‘Gilligan’s Island’: Ginger Actress Tina Louise Explained Why ‘Age is Not a Number’

by Madison Miller

At the end of the day, age is in fact a number. However, for many people, the process of growing and aging goes beyond the weight of a number. Instead, there are different elements and factors that can help to determine someone’s “age.” For Tina Louise, who played Ginger Grant on the TV sitcom “Gilligan’s Island,” age has a lot to do with the way a person happens to carry themselves.

That is, maturity, mannerisms, and physical factors play a role in Tina Louise’s eyes.

Tina Louise Talks About Age and Life

“Some people are way older than others who are the same numerical age because of the way they carry themselves, because of the way they don’t stand up straight, or the way their bellies stick out. I don’t think you should label people with numbers,” Louise said in a 2013 interview with Esquire.

The concept of age can be a bit of a sad concept for fans of “Gilligan’s Island” right now. This is because as of December 30, 2020, Louise is the last surviving cast member of the sitcom. Dawn Wells passed away in December from complications related to COVID-19. While people can express their age in different ways, no one can defy it.

The interview centers around some things Tina Louise feels like she’s learned over the years. She explained that she feels like men are afraid of redheads for some reason. Besides talking about age, Louise also shared that people need to be in the “proper state of mind to be useful to the universe.”

Her most popular acting role happened to be in “Gilligan’s Island.” She also was in “God’s Little Acre,” “The Trap,” “The Hangman,” “Day of the Outlaw,” and “The Happy Ending.” She never participated in any of the reunion television films for the sitcom.

Louise Outside of ‘Gilligan’s Island’

Tina Louise has been passionate about volunteer work during her life as well. In the Esquire article, she mentions that she has been volunteering since 1996. She mostly focuses on helping children in need. Besides “Gilligan’s Island” and other acting jobs, Louise has taken on writing and volunteering during her life.

“I work with first graders in a very sweet public school. There was one child who, after a while, told me she was missing her daddy. ‘Well, where is he?’ I asked. She said, ‘He’s in a big house.’ Then I sort of knew. I asked if he wrote to her, and she said yes. So I got her a nice little box of stationery. Such a cute child, but she never smiled. Never, ever smiled. At the end of the school year, I told her I was so looking forward to seeing her again. And this little girl said, ‘I love you.’ She didn’t smile,” Louise said.

She has been a vocal advocate for improving children’s literacy. This is part of what she does while volunteering in public schools. She has published a number of books, including a couple of children’s books.

“So, it’s really important to find something that you can do to help. That’s really, really important to keep peace of mind, keep your head up and your head on straight,” Louise said in an interview with Medium from 2019.

She has also said that she helps support St. Jude and their work with helping cancer patients.