Big Bang Star Simon Helberg Reads Einstein

Mostly watches the Real Housewives

Who Simon Helberg

Age 32

Accomplishments Plays Howard Wolowitz on CBS’ The Big Bang Theory; voices Bian Zao on Nickelodeon’s Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness

Base Los Angeles

What’s the first information you consume in the morning?

The first information would have to be Twitter, probably. I’m often indisposed while looking at Twitter, in various states of undress—but not for any raunchy reasons, just because it’s early or late.

Who are your favorite tweeters?

There’s a guy whose handle is @igeekanddrink—I think his name is Jacy—who has the most absurd tweets. Patton Oswalt is hilarious. I also like to follow The New York Times and some Hollywood news to keep up, and I’ll follow some science stuff so I can pretend like I know what I’m doing when I come to work.

What occupies your mind in the car?

I listen to Howard Stern on Sirius XM. I’ve been a big Howard Stern fan since I was 10—way too young to be listening. Sometimes I try to listen to new music, but I guess I like the rhythm and the sound of neurotic people yelling at each other.

Have you ever been on Howard Stern?

I haven’t, actually. I’d be kind of terrified, but I’d also be very, very excited. What’s fun about his show is that you feel like you know the workplace environment so well and you know every character. It’s like a sitcom.

How do you listen to music?

I buy a ton on iTunes, and I’ve been doing Pandora more recently at home. I miss the world of going into CD stores, though. I was actually talking with [co-star] Jim [Parsons] about it the other day, how that was such a big part of our lives as kids and in college. When I would make any money, I would always equate it to how many CDs I could buy.

Are you a TV junkie?

Growing up, my whole schedule and life revolved around TV. As far as now, there are some shows that I won’t miss. Game of Thrones is a big one, Girls…whatever is on HBO, I’ll watch obsessively. The sad truth is that there is a fair amount of Bravo on my TiVo, and I can’t blame my wife as much as I’d like to. I have a very guilty dark side when it comes to the Real Housewives of anywhere.

Your character on The Big Bang Theory is an aerospace engineer. Do you ever try to keep up on the topic?

I do have an interest in physics, and I’ve attempted some of the books that are supposed to be easier to read—some Richard Feynman, The Elegant Universe and some Einstein. When something comes up on the show completely foreign to me, which tends to be a lot of the time—especially with the science fiction stuff—I’ll familiarize myself as much as I need to in order to make sense of what I’m saying.

Give us the skinny on your favorite app.

I really enjoy the dictionary app. I love words and looking them up and having a list of all these strange, cool ones that I didn’t understand or know before. I don’t know why.