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Our little farm: This star is on fire for a reboot
When the Young Show "In the Labyrinth of Books" celebrates its premiere on Sunday (November 17th) in the Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin, a special guest of honor with the children and youth ensemble will be excited. The former child actress Alison Arngrim (57, "Our little farm") is on site. It is her first time in Berlin, she has never visited Germany before, she explains spot on news: "My husband Bob and I are very excited!"
She was already able to watch the show online. According to the actress, she is very pleased that the young stars are part of a professional theater training program. "Being on stage, in films or on television is a lot harder than it looks!" Arngrim himself became famous at the age of twelve. In an interview, she reveals whether she regrets it today.
You became famous as a child star in the TV series "Our Little Farm" (1974-1984). Have you ever regretted playing "Nellie Oleson"?
Alison Arngrim: Never! Being "Nellie Oleson" was the best job I - or anyone else - could ever get. Starring in "Our Little Farm" was a really wonderful experience and "Nellie Oleson" was a fantastic role. Playing the bad guy is often the most fun. You can see how people are still reacting to my character.
What were the worst reactions?
Arngrim: Some people took it really seriously. I was at a Christmas parade in Hollywood when someone threw a cup of orange lemonade at my head. Boom! Full in the face. However, it was also clear to me that if I made people so angry, then I had to do something right.
There are a lot of TV show reboots going on right now. Would you look forward to a new edition of "Our Little Farm"? How would it have to look so that you would be interested in participating?
Arngrim: Oh, I would like to do a reboot - in film or television. I'm not sure how exactly they would go about doing that. Many of our original cast members are no longer with us, and some of the children are now grandparents. Maybe a new version with new actors for the main characters - but cameos for all the original stars? By the way, I'm old enough to play "Harriet Oleson" [Nelly's mother] now - and I would love to.
Are you still in contact with other actors on the series?
Arngrim: Yes, pretty much everyone. A couple of times a year there are events where the actors meet with fans and sign autographs. Several cast members live near me in Los Angeles and the others are all on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. I interviewed Dean Butler aka "Almanzo" last month on my radio show and I just got off with Charlotte Stewart, "Miss Beadle", and Wendi Lou Lee, "Baby Grace", spoken. I can really say that the "Our Little Farm" family still exists after all these years.
Do you still watch the series sometimes today?
Arngrim: I'm still looking at them. I have the DVDs and it is streamed on Amazon too. I'll admit, my favorite episode is the one in which I ride down the hill in a wheelchair.
How did your career develop after the series?
Arngrim: I've done the usual sort of TV movies and appearances on Fantasy Island, Love Boat, and so on. It's like I was definitely fixated on one type, but luckily I was able to do stand-up comedy and theater too. I've traveled all over the country performing in nightclubs. Eventually I created a "one woman show" that led to the publication of my very successful autobiography, "Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated". Besides that show now I have a special French comedy show that I'm doing all over France with Patrick Loubatiere. I also do plays, independent films, web series and have my own radio show, The Alison Arngrim Show.
What would you consider your greatest achievement?
Arngrim: I think my biggest achievement is staying up to date after all these years (laughs) - and being able to use my fame for charities like fighting HIV / AIDS and my work with "PROTECT" to use to combat child abuse.
What is your advice to today's child stars?
Arngrim: Learn as much as you can about the business as early as you can. Do your research on the financial side of your career. Take good care of your training. Be sure you really want it. It's very hard work, but it can also be hugely rewarding. In this day and age, famous child actors might also want to consider staying away from social media or seeking professional help here. I can't imagine what life would have been like for me and the other girls from "Our Little Farm" if we had had Twitter and Instagram back then.#Subjects
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