Lynda Carter heads behind the judges’ bench on GSN’s “Skin Wars” this Wednesday night.
The actress and singer is joining RuPaul and body painting icons Craig Tracy and Robin Slonina for the episode, judging the contestants working to turn bodies into incredible works of art.
And, this Wednesday’s episode, airing at 9 PM on GSN, even pays homage to Lynda’s past as TV’s “Wonder Woman.”
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Lynda spoke with AccessHollywood.com on Tuesday about saying yes to the show, what to expect in the episode, and, of course, Wonder Woman coming to the big screen.
AccessHollywood.com: Tell me about ‘Skin Wars.’ How did they get you involved in this?
Lynda Carter: Thankfully, I get asked to do a lot of different things and I’m just not interested in some of them and I had heard about ‘Skin Wars,’ and I was sent a clip and I think the show speaks for itself. It intrigued me as I think if people tune in… it’s astonishing! You just can’t keep your eyes off of it because it’s so amazing what these people can do with their imagination and a few supplies — transform a living breathing, moving person… a living thing that doesn’t sit still, stand still, laughs and cries and everything else. They’re great. They’re really great.
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Access: Did they try and make [this episode] inspired by your career and television history? Did they throw in a little nod to you?
Lynda: Yeah. I think that there was, I guess a superhero kind of thing. … The truth is, I just think superheroes are maybe the most difficult thing to try to come up with. And there was a lot of imagination there. All I can say, is that if people tune in, they’ll be shocked at how great it is and how just out of someone’s imagination, they can pop up with this art form.
Access: Tell me about a couple of things that impressed you when you were judging.
Lynda: What was one of the more remarkable things was the — first of all, you’ve got a three dimensional person and that they can still make sharp edges through painting where you look like you have – that it’s made out of metal or something. That was really surprising to me that they could make things look like they had sharp edges when the human body doesn’t have any. I think more interesting was the human factor, the personalities of each of these people, and, of course, they’re trying to be on their best behavior, but the behind the scenes drama is always interesting. It’s kind of people watching, maybe not at its finest, but certainly at its most stressful and there were — from the artists to the models — really just interesting lives and interesting work ethic and the stories behind where they came from and how they learned what they were doing and when they picked it up. The story is always more interesting about how someone got there than it is the arrival.
Access: I love ‘Drag Race.’ What was it like to work with RuPaul?
Lynda: He’s just exactly like he seems to be. … He’s just a warm, generous, kind hearted [person], very professional, knows his stuff backwards and forwards. He’s a guy that works all the time and has got a big life, but you know, he is the most regular guy that’s a drag queen I’ve ever met. He’s fantastic.
Access: What are you tuning in for when you do [watch TV]?
Lynda: I watch a lot of documentaries. The thing I’ve been kind of hooked on are these ’30 For 30.’
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Lynda: Yeah, those are really good, because… it’s about the journey. It’s not just about some stat or some great achievement or a win, it is what the journey was for this football team or these people or for the tennis player or the soccer person – the behind the scenes and how difficult it is and how everyone makes their way in their own way. Every person’s story is different, and every person that achieves greatness has gone through some pain to achieve it.
Access: I have to wrap this up, but obviously I have to ask you about the Wonder Woman costume, which they revealed at Comic-Con, because it doesn’t look like yours, which is my favorite.
Lynda: Well, I was missing the red, white and blue, I have to say.
Access: Me too.
Lynda: … I don’t know. I haven’t seen it yet, so I really can’t comment. Maybe there’s a lot more color in it than what we saw in the picture. It’s almost impossible to play a superhero anyway. You can’t. You just have to play a character that happens to do these amazing things. That’s the only way you can do it. And the costumes all take care of themselves, but it was a little more – I’ll have to wait and see. I hate to comment on something that I haven’t seen and I’m very supportive of Gal Gadot. I’m very supportive of them doing Wonder Woman, putting her in any capacity. I think she needs to be out there. … It’s high time somebody took a chance and did it and so I’m really happy about that.
“Skin Wars” airs Wednesday night at 9 PM on GSN.
— Jolie Lash
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