? ‘ He read my lips! “
Bialik admitted that he did not have an answer for him.
“It was terrible,” he said. “That was wrong.”
Bialik claimed that Harris has since forgiven her.
“We didn’t talk for a long time,” he admitted. “He says he forgave me and sent me flowers when he found out I’m still carrying this terrible [guilt]. I mean, I felt terrible. It just wasn’t my thing. “