By Pollo Del Mar
Few entertainers are more iconic to the LGBT community than Lynda Carter. As TV’s heroic Wonder Woman, Carter fought for the rights of all in her star-spangled satin tights – but she found the most enduring adoration among gays.
Now more than three decades later, Carter has settled comfortably into her status as a beloved symbol of justice and, in her own words, “the secret self who needs to be expressed.” And she clearly embraces the community which continues to support her, whether that is in her theatrical, television and film career or, most recently, return to music.
Carter is traveling the world in support of her third album Crazy Little Things, a pop music collection reimagined in the star’s own, jazz-inflected style. The still-stunning one-time Miss World checks in with GuideToGay celebrity correspondent Pollo Del Mar about feeling bullied growing up, and, obviously, weighs in on the planned Wonder Woman TV remake.
You recently returned to your home state to be Grand Marshall of their Pride Parade. What’s that like for you?
For me, it’s just going home and while I’m there doing this gay Pride Parade and also celebrating my record, going on to talk about it. I really don’t find anything unusual about it other than it’s Arizona (USA). (Laughs.) Arizona’s a little conservative… For me, going to do Pride, they asked me to do it, and I said great. It wasn’t, “Oh, should I do a Gay Pride Parade?” For me, it was a no-brainer.
I read a recent interview where you spoke out against bullying – a very hot subject right now within the LGBT community. Which came first – your dislike of bullying or a realization that people perceived you as standing up for those without voices for years, even without you knowing it?
I think when you get new information about things, if you don’t grow from it, you’re moving backwards. You’re not standing still. I certainly understand more now than I did about the gay and lesbian community. That being said, I’m just really sick and tired of the demonization of anything “other.” When the far right talks about “the right to life”… Hey, I’m “right to life” too! I want children to be healthy and live. I’m not promoting abortion, but I believe in the right to choose what to do. Instead, I’m painted with brush that I’m a murderer. There’s nobody who’s out there with banners and signs saying, “Come get your abortions!” or “Hey, Abortions!”
(Both are laughing.)
Or, if you’re against the war, you’re “Anti-American.” I’m sorry, I just don’t want our boys to die, you idiots! I’d rather spend money on our schools than their schools. You know, I was kind of awkward when I was a young girl. I experienced the ‘mean girl’ thing – being drawn into a little clique, really feeling like you belong, then they turn their back on you and never talk to you again. Growing up, we were fine, but we had some financial issues. We lived in a nice part of town, but the poorer sections of the nice part of town. It was a little house. I worked my way through high school, singing. When I see bullying, I hated it when my kids fought or if they picked on each other. I couldn’t stand it! It was stomach-churning for me.
Coming to terms with your sexuality is at best, for anyone, really difficult. I think that time of life for boys and girls, people all of a sudden don’t like you because you’ve grown breasts or they treat you differently or whatever. It’s a tough time anyway. I think it’s even more difficult, based on the questions I’ve asked many, many, many people over many years. It’s hard if you’re not attracted to what all your friends are attracted to. That’s tough stuff. I feel strongly about it.
Compassion is obvious in all your responses, even to questions about the upcoming Wonder Woman TV remake. You seem genuinely concerned how actress Adrienne Palicki will be compared to your legacy.
It’s tough. Once she gets over the hump – once people see it, because they haven’t even seen it – there may be more surprises than anyone realizes. David E. Kelley is really talented, and he’s the writer/producer. I’m glad it’s being done again – and being done by a really talented writer/producer. It’s time to move, go, and give her a break!
You’ve said you’re just glad the Wonder Woman story is being told again.
Yes! It’s a great story. It’s about being OK with just being who you are. All of us have this “secret self” that we want to show the world. I think that’s probably what resonates with the gay and lesbian population. It’s that part that’s terrifying to admit. There are pieces and parts of people, and they’re certainly not just about sexuality. It’s really not the defining part of a human being. It’s such a part of our society, but in a relationship, there’s got to be a lot more than just sexuality for you to love and be loved, to raise a healthy family and be a healthy person in mind and body – spirit as well. We’re complex creatures, and this is not a one-note samba. Life isn’t. So I get a little sick of all the focus being just on the person’s sexuality.
Tell me about the new album, Crazy Little Things.
I’m really, really proud of it! The band I’m coming to San Francisco with, they’re all on the album. I took songs you would recognize – they aren’t standards, but they are in the sense it’s “Heatwave,” “Desperado,” “Locomotion,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.” They’re all songs you would recognize, but the way I do them is completely different than the way they’ve been done before. Working with top-notch people, the bar is so high. We’re all stretching for perfection. When you’ve got musicians like this, that’s when the freedom comes. You know what you’re doing, and the music just ebbs and flows. I can’t wait for you to hear it!
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