The Big Bang Theory’s Simon Helberg Answers Fan Questions

During this past Thursday’s The Big Bang Theory, Simon Helberg (who plays Howard on the show) live-tweeted the episode and answered queries about everything from his wardrobe to his on-screen but never-seen mother…

Miss it? Well, here’s a recap!

Does the cast ever improvise on the show? “Negative. Half the time they’re spewing complicated science terminology. We’re not that smart. We couldn’t make those lines up,” he said. “The writers are brilliant and we all say it word for word.

Who breaks the most during tapings? “Kunal [Nayyar] probably cracks up the most during tapings, but we all break from time to time,” Helberg said.

How does he get into Howard’s trademark skintight pants? “I often need assistance getting in & out of those pants. Luckily there are well-paid women to help. Lucky for them.”

One thing the actor is keeping quiet about however, is the story behind Howard’s alien lapel pin. “Only our costumer and I know its meaning. Ha-ha-ha. It’s not a dirty secret, just a juicy one.”

Helberg go on to admits that his hair on the show is as real as it is in reality [some viewers have speculated that he sometimes sports a wig]. “I don’t wear a wig,” he said. “Not yet. My hair is flat-ironed, however.”

What is his favorite episode? Of the ones that have aired, Helberg picks “the road trip episode with the science conference at the end and Rick Fox, etc.” Of upcoming episodes, he selects the one where he breaks the news of his engagement to his overbearing mother: “It’s not so easy.”

Speaking of Mrs. Wolowitz… will we ever see her? “Would you really want to see the woman behind that voice?” Helberg wrote.

For me, seeing her would in some way take the show to a different level for me, but I’d certainly only like for it to happen near the series finale. You?


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  1. It would be cool to have like a face pic sitting in the living room, and flash on it a few times, and get some kind of idea of who she was, maybe after she passed….