Ann B. Davis revealed the hardest part about working with The Brady Bunch cast
When castmates become family, catching up sounds more fun than working.
In the early 1970s, a "bunch" consisting of nine people, three adults and six children, stole the hearts of millions of viewers worldwide after its 1969 debut. They were the Bradys, and Alice Nelson was more than just their housekeeper; she was a member of the family, too.
Played by Ann B. Davis, this role added a nice touch to the show, although critics back then didn't like the family series and made sure their ill feelings were reflected in their reviews. Davis remembered those critics vividly in 1988 and talked about it in an interview with The Akron Beacon Journal.
"The critics of 20 years ago didn't like us," she stated. "But the fans grew up, and now they're the critics. I'm not just an actor to them. I'm part of the fabric of their lives. I'm grateful to be associated with a show that had some morality."
Davis was a crucial part of those fans' childhoods like she was to the Brady kids on camera and behind the scenes. They weren't just castmates. According to the actress, one word best describes the group.
"You can use the term family for us," she added. Each season and special brought the group closer, making it harder to focus on filming. In fact, Davis revealed what she felt was the hardest part about working with her Brady Bunch castmates.
"They're like my extended family. And we're a close-knit family. The hardest part about getting us all together is getting us all to work. We're too busy catching up with each other. This time, we had to gulp when we realized it had been 20 years."
If you've ever wondered if Davis and her character shared similarities — they did. The actress believed writers used her as a blueprint for the fictional maid. "I think the writers take my personality and write for me. It sure makes my job a lot easier."
It's always refreshing to hear about the positive relationships between classic sitcom stars. There was a strong chemistry that could be seen in the episodes of the show between the actors.
With all of the seasons and specials that followed after its debut, it's safe to say The Brady Bunch will be a part of many individuals' childhoods for generations to come.