20 questions with Susan Olsen
Susan Olsen is best known for her role as Cindy Brady (The youngest one in curls) on The Brady Bunch. After her stint as a child star, she involved herself in a number of different careers including graphic designer, radio show host and mother. She has also appeared in a number of Brady related projects as an adult, such as The Brady Brides and My Fair Brady.
1. Where were you born?
Santa Monica CA, same hospital where I had my son 35 years later
2. How many siblings do you have?
Three. Two brothers, one sister
4. Do you have any pets?
Three: 2 cats, one dog
5. Do you have any nicknames?
Several but I am currently known as "Fluff"
6. What is your favorite restaurant?
Anything in France otherwise, Taco Bell.
7. What is your favorite TV show?
Da Ali G Show
8. Who is your favorite band/musician?
Oh please, there are so many. My first Lord and savior was Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin. I can't pick just one but lately I've had a real sweet spot for John Frusciante and my son just turned me on to Buckethead.
9. If you could live anyplace in the world where would it be?
I hear New Zealand has the best immigration policy (that's a big issue for me and I'm not the p***y that Arnold is. I WILL talk about it... just nobody wants to listen. LOL). A friend of mine just moved there and loves it. I feel the need to leave this once great country. I hate seeing it die.
10. Who do you think should be the next President of the USA?
Me! That is IF the president actually ran things. It always surprises people but I'm actually quite conservative. I don't believe in one party or the other, they are both completely insane. I believe in small government and people taking care of themselves. I like Tom McClintock. He's one of the few that actually has a brain and isn't afraid to use it. Lets face it, the President doesn't really do anything (which is why we have the perfect guy in office. The government is run by big business. This is a great country, we have the best laws money can buy.)
11. Professionally, what are you the most proud of?
Probably radio work
12. What regrets, if any, do you have about being Cindy Brady?
Not getting paid more.
13. What is the real reason you weren't in A Very Brady Christmas?
Money, of course. They contractually only needed five out of six kids. Since they had us all, they were over budget. They decided to let me be the one to get paid less. I let them know what I thought of the idea. (insert maniacal laughter here) I really wasn't very interested in doing the show anyway, as I had read the script. I had a honeymoon to go to at the Reggae Sunsplash in Jamaica, I was fine with how things turned out. In fact, I was irie! A few years ago, I met Jennifer Runyan (my replacement) at Burger King! We were there with our kids. We hugged, she's gorgeous, and left acting to be a mom. I never had ANY ill feelings toward her.
14. Besides yourself, who was the cutest Brady kid?
OK I can't say Oliver because people will bludgeon me. But I loved Robbie Rist and still do.
15. Who is the nicest person you have ever worked with?
Well of course that would be Bob with Florence as a close second but for a less obvious choice, I'd say Ken Curtis who played Festus on Gunsmoke.
16. What do you really think about Adrianne Curry?
My first thoughts were of how I never approve of a woman begging a man to take her but how can I find fault? It obviously worked. If a guy told me to move out of his house, I'd be gone before he finished the sentence but I wouldn't have been there in the first place. I used to like watching the show because it made me feel like I'm so low maintenance. In the second season (oh yes I've watched them all!) we saw what Adri had to put up with! At the risk of stating the obvious, youth is the key here. A lot of how Adrianne comes across is due to a youth that I think will age well. She is a smart person and I love her fire, she is much sweeter in person and even prettier; I think she's probably the best wife Chris has had.
17. Which vacation was better: The Grand Canyon, Hawaii or Kings Island?
Hawaii. Wouldn't you pick a tropical paradise over a hole in the ground or Cincinnati? (No offense, some of my best friends live in Ohio - REALLY!)
18. If you could trade places with any other child star who would it be?
As far as life goes, nobody. As far as finances go, I wanna be an Olsen twin!
19.Which do you prefer working on TV or radio and why?
Radio, I don't have to diet or brush my hair. Actually, radio because I'm not playing a character. I can be myself. After growing up with people assuming I was Cindy I guess this became a big deal to me. There are no scripts so nobody's putting words into my mouth. I can make it up as I go along. I like the freedom and the challenge. I also like eating like a pig and neglecting personal hygiene :-)
20. Has there ever been a time when you wished you were Cindy Brady and if so describe the circumstances.
Nope, never. I've always loved my family and my life far more. That's pretty lucky considering how many kids wished they had grown up in the Brady household. Not me, I liked my household way better. We were weirder. Besides, we had more pets, the Bradys got rid of Tiger without so much as an explanation! I think if Cindy had crapped on the couch she might have been gone too (without a toilet what choice did she have??) Speaking of crap, check this out. No, I'm not above potty humor.