Barbara Eden is in favor of an “I Dream of Jeannie” reboot — as long as it’s done correctly.
“It would have to be different,” the actress told People magazine on Friday. “I don’t think you’d ever copy something, but it’s a good idea.”
“It’s a good idea,” the actress shared. “They should do it.”
Eden already has some sage advice she would give to a new Jeannie.
“Just follow your own road,” said Eden. “Do what you’re comfortable doing. You find your own truth.”
The original sitcom aired from 1965 until 1970 and it chronicled the adventures of an astronaut (Larry Hagman), who discovered the wish-granting genie (Eden).
Eden said she still has wonderful memories of Hagman, died in 2012 at age 81.
“I have never worked with anyone before or since, that we just had a connection and a rhythm of working,” she said. “It was wonderful.”
Eden also talked about some of the secrets to looking and feeling young while talking to Closer Weekly on Friday. The star said that while wine and chocolate are her guilty pleasures, she does enjoy working out to burn off the extra calories.
“I go to the gym, and I have a trainer,” she explained. “It used to be spinning. I don’t do that anymore. I stopped that. I loved it but it’s not good for your knees so I stopped. Now I do weights and I walk around a track.”
In 2017, Eden told Fox News her belly button became famous while on the set of “I Dream of Jeannie.”
“I have a big ‘thank-you’ to the media for that,” she laughed. “I was on the set one day and [a writer] for The Hollywood Reporter walked on set and right over to me. He said, ‘I don’t believe you have one.’ I said, ‘A what?’ And he goes, ‘A belly button!’ And then he poked me in the middle!
“He started writing about my belly button… The next thing I knew, the ‘Laugh-In’ wanted to premiere my navel on NBC. I know a lot of women are known for very glamorous body parts, but my navel? Ha!”
The star also described that she never felt typecast because of her success in “I Dream of Jeannie.” In fact, she’s still thankful for the magical alter-ego.
“I really didn’t,” she explained. “Because after I did ‘I Dream of Jeannie,’ I did at least two other television shows. And I don’t know how many television movies playing entirely different kinds of people. I was so busy.
“So, I didn’t feel that I was ever typecast. In fact, I wasn’t. ‘Jeannie’ just so happens to be one people remember and that’s all right with me.”