‘Little House on the Prairie’ Star Talks Major Trash Before Competition Against ‘The Waltons’ Cast

by Samantha Whidden
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Prior to going up against the original The Waltons cast on Stars in The House, Little House on the Prairie star Matthew Labyorteaux talk some serious smack about the competition.

While chatting with Page Six, the Little House on the Prairie star described The Waltons cast as being a soft and weak group of farmers and homesteaders. “‘Little House on the Prairie’? We were killers. I burned down a blind school, for crying out loud. I’m ready for anything.”

As previously reported, Stars in the House pitted the two 1970s TV families against each other in a “brutal” game night for The Actors Fund. Melissa Gilbert, Alison Arngrim, Matthew Laborteaux, and Karen Grassle represented Little House on the Prairie. Meanwhile,  Judy Norton, Kami Cotler, Eric Scott, and Leslie Winston represented The Waltons. 

During the show, fans of both Little House on the Prairie and The Waltons not only are able to submit their own questions for the contestants, but they are also able to make donations. Castmates on both shows have previously been on Stars in the House. But not together at the same time. This was a unique opportunity for all the castmates to get back together and hang out once again.

Stars in the House first aired in March 2020. The show is described as a combination of music, community, and education. It originally aired twice daily at Broadway showtimes (2 p.m. and 8 p.m.).

The show now streams daily at 8 p.m. Since airing, it has raised over $1 million for Broadway reopenings. It has also raised more than $200,000 for other non-profits. This includes The Trevor Project, You Gotta Believe, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and Broadway at CBST. 

‘Little House on the Prairie’ Star Admits He Didn’t Know He Was A Teen Idol

Also during his interview with Page Six, Matthew Labyorteaux admitted he was completely oblivious when it came to his popularity on television. “I think some people just loved to sort of roll around in that and just enjoy the accolades,” Labyorteaux stated. He also described himself as a shy kid. 

“I mean, you’d walk into a restaurant and people turn and whisper. Ask for an autograph or whatever,” The Little House on the Prairie star recalled. “And other than that, I didn’t feel like Iw as the peacock walking down the street. To be honest.”

Besides his own stardom, Labyorteaux said he still enjoys catching up with the rest of the Little House on the Prairie cast every now and then. Labyorteaux was Albert Ingalls in the show from 1978 to 1983. He was in various films and TV shows after that, including Mulan, Yu-Gi-Oh! and Next Gen.