Angel ready for a resurrection
JACLYN Smith would happily wriggle back into her flares if US executives decided to resurrect Charlie’s Angels.
Smith — along with co-stars Farrah Fawcett and Kate Jackson — became household names in the late 1970s starring as a glamorous team of detectives led by a mystery man known as Charlie on a speaker phone.
Smith was the only one of the trio to remain with the Aaron Spelling series throughout its fiveyear run. She also had a cameo in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, the 2003 film based on the series starring Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu.
With the news that another popular Spelling series, Beverly Hills 90210, is being resurrected with former stars Jennie Garth, Shannen Doherty and Tori Spelling rumoured to be back on board, Smith says she’s open to the idea of reprising her role as Kelly Garrett on a revamped Charlie’s Angels.
‘‘You never know. If the script was right — there would have to be changes for it to work today — and the right people were involved then I would be interested,’’ she says.
Smith is now hosting Shear Genius, a reality hairdressing series created by the makers of Project Runway and Top Chef.
After decades spent acting, Smith says she is enjoying the new challenge of presenting.
‘‘I have been a huge fan of Project Runway and I was approached to do it ( Shear Genius) after the producers saw me at the Emmys,’’ she says.
‘‘I was a bit nervous about it. It’s a new challenge and I have never been comfortable with criticism.’’
Every week the contestants are given a different style challenge— Shear Genius, PG Arena, Friday, 9.30pm Hairdressing reality Duration: 1 hour including one based on the iconic haircuts of Charlie’s Angels.
Smith says she has remained close to all her former co-stars from Charlie’s Angels and is even planning to star in a telemovie with Cheryl Ladd, who replaced Fawcett when she left the series in 1977.
Fawcett, perhaps the most famous of all the Angels, has been battling cancer.
‘‘She’s been very courageous. She’s having treatment and there’s been no complaints about it,’’ Smith says.
‘‘We’re all really close. I was there (on the show) for five years, Kate was there three and Farrah one. I’m also in touch with Cheryl.
‘‘We’re all a part of each other’s history. We were part of a lifealtering thing together.’’
SMITH says the enduring popularity of Charlie’s Angels has been a mixed blessing.
Since the show ended in 1981, Smith says she has purposely played roles that distanced her from the glamorous part that made her a household name.
She was nominated for a Golden Globe for her portrayal of former first lady Jackie Kennedy and played Florence Nightingale in a movie of the same name in 1985.
Though Smith has found it difficult to shirk Charlie’s Angels, she is proud of her work on the series. ‘‘It was a challenge,’’ she says. ‘‘With other roles it’s all there on paper; with Charlie’s Angels you really had to work hard to make it believable, to give it depth.
‘‘It was a lot of fun.’’
Jaclyn Smith would consider a Charlie’s Angels