How Cheryl Ladd protested the bikini excess of ‘Charlie’s Angels’: ‘I got the tiniest one I could find’
In each episode, the three heroines of the classic Charlie's Angels television series defeated seedy criminals and grubby villains with all kinds of ass kicking. And just as often, at least one of them showed up in a bikini.
For critics, the '70s hit show may have been the epicenter of "Jiggle TV," but costar Cheryl Ladd, who played Angel Kris Munroe from season two, had a unique way of tackling the revealing outfits.
"I had a long talk with [executive producer] Aaron [spelling] one day about wearing bikini all the time," she tells Yahoo Entertainment. "And I said," I'm someone's mother. "It really isn't necessary to have it all the time."
According to Ladd, who had a young daughter at the time, Spelling agreed. And yet, just two episodes later, she was back in a different bikini. So she got the idea to fight fire with fire.
Cheryl Ladd is filming an episode of "Charlie's Angels". (Photo: Getty Images)
"I have the smallest I could find that was shocking," says Ladd. "And the director said," You can't wear that. "I said," Aaron wants me in a bikini. This is the one I am wearing. I will take all responsibility for it. "
Ladd's attempt to postpone the cover in the episode "Angel on High" and certainly shock the standard section of the network worked. The episode aired despite using some clever cuts and close-ups to avoid showing too much skin. The spelling waved the white flag and told the "little rebel", "I got the message and it won't happen again."
Cheryl Ladd in the third season of Charlie's Angels "Angel on High".
Despite her rebellion, Ladd believes the legendary show for women on television was a step forward and calls it "empowering".
"We didn't try to be men," she says. “We were just smart cookies, working together, wearing great clothes, and taking care of ourselves. There's nothing wrong with that. "
However, the entire television industry has been problematic for women, especially as they got older. Ladd has acted consistently and learned to accept the aging process since the days of Charlie's Angels.
“I think the standard for women is much, much, much tougher,” she says. "But I have wrinkles ... and if I had nothing on my face to show that I have aged a bit, it would look weird and I want to work and I want to play women my age."
But one area where she has, in some ways, stepped back in time is her eyesight. She recently had cataract surgery and her eyesight was restored with the PanOptix Trifocal Lens.
Ladd says the procedure brought her "childhood eyesight" back, adding, "There may be a day when I have to say," Okay, I'm officially old and I don't feel good, "but it's not now . "
Alcon, maker of PanOptix, has partnered with Ladd. Interested parties should consult their doctor before any surgical procedure.
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