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Maranda Pleasant: What makes you come alive?

Melissa Rauch: Laughter. Either being made to laugh or igniting it.

MP: What makes you feel vulnerable?

MR: Dishonesty.

MP: If you could say something to everyone on the planet, what would it be?

MR: Be kind to each other.

MP: How do you handle emotional pain?

MR: I usually need to sit with it a while. Really feel it. Then I need to talk it out. Luckily, I am surrounded by wonderful listeners who haven’t told me to shut up yet.

MP: How do you keep your center in the middle of chaos? Do you have a daily routine?

MR: Meditation is very important to me. I feel off-balance when I skip a day. I do yoga daily as well. I need to start the day with some sort of physical activity. That combined with the meditation clears my mind and energizes me.

MP: What’s been one of your biggest lessons so far in life?

MR: There is always a reason. When I look back on things that really upset me at the moment, I can always see why it happened in retrospect.

MP: What truth do you know for sure?

MR: My grandmother always would say, “This, too, shall pass.” It is always true.

MP: Tell me about your latest projects.

MR: I start season eight of The Big Bang Theory in August. Over my hiatus, I am going to be starring in a film I cowrote with my husband. We are over-the-moon excited about it.

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Melissa Rauch’s television career includes roles on The Big Bang Theory and True Blood. Melissa garnered critical acclaim for her one-woman show, The Miss Education of Jenna Bush. Rauch cowrote, directed, and starred in the short The Condom Killer.

PHOTO: AURELIEN LEVITAN, STYLIST: BRUNO LIMA, HAIR: RICHARD COLLINS, MAKEUP: AMY STROZZI

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