Christopher Knight spoke about his time on The Brady Bunch and which actors had difficulties with their roles.
Every person is different when it comes to handling childhood fame. That is no different for the Brady kids. Knight revealed that Eve Plumb (Jan) and Susan Olsen (Cindy) had a rough time with it.
“[Eve] has had a much harder time than some of us in trying to relive that role, for whatever reason, we’re all different and she approaches it her way and she has a right to,” Knight told the Sydney Morning Herald in 2019. “I know Susan has a difficult time with her character [but] I have never felt the need to back away.”
Although his fellow actors may have struggled while on The Brady Bunch, he did not feel any hardship because it was truly him. “Peter was an outgrowth of me,” Knight explained.
“All of us, these characters are us,” he continued.”They might not have started that way. They were scripted as Greg, Peter, Bobby, Marcia, Jan, and Cindy, but by the second year [of The Brady Bunch] they were writing Barry, Chris, Mike, Maureen, Eve, and even Susan. The things they felt about us were imbued in the writing. So over time, they became us.”
Eve and Susan on Their Time on ‘The Brady Bunch’
“Things go in cycles,” Eve Plumb shared with The Washington Post in 2000. “You have down times, up times, busy times, not-so-busy times. I’m having to fight against that stigma of being an ex-child star.”
Although she had trouble at first, she has accepted that The Brady Bunch will always be apart of her life. “I’ve reconciled to the fact that the Brady series is what gets me that attention and what deflects what I’m doing now,” she said. “We all grow up, but not everyone wants us after we do. It’s difficult because in our industry the people who cast shows either want a fresh face or established people.”
“I had so much success as a child,” she later admitted to Closer. “But once you age out of being the cute kid, then what? If you’re not ready for it, it can be very difficult.”
“I’ll always be Jan Brady to so many people. I can’t escape it, but I can do other things,” she said and joked, “Isn’t [Jan] dead yet?”
Meanwhile, Susan Olsen understands that her experience as a child star on The Brady Bunch helped her become the person she is today.
“I think that being an actress helped me to grow,” she told Fox News. “I don’t really think that the show helped me to grow so much as people that watched the show learned to grow.”
When fans ask her if she wishes that The Brady Bunch was her real family, she has the perfect response. “And I’m like no – because my family is just as good and they’re a little bit funnier, a little weirder, but I know so many people that literally say that the show saved their lives.”