Mayim Bialik credits her parents and being a “mopey teen” for keeping her on the straight and narrow.

“My parents were very strict,” the 45-year-old “Blossom” actress, who starred in the sitcom through most of her teen years, told Page Six of how she was able to stay away from drugs as a child actor.

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She added, “I was very alone and mopey so I think that helped. I was always home.”

The “Call Me Kat” star said that she was always reading Satre and Camus and listening to The Cure and Elvis Costello.

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“I was a rather dark teenager,” she laughed. “Both of my parents were English teachers so I definitely come by my melancholy honestly.”

Bialik also grew up in a Jewish household, visiting Israel every other year since she since she was 16. The mother of two is still passionate about her religion and admits she’s received a lot of criticism for her support of Israel.

“I think there’s a lot of people who don’t understand Israel, many Israelis don’t understand Israel,” she told us. “It’s very complicated and I believe that Israel has a right to exist. I try and choose carefully what I talk about Israel.”

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These days, she is preparing for the premiere of her new show, “Call Me Kat” and has been working a mental health podcast, “Mayim Bialik’s Breakdown.”

“I’m trained as a neuroscientist and there are so many aspects of mental health that many of us don’t even understand,” she explained. “So the idea is to break down the science of it.”

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As for the upcoming Fox sitcom — which follows a 39-year-old unmarried woman who spends her entire life savings to open a cat café in Louisville, Kentucky — Bialik says it’s “about a woman who turns lemons into lemonade on the daily.”

The show premieres Jan. 3 at 8 p.m.

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