Lynda Carter 62, became a household name thanks to her role as Wonder Woman in the 1970s’ TV series. As the series enjoys reruns on CBS Action and the Horror Channel, the mother-of-two looks back at the time she fought for our rights in her satin tights...
Does it seem like it was 34 years since you last wore the costume?
It’s forever ago! It’s amazing – my children aren’t even that old, it was so long ago. Thirty-four years is a long time.
Do you feel like you can’t get away from Wonder Woman?
No, I don’t feel like I can get away from it. But I enjoyed doing it, it was a great show, and I think it’s having a nice resurgence.
Could you have imagined back then how people would still be interested in it, all these years later?
No, I couldn’t. Normally these shows have a shelf life if they’ve been on for three years, maybe ten years after that, and that’s it.
How did you get the role?
At the time I was a young actress in LA, and there weren’t a lot of roles for girls who were pretty and in their early 20s. Most of the people on TV were men. There were thousands of girls that went for the role, and I walked in to read for it and the usual faces I’d seen sitting in every waiting room for every part were there – Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson, Jaclyn Smith... The producers told me I didn’t have to actually read because they’d seen some film that I’d done, and I thought, “well, I’m not gonna get this one”. But about three weeks later I got the part – my agent called and said, “Hello Wonder Woman!”
That was a life-changing moment
It was thrilling. I would have done it for free. It was really great.
I read that you were about to return home before you got the role. Would you have given up acting?
No, that’s not true. I was actually down to my last 25 dollars – from the money I’d saved being on the road as a singer in bands – and I was going to have to get a job.
Wonder Woman turned you into a sex symbol – were you comfortable with that?
I think people have tried to objectify Wonder Woman and certainly there’s an element of that, but I think that misses the point of what she was about. That was just a by-product, and I never played the sex symbol, and I don’t think that anybody can play that very well. You see a beautiful girl walking down the street, she’s not really thinking she’s beautiful – you would hate her if you did.
Are you pleased with how your career has panned out?
Sure. I’ve been busy most of my career and the time I’ve taken off is the time I’ve wanted to take off. I’ve had a family, two wonderful human beings that happen to be my children, and I’ve got a wonderful husband. We all work hard. I’m still singing, I’ve got a couple of albums out and I’m singing at jazz clubs.
Is there a role that you’d love to play?
I don’t know if I’d want to tackle a long-term project, but as acting roles come along, I’ll do parts here and there.
So there’s no chance of you coming back to the West End?
Oh I would do that! I’m talking long-term projects like a series that’s over a period of years. But I love the West End. I loved doing Chicago, it really got me singing again. I love London. I’ve spent a lot of time there; it’s my second city.