‘The Brady Bunch’: Barry Williams Said Working on Show Was ‘Like Driving into Disneyland Every Day’

by Will Shepard

Barry Williams was a one-of-a-kind actor during his youth. He was a huge part of The Brady Bunch and a big reason why the show was successful. Not only was he a teen heartthrob, but he was also a good actor. He was so good at his role that he found it hard to get work as an actor afterward.

In 2019, Williams sat down with 69News WFMZ-TV to talk about his career. One of the things that they covered in their conversation was growing up as Greg Brady. One of the interviewers asked him what it was like to be such a massive television star as a teenager.

The Brady Bunch star had a great response to the question. He said that it was, “Awesome. It’s not a sort of normal growing up, but to me, it was like driving into Disneyland every day.”

It’s hard not to like your work if you get to drive into what feels like Disneyland every day on the job. That is certainly a luxury that not many people get to experience. He extrapolated on why he felt such an incredible feeling getting to work.

“The shows where we were talking about the Mannix and Happy Days and Star Trek and Mission Impossible, those shows were all current at the time. So, those were my neighbors. And so, it was fun driving to the set every day.”

For some actors, that is probably a normal daily experience, but for others, it wasn’t. As The Brady Bunch actor explained, when he was a teenager, it was all a novel experience for him.

The Brady Bunch Star Barry Williams Had a Crush on Florence Henderson

During a 2013 interview, Williams talked about the relationship he had with Florence Henderson. She played Carol Brady on the show. She was arguably the most popular mother figure on television during The Brady Bunch’s time.

She was also popular because so many people who watched the show had a massive crush on her. This also included Williams.

Even though he was still a teenager, he decided to ask her out on a date. Florence Henderson did something that was perhaps surprising to him and accepted the date.

So, during the interview, The Brady Bunch star elaborated on how the date went. Can you imagine the nervous energy you would have taking your TV mom on a date?

“Here’s the low-down on this,” Williams remembered fondly. “I had a crush on Florence Henderson. Like, who didn’t? She was twice my age, and we had a common interest in music. So I took her out to dinner, and we talked music and how I might be able to integrate it into my own career. I picked her up in my car, I drove her home, and when we said goodnight, I gave her a little kiss. Well, I kissed her lips. Which was like big stuff for me.”

Even though the date went well for Williams, The Brady Bunch stars never amounted to anything together. Perhaps that was for the best. But apparently, crushes never truly fade out. He jokingly said that he should catch up with her during the interview.

Sadly, The Brady Bunch mom passed away three years later in 2016, at the age of 82.