updated 08/25/2015 AT 8:16 PM ET
•originally published 08/21/2012 AT 10:25 AM ET
Just days after she was involved in a serious car accident, Mayim Bialik made her return to the red carpet on Monday.
Bialik stepped out in a curve hugging gray Tadashi Shoji dress at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Performers Peer Group Reception in Universal City, Calif.
The Big Bang Theory actress, 36, who suffered a severe injury to her right thumb, tells PEOPLE her Emmy preparations are still underway, despite her injury.
“We had already planned on a long sleeve dress. I’m a modest dresser anyway. There are not many dresses that cover your fingertips though so it might take a little of expanding the fabric, trying to get this contraption in a sleek black,” she says of the splint she has to wear as a result of the accident.
“I don’t think my stylist would let me bedazzle my splint,” Bialik adds.
Bialik is nominated for an Emmy for outstanding supporting actress in comedy series for her role as Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory.
As for life at home, Bialik is taking things slow as she balances her recovery with her duties as a mom of two boys.
“Thank God my kids are old enough to walk on their own pretty much everywhere. The little one is four and doesn’t really get that I can’t play actively but we found things I can do with them,” she explains. “I can play bingo lying down.”
“My husband is an at-home dad and he is amazing. I’m his third child for these months,” she says.