“Age is not a number. Some people are way older than others who are the same numerical age," shared Louise.
Tina Louise, who starred as the breathy-voiced Ginger in the well-liked 1960s program Gilligan's Island, still maintains a youthful appearance as she loves some peaceful time in her New York home six decades after the conclusion of the program. The actress who turned 89 this year has been under the limelight for decades. Louise opened up on how she still hopes to find a soulmate as she continues to live in comforting quiet solitude. As per Do You Remember, the star revealed that she would love to have a soulmate in her life and date again.
According to Esquire, the veteran star said, “Age is not a number. Some people are way older than others who are the same numerical age because of the way they carry themselves, because of the way they don't stand up straight, or the way their bellies stick out. I don't think you should label people with numbers,” as she opines how she loves living her life to the fullest with no boundaries created with age. Louise, who still feels young at heart, despises being referred to by her age because she does not want to be reduced to a number.
Even at this late stage, she still feels vivacious enough to pursue love. She has freely said that she is open to dating and that she would be delighted to experience love. “I’m open. I’m open. I’m open to life,” Louise told the New York Post. When asked what traits she would be looking for in a potential companion, she replied that they would need to be humorous and kind. And she knows just the right person in her thoughts. For there was only one sexy choice among the Skipper, the Professor, the millionaire, and Gilligan, as per the outlet. When asked about her favorite amongst them, she admitted “It’s Jim,” referring to late actor Jim Backus, who played married millionaire Thurston Howell III. "He had a great sense of humor. He was adorable," she shared of the late actor.
Replying to a question on who she would want to be with if she was stuck on a tropical island in real life, the Gilligan's Island actress opened up by saying it would be the late-night show host, John Oliver.
"I like his dimples. I like him. He's terrific. Bright. Cute. Funny. You have to enjoy each other's company and have something to talk about. That's important," she said when asked about the qualities she admires in him. The actor marked her indelible presence in movies as recently as 2019, as Rose in Tapestry. Yet in addition to her work as an actor, the actress is a volunteer instructor at Learning Leaders, a nonprofit that offers academic support to New York City school children.
The final surviving survivor from the legendary CBS sitcom about seven shipwrecked strangers, which made its premiere on September 26, 1964, is Louise. And today she has taken to writing when she's not assisting young pupils in developing their literary abilities, confidence, and self-determination to inspire the young souls out there.
When I Grow Up, a children's book was released in 2007, after her first book, a memoir titled Sunday, which was published in 1998. Two years later, her third What Does A Bee Do? was released.
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