‘The Brady Bunch’: Susan Olsen Explained Why Her and Mike Lookinland Had it the ‘Easiest’ on Show

by Anna Dunn

The Brady Bunch is one of the most iconic shows of all time, so it makes sense that Susan Olsen, one of its stars, has a lot to say about fame.

In a 2012 interview with The Bigfoot Experience, The Brady Bunch actress Susan Olsen talked about child stardom. She mentioned how she and Mike Lookinland had it the “easiest” on set.

Susan Olsen played the youngest Brady child, Cindy Brady, on The Brady Bunch. She landed the role at seven years old. She faced multiple problems because of her age combined with her fame.

For instance, because of the “tattletale” episode, where Cindy continuously tattles on her siblings, Olsen’s peers shunned her. They couldn’t tell the difference between fictional characters and actresses.

But Olsen said that she and Mike Lookinland had it the easiest. She told The Bigfoot Experience, “I think for the most part it was easier for Mike and I as the youngest. Young children have a wisdom that goes out the window when you hit puberty.”

It’s an interesting sentiment that’s not often repeated, but Susan Olsen went on to clarify what she meant by “wisdom.”

“The fame aspect of my experience would have been much harder to deal with as a teenager who is on unstable ground with self-identity. I think Mike and I were more able to look at the industry and see a lot of the experience as silly.”

That’s a healthy approach for an industry that notoriously takes itself a bit too seriously. Its a good mindset for any star, regardless of age.

Olsen did admit that her youth did have its big disadvantages.

“One difficulty was that I was physically small enough that I could easily be picked up and possibly kidnapped,” she said.

Fame Wasn’t Easy for Susan Olsen

Olsen admitted that fame was difficult for her as a child.

“I was afraid that I would get recognized and have my private life get weird. I had seen the Beatles and the Monkees having to run from girls chasing them and I worried about what fans did if they caught up to you,” she said.

Luckily, Olsen was able to maintain a fairly normal life, or, as normal as possible.

“Most of us Brady kids were very insistent on staying in public school and continuing to have normal lives as much as we could.”

Since the Brady Bunch, Susan Olsen has gone on to become an advocate for animals. She serves on the board of directors of Precious Paws, an animal rescue group.