‘The Brady Bunch’: Susan Olsen Revealed Why She ‘Didn’t Like Acting Enough’ to Continue Career

by Emily Morgan

Starting when she was 7-years-old, Susan Olsen played the tiniest Brady on “The Brady Bunch” and won hearts worldwide with her blonde braids and adorable smile. However, off-camera, Olsen had complicated feelings about being on the show. Even though she came to appreciate her time on portraying Cindy, she once confessed that she hated being on “The Brady Bunch.”

During an interview with Fox News back in 2019, Olsen revealed why she disliked being on the show. Even though she appeared on the beloved family series for five seasons, Olsen came to realize that the gig wasn’t for her.

“In the end, I realized that I just didn’t like acting enough to put up with the stereotype. I didn’t really think I was good enough to transcend it, Olsen revealed. “Although I used to do my best readings for characters that were very opposite Cindy, when it came down to it, they just couldn’t hire me to play a role that was too opposite like a murderer or drug addict,” she added.

Susan Olsen Stays Busy After ‘The Brady Bunch’

After her stint on “The Brady Bunch,” Olsen transitioned from the entertainment industry to graphic design. In 1998, she marketed a brand of glow-in-the-dark shoes for Converse. She also worked as a talk show host at the Los Angeles radio station KLSX with Ken Ober. She also co-hosted and co-wrote a radio show with comedian Allan Havey in 2000.

“I would always prefer radio or working behind the scenes where I don’t have to be seen. I don’t like how appearance-oriented TV is (especially now that I’m middle-aged!!). But I am developing a show revolving around animal rescue, which will hopefully entertain and maybe do a bit of good for the cause as well.”

Now, at 59-years-old Olsen has kept herself busy post “Brady Bunch” by dedicating herself to animal organizations. Today, she serves on the board of directors for an organization known as “Precious Paws.”

“I got involved with the organization by volunteering my services as a foster mother. I started foster parenting “bottle babies” for Animal Control. This is a program for taking in unweaned kittens and puppies and bottle feeding them until they are big enough to be spayed or neutered and ready to be adopted,” Olsen added.

“Georgyne Lalone who is the founder of Precious Paws used to work with Chris Knight. I got in touch with her and offered my services as a foster Mom. We hit it off and I’ve become part of the organization.”