For many fans out there, Little House on the Prairie has been a source of inspiration. The show is all about connection, love, positivity, joy, and helping others.
If you ask one of the stars of the show — Melissa Gilbert — she would probably tell you that we could use some of those old-school values in our lives today. For fans out there who don’t know, Melissa Gilbert played the role of Laura Ingalls Wilder on the show from 1974 to 1983. She was the second oldest daughter of Charles Ingalls, who, of course, was played by none other than Michael Landon.
Gilbert sat down for an interview back in 2008 where she has a revealing conversation about her time on Little House has shaped her life.
“I think ‘Little House on the Prairie’ was a representation of everything that we as human beings aspire to be, and live up to and have in our lives,” Gilbert passionately explained.
The Ingalls Taught Us About a Simpler Life
The Ingalls taught everyone so many valuable and wholesome life lessons while the show was on the air all those years ago. And Gilbert said that no matter where the world goes, we could all benefit by embracing a simpler life.
“A sense of family, a sense of camaraderie, a sense of community, a sense of faith,” she said. “A sense of commonality, of purpose. And overcoming of adversity. Because no matter what time we’re existing in, no matter where technology is going or where the world is headed, we still need each other. We still need that human touch. We still rely on one another as people.”
That right there — a deep, unconditional love for our family and our neighbors — is exactly what the show was built on.
“I think that’s the strong core of the show,” she continues. “The values of that kind of togetherness and support, the kindness and compassion.”
Melissa Gilbert Was Only 10 Years Old When ‘Little House on the Prairie’ Premiered
Melissa Gilbert was born in May of 1964. Incredibly, she was just nine years old when she auditioned for the show, and 10 years old when the show officially premiered. Gilbert previously recalled being starstruck when she went in for her audition.
“I went in and met Michael Landon. And I remember walking in the room, and I remember thinking, ‘Wow, that’s what a star…’ he looked like a star. He was really fun and funny. And he wasn’t talking to me like I was nine. He was talking to me like I was, you know, his contemporary, working with him. But at the same time, he was still treating me age appropriately.
It’s obvious that the nine-year-old Gilbert must have made a good impression on Landon as well.