This week on Talk Learn Connect, I have a very special guest. Alison Arngrim played Nellie Oleson from Little House on the Prairie but Alison is much more than an actress. She is also a stand-up comedian, author and queen of reinvention and has kindly agreed to share some TLC (Talk Learn Connect)
You were born to be on the stage, it's in your family genes, but if you had not gone down the path of acting, what do you think you would have chosen as a profession?
Good question! I'm not sure, I definitely enjoy talking to people and I'm fascinated by how the human mind works, so acting might still have been a possibility.
Although, in high school, I became very interested in psychology and seriously considered pursuing a degree and becoming a therapist or psychiatrist.
From listening to your conversation on the Women’s Inspire Network virtual conference in October 2020, you are the queen of reinvention, how many times do you think you have reinvented yourself?
Hahaha! Oh, seven or eight times at least! Honestly, it started in childhood.
I had totally reinvented myself when I was on Little House as a twelve-year-old girl in order to not let my shyness stand in the way of working with others on the set. As an actor or any kind of performer, you need to stay 'current'and 'relevant'.
That can be a lot of work, but I have managed to adapt to the circumstances over and over again.