Cindy Brady Spills! Susan Olsen Reveals The Brady Bunch's Darkest Secrets
The youngest of the Brady clan opens up about drugs, Brady hookups and feuds, and life after The Brady Bunch
In a recent interview with news.com.au, the actress who played Cindy Brady did not hesitate to dish about Brady feuds and hookups, the cast’s shockingly low salaries and even her past as a marijuana farmer.
Since the actors playing the Brady kids worked in close quarters during the show’s 1969 74 run, fans most often want to know who really hooked up with whom: “I think all of us did,” Olsen, 53, admitted.”We led a sheltered life for part of the year, so if there was anybody to get a crush on or try to date, it would be our counterparts.”
The youngest Brady girl went on to admit that she and her TV stepbrother Bobby Brady, played by Mike Lookinland, used to engage in make-out sessions in the Brady doghouse when they were as young as 9 years old.
That’s not all Olsen is confessing – when it comes to her former on-screen sisters, Eve Plumb (a.k.a. Jan) and Maureen McCormick (who played Marcia), Olsen admitted that things were not always bright and sunny in the Brady household.
Olsen revealed that the two ladies do not get along. “I think it’s kind of petty,” Olsen said of the longstanding feud. “From day one with these two I have always been in the middle, and now it’s at the point where there isn’t even a desire to communicate through me.”
Olsen also aired the show’s dirty laundry regarding her salary, saying the Brady crew did not earn much back then. “We even had to pay for our own parking in the first season,” Olsen said. “They wouldn’t let us drive onto the lot. We earn very, very little.”
Later on, she found a more lucrative – and illegal at the time – gig: “I guess technically … I was really a marijuana grower,” she said. “My husband at the time and I grew it hydroponically.”
Though the actress says she never enjoyed smoking marijuana, she explains, “I’ve always been into ‘gardening,’ and it’s such a complicated, wonderful, fascinating plant,” Olsen said.