Lynda Carter on the New, Non-Latina Wonder Woman: “I Will Be Cheering Her On!”

Earlier this week, Friday Night Lights star Adrianna Palicki made national headlines when she was cast in the coveted role of Wonder Woman in David E. Kelley’s new NBC pilot. We called up Lynda Carter (born Linda Jean Córdova) — who played the dual role in the seventies TV series, The New Adventures of Wonder Woman —to get her thoughts on the casting of Palicki, whether she thinks Wonder Woman should be played by a Latina, and whether she'll be checking out the new show.

Did you hear that the new Wonder Woman has been cast?

Of course, yeah!

What do you think of the casting choice?

I think that she certainly knows what she’s doing and I think she’s beautiful! David {E. Kelley} is a great writer so I have high hopes for {the show}. She’s a wonderful character and I think people would be remiss not to bring her back. I want her to have her fun in the sun—it’s been way too long since Wonder Woman has been in the public eye.

Tell us how it felt for you to land the role back in 1975.

You have to remember that in the seventies when it was being cast, there really were no roles for women on television. When I started, the only women on a set were the script supervisor and me. I don’t think that there could’ve been a more perfect time for there to be a woman that was stronger than anybody else around her.  If you look at casting sheets, even today, the casts are usually men-heavy and there are a couple of women. Or it’s a chick flick, you know? {Laughs}. And I don’t think Wonder Woman was like a chick flick—she heads up the role and it’s about her and her life and her philosophy, and it’s great. She represents the secret self—the woman inside the mother, wife, sister, aunt…all that stuff. 

We don’t know if you’ve heard, but the new Wonder Woman is going to have three identities instead of two, each with her own love interest.

I have heard that as well. I’ve talked to David, and I don’t think you’re going to know what it really is until the show starts. We’ll see what it ends up being….

Because of your Mexican roots, is there any part of you that wanted a Latina to be cast in the role?

Nobody’s ever asked me that question, but it’s a really good one. I don’t know what this girl’s {Adrianna Palicki’s} background is—because her last name sounds like it may be Ukranian. But she’s going to have a blast! And you know, I never really thought of it as wanting to have a Hispanic person. I don’t think it really matters so much. When I was still Wonder Woman, I did a special where I talked about my Mexican roots. I talked about it all of the time, way before it was the "in" thing to do. And I think that with acting and singing and all the rest—the color blindness of it is the right thing. I don’t think people think so much anymore about whether actors are Hispanic or not on TV.

Will you be tuning in for the show?

Of course I will. I’m very excited about it. I will be cheering her on. I hope it is fabulous. I really do.