“沃顿”明星理查德·托马斯(Richard Thomas)反思与已故的电视爸爸拉尔夫·怀特(Ralph Waite)合作: ‘我们真的团结了’

“沃顿”明星理查德·托马斯(Richard Thomas)反思与已故的电视爸爸拉尔夫·怀特(Ralph Waite)合作: ‘我们真的团结了’

独家: Richard Thomas wants to offer a joyful holiday during a grim year.

Emmy-winning 演员, who famously played John-Boy Walton in the hit ‘70s series “沃尔顿家族,” is hosting “Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir,” an Americana-themed special that aims to celebrate soulful holiday traditions, songs and stories. The music selection also highlights lesser-known carols and ballads from American composers.

The special, which also features Tony-winning star Kelli O’Hara, was filmed last year before the ongoing 冠状病毒大流行 impacted the country.

As the year comes to an end, the 69-year-old has been reflecting on cherished memories, particularly those from his time filming “The Waltons,” which focuses on a family in rural Virginia during the Great Depression and World War II. The show aired from 1972 直到 1981.

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Richard Thomas is hosting "Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir," which was filmed last year.

Richard Thomas is hostingChristmas with the Tabernacle Choir,” which was filmed last year. (Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage/Getty)

Thomas spoke to Fox News about working alongside his TV father Ralph Waite, WHO 去世了 在 2014 在年龄 85, as well as his relationship with “The Waltons” cast today and celebrating Christmas in 2020.

福克斯新闻: You must have many, but what’s one memory from your time filming “The Waltons” that makes you smile today?
Richard Thomas: There are many, many memories that make me smile. What’s making me smile right now is the memory of working with the wonderful Michael Learned and the great Ralph Waite who played my parents, and what wonderful actors and people they were.

Michael and I are still very, 非常, very close, as all of us are. We’re still a great big family, believe it or not. We stay in touch and that circle has never been broken. But just the memory of working with all of those wonderful people, that’s the thing that makes me happiest of all.

Ralph Waite, who played the patriarch in "The Waltons," (剩下) passed away in 2014 在年龄 85.

Ralph Waite, who played the patriarch inThe Waltons,” (剩下) passed away in 2014 在年龄 85. (CBS通过Getty Images)

福克斯新闻: How would you describe Ralph Waite when he wasn’t playing your father on the screen?
汤玛士: I’d made a picture with him years before [“The Waltons”], and he was an uncompromisingly honest artist and an actor. He wanted things to be real and true. He was such a warm man with such a great sense of humor. And we really bonded. It was very easy for him. And it was easy for me to let him be my dad for all those years. I really cherish the time that we had together.

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福克斯新闻: You’ve led such a successful career over the years. 往后看, how did you escape that so-called child curse that we tend to hear about?
汤玛士: [我认为] you’re lucky enough to have success in the business at any age. But I think particularly as a young person, there are challenges that come with it. 和, I defy adults to do well when they’re suddenly hit with a lot of fame and notoriety.

For children, it’s really complicated. It depends on how stable your home life is. But also by the time “The Waltons” came along and was a hit, I’d been acting since I was 8 岁. So for me, it was a job. It was what I did. It was my work. I was pretty disciplined, but I just took it in stride. And I had a good stable home life with parents who were also performers so they helped me through it.

Richard Thomas (中央) revealed he's still close with his "Waltons" 家庭, especially Michael Learned (对).

Richard Thomas (中央) revealed he’s still close with hisWaltons” 家庭, especially Michael Learned (对). (CBS通过Getty Images)

福克斯新闻: What was it about The Tabernacle Choir that made you want to ring in the holidays with them?
汤玛士: 好, 当然, I’ve been listening to their magnificent singing my whole life and we had their Christmas album on the family record shelf while I was growing up. 和, I knew the concert was a wonderful one. I’d seen it aired. 它的, 我认为, the 17th version of it.

So when they called and invited me to be the reader for the current one and told me that Kelli O’Hara was going to be the singing artist guest, I just jumped at the chance. I love Christmas. It’s my favorite time of year. I made a lot of Christmas movies. And so this felt like exactly what I wanted to do.

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福克斯新闻: How does it feel to know that this special is going to help bring a sense of hope to many who have endured so much loss this year?
汤玛士: It’s been a really rough time for everybody, 当然, and nothing can make it all go away and seem better. 然而, we were able to do this concert last December before the pandemic hit, so we were all together in the theater, 我的意思是, 20,000 people at each performance and everyone on stage together.

"The Waltons" aired from 1972 直到 1981.

The Waltonsaired from 1972 直到 1981. (盖蒂图片社)

And so we’re very lucky we were able to do it that way. And I think offering this concert in a fully live form is going to give people a lot of comfort and make them just feel like they’re in the room with lots of people, which is what we all need. And we will all have it again. We’ve just got to get through this. And I think this particular iteration is going to really be a lovely offering this year for people.

福克斯新闻: How are you and your family coping with 2020?
汤玛士: We may have distance and separation, but we still have a connection. We still have love. And I have enormous faith that we’ll all be back together again. And we just have to muddle through somehow as the song says until that happens.

福克斯新闻: Does your family have any holiday traditions?
汤玛士: We just like to be together with whichever of our young people, our kids can be with us. It’s going to be awfully quiet this year. My wife makes a beautiful New Mexican Christmas dinner, which we all love. 和, we watch our Christmas shows as a family. It’s a time to be together and it’s really just all about love for us, as it is for everyone. 所以, 希望, we’ll be spreading that around with the concert.

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福克斯新闻: What surprised you the most about Kelli O’Hara while filming this special?
汤玛士: Nothing surprised me about Kelli because I’ve known Kelli and her family for many years, and I know what a magnificent artist she is, and also what a wonderful person.

She combines the voice of a diva, of a great singing diva with the girl next door persona. It’s an astonishing combination. But no matter how much you know about Kelli and heard her sing before, when you get on stage and you hear that voice, it’s a miracle all over again.

福克斯新闻: For those who will be watching The Tabernacle Choir for the first time, what do you hope they get from this experience?
汤玛士: If they’re Christmas lovers like I am, I hope they have a wonderful Christmas moment and they’re able to really indulge in the beauty of the holiday and the majesty of the singing and the whole experience and that that will enrich their Christmas holidays. But for anybody, 我认为, it will be a wonderful opportunity to hear beautiful music.

I get to readThe Christmas Storyand a wonderful Pearl Buck story. The opportunity to see people all together and sharing in something? It’s so wonderful. It has a great spiritual connection, whatever your faith background might be. I think everyone will be able to enjoy it. I hope so.

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“Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir” airs Dec. 14 在 9 下午. ET on PBS.

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