‘Little House on the Prairie’:Melissa Gilbert Talks 'Little House on the Prairie' Days and Her Life Now in a Cabin (Exclusive)

The best and most important things in life are the sweet and simple ones." 

These wise words from Laura Ingalls Wilder, the character played by Melissa Gilbert on Little House on the Prairie, have stayed with her all these years. 

Gilbert talks about being quarantined at her home in the Catskill Mountains of New York during the coronavirus pandemic and living a life away from Hollywood in her new book, Back to the Prairie: A Home Remade, A Life Rediscovered. 

Reflecting on the pandemic, the 58-year-old actress told ET's Rachel Smith, "When you go through something like that, you really realize what you need versus what you want." 

"I think we were really focused on what we wanted, what we wanted, what we wanted, what we wanted, what we wanted," she said. "Things that really were taken from us. Our jobs, our families, and our sense of community were all taken away. Some people even lost loved ones and close friends for good. Life has changed a lot, and what really matters are the people and things we love and that bring us peace and comfort. 

Gilbert found comfort in the home she shares with her husband, Timothy Busfield, in the Catskills. She calls it "cabbage." Gilbert told ET that after leaving Hollywood and moving upstate, her life is a little like how Laura Ingalls and her family lived in Little House on the Prairie. 

"The cabbage is very healing," said Gilbert of the home she and her husband moved into in 2019. "My life is just much easier now. I don't have that burning desire to do something like I used to." 

Gilbert was on Little House on the Prairie from 1974 to 1983. During that time, she said she had the perfect mix of prairie life and rural California life, which showed her a glimpse of the life she wanted. 

She said, "I loved being on set." "I loved being around the horses and chickens. At the end of the day, I would go home to our nice house in the San Fernando Valley and do my chores, schoolwork, and other things. I loved being outside, though. I loved being outside and always wanted that to be a part of my life." 

She only misses her family from California now that she has that piece of nature. "Pressure is not something I miss. I don't think about the race. I don't miss being in a race. She said, "I don't miss feeling bad about myself because I'm not younger and thinner." "I do miss Los Angeles. It's not the city itself that I miss. I miss my mom, my sister, and my nephews. I also miss my kids, my granddaughter, and my friends who live there. Being away from those people is the hardest part. But what about the rest? I don't miss." 

On the show "Little House on the Prairie," Melissa Gilbert played Laura Ingalls Wilder. Getty Images/NBCU Photo Bank 

Some people would find it hard to leave the world they knew better, but for Gilbert, this is just her third act. 

""I think I've finally reached a point in my life where I want and love to live a peaceful, settled life," she told ET. "A lot of the bad things that happened to me in the past are over, and I've moved on. I want that in so many ways, and with the move to the cabbage, I made a conscious decision not to have anything in my life that wasn't peaceful and calm. And that's how I've chosen to spend the last third of my life." 

Gilbert's husband of almost 10 years, who she said wrote the perfect description of who she is in the forward of her book, is the one person who can put her current life in perspective for the rest of the world. 

She said of Busfield, "I love the forward to this book so much because it's an amazing love letter from my life partner." "But I also think it's because he's so honest and open about who I am and what he thinks of me. I think that really lets people in."

Source: etonline.com

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