‘Little House on the Prairie’: Almanzo Wilder Actor ‘Scared the Crap’ Out of Melissa Gilbert Because of Their Creepy Age Difference

Toilet on the MoorMelissa Gilbert was desperate to learn that her character, Laura Ingalls, would have a love interest. Although she was thrilled to be working in love scenes with a boy, that enthusiasm went out the window once she met the actor who used to play her boyfriend at the end. over there.

When she met the actor who was about to play Almanzo Wilder, (Dean Butler,) she was full of loads. She had no idea she would be interested in love as a man in his 20s. Because of their huge age gap, Gilbert admits that he “put the fear out of it”.

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Actress Melissa Gilbert, with roller skates and stretching out on the bench | David Mcgough / DMI / LIFE Photo Collection via Getty Images

Melissa Gilbert was horrified about the kiss scene between Almanzo Wilder and Laura Ingalls

According to Gilbert ‘s recollection, the thought of kissing a boy, not to mention a grown man, worried her. She was only a fifteen year old child at the time, with little or no boy experience. The idea of ​​kissing a man with a “stubble” made Gilbert “sick of his stomach.”

Dean Butler as Almanzo James Wilder, Melissa Gilbert as Laura Elizabeth Ingalls Wilder
Dean Butler as Almanzo James Wilder, Melissa Gilbert as Laura Elizabeth Ingalls Wilder | NBCU Photo Bank / Getty Images

Gilbert was embarrassed all week and refused to talk about it when one of her colleagues asked.

And finally, when it came time for the passionate scene, Gilbert let her co-star take the lead. “I closed my eyes and moved slowly, allowing him to find the target,” Gilbert writes.

When it was over, she felt a flood of relief.

After the kiss, Gilbert “hurried to the craft service table and put hooks in my mouth to get rid of any cooties. ”

Melissa Gilbert says Laura Ingalls’ love interest, Almanzo Wilder, ‘scared the affair out of (her)’

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Melissa Gilbert as Laura Ingalls Wilder, Dean Butler as Almanzo James Wilder | NBCU Photo Bank / Getty Images

In her memoir, Gilbert remembers the moment she met Dean Butler, who plays her boyfriend on screen.

“Then came Dean’s first day of work,” she writes. “When we last met, I experienced a great storm of disappointment, fear, anger and discomfort.” Gilbert continues, saying, “I expected the producers to throw a contemporary to me, someone close to my age. Instead, they had thrown someone! That’s right. Dean was an adult. I looked at it as if it had risen from Dr. Frankenstein’s lab. He was in his twenties. ”

As a result, Gilbert felt like she was one big disappointment for Butler. While he was older and more experienced, “it must have felt so great to have met this dorky, freaking out fifteen years with baking peach all over her legs. .. So inconvenient and hopeless for him. ”

And because of their age difference, Gilbert says she “wanted to run away and hide.”

Actors ‘Little House on the Prairie’ starring Almanzo Wilder and Laura Ingalls are now best friends

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Melissa Gilbert as Laura Elizabeth Ingalls Wilder, Dean Butler as Almanzo James Wilder | NBCU Photo Bank / Getty Images

Fortunately, everything worked out because Gilbert and Butler are now close friends.

“Fortunately, today we are good friends,” she writes. “He knows it scared me, and as a result, I made a point to do everything possible to make it as uncomfortable as possible.”

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