For a whole generation of fans, Lynda Carter is Wonder Woman, and with the actor about to portray another powerful woman in the form of President Olivia Marsden on The CW's "Supergirl," she remains very aware of the vital importance of such prominent female role models.
Speaking in a recent interview with Variety, Carter reflected on what keeps the character she played in the 1970s "Wonder Woman" TV show as relevant today as when she was first created 75 years ago.
"The reason [Wonder Woman] existed in the first place was that, when she came on the scene [in 1941], there was nothing for girls to look up to. We’re still fighting the same fight. We still need more female role models. But Wonder Woman is much more than a cartoon character. She’s fighting for truth and justice and the secret self that exists in all women and girls."
While she doesn't have any advice for actor Gal Gadot, the star of the upcoming "Wonder Woman" movie, Carter did express her backing for the project, saying "I support Gal wholeheartedly, and I wish her and [director] Patty [Jenkins] all the success in the world."
Sadly, it looks like the film won't have a Carter cameo – "I've spoken to Patty... She talked to me on the phone about the character, and we were trying to see if I could do something with the movie, but it didn’t work out. The timing was off, and I was doing other things and couldn’t get over to where they were shooting."
The interview also saw Carter address her role as a gay cultural icon, with the actor pointing out "I've been on the front lines of this issue for 40 years. I've been standing with and united with the gay community. I know so many gay men and women that homophobia is such a baffling thing for me. That's where the real 'Wonder Woman' in me comes out, and I want to bop [homophobes] upside the head and go, 'Get a grip. Get over yourself already.'"
Starring Melissa Benoist as the Girl of Steel, "Supergirl" airs Mondays at 8 pm ET/PT on The CW. The series also stars David Harewood as Martian Manhunter, Mehcad Brooks as Jimmy Olsen, Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers and Jeremy Jordan as Winn Schott and features appearances by Calista Flockhart's Cat Grant as well as Tyler Hoechlin's Superman.
Directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot, "Wonder Woman” will hit cinemas on June 2, 2017.