Most people know Melissa Gilbert from Little House on the Prairie. After all, she was one of the stars of the show. Little House was a big deal when it was on the air. Additionally, Gilbert took the role at a young age and the show ran for a decade. It also spawned some movies and TV specials. So, she literally grew up on one of the biggest shows in the world. However, her acting career didn’t stop there.
Melissa Gilbert has been in several TV shows, feature films, and made-for-TV movies. Her credits include shows like Touched by an Angel, Sweet Justice, and Babylon 5. Additionally, she starred in some of the most memorable made-for-TV movies ever broadcast such as The Diary of Anne Frank and The Miracle Worker. Gilbert has also done her share of voice acting. For instance, she was the voice of Barbara Gordon, also known as Batgirl on Batman: The Animated Series. Her last credit as an actress was the 2019 drama When Last We Spoke, according to her IMDb profile.
So, many fans are wondering if Melissa Gilbert will ever return to acting full-time. Recently, she joined Mindy Cohn on her podcast, Mondays with Mindy. During that chat, Gilbert gave the answer to the question so many of her fans have been asking.
Will Melissa Gilbert Return To Acting Full-Time?
Mindy Cohn made reference to Melissa Gilbert’s other work in the film and TV industry before asking the big question, “I know you write and produce and direct and all that. But, I’m just speaking actress to actress. Do you see yourself picking that back up?”
Melissa Gilbert looked a little surprised. “What? Acting?” she asked. When Mindy confirmed, Melissa didn’t hesitate. “Never stopped.”
Then Cohn clarified, “I meant with full steam ahead, concentrated effort.”
There was a bit of a question in Melissa Gilberts voice when she replied, “Yes.” Then, she went on to do a little clarification of her own. “Except… Having had this long of a career, I lack a bit of the competitive edge.” She continued, saying that she doesn’t get as excited to go through the whole audition process anymore. However, she will go through that process if she has to.
About acting, Melissa Gilbert said, “I love the actual work.” She then talked about doing stage productions in New York. She mentioned a one-woman comedy show that she did in the West Village in NYC among other live performances.
While she loves the work, Melissa Gilbert said that she isn’t as ambitious about it anymore. This, she said, goes back to growing up on Little House on the Prairie. “It’s not that I didn’t have a childhood. But, I didn’t have a very relaxed childhood. There was a lot of pressure. So, I’m enjoying not having a lot of pressure now… I’m going with the flow a bit more now.”
So, Melissa Gilbert never stopped acting she just does so on her own terms. After a long and successful career, who can blame her?