Meet the New “Charlie’s Angels”: Rachael Taylor, Minka Kelly and Annie Ilonzeh
HollywoodNews.com: ABC introduced the new Charlie’s Angels to the Television Critics Association today. Rachael Taylor, Minka Kelly and Annie Ilonzeh play the new trio who’ll be solving mysteries each week, following in the footsteps of the ‘70s series and blockbuster movies. Here’s your dossier on your three new Angels.
Abby was a rich girl who became a thief before Charlie recruited her. Taylor avoided previous incarnations of Charlie’s Angels to make Abby her own. “I haven’t seen the original show but I did that for a reason,” Taylor said. “It’s important to respect the incredible legacy of Charlie’s Angels. It’s quite an iconic label. I take that with gratitude and I take the passing of the baton quite seriously. For actors, it’s always important to do something fresh. It’s important to do an incarnation of Charlie’s Angles that’s appropriate and befitting of this time. I didn’t want to get in the pattern of trying to repeat anything tonally.”
Fans may know Charlie’s Angels to be full of action and sexy girls, but the main tradition they kept is the friendship between the three girls, and Bosley (Ramon Rodriguez). “That’s the most important thing I think about the show and what I’m most proud of,” Taylor said. “I love the action stuff and certainly it’s high octane and exciting. The viewers will be satisfied on all those levels but there is a genuine chemistry and warmth between the four of us. You can’t fake that. It bleeds onto the screen. That’s why we’re part of something special. We like each other.”
Eve is the newest Angel. An orphan, Eve grew up a loner and has her own skills to bring to the trio. “I think I have a lot in common with her,” Kelly said. “I am an only child and was raised by a single mother. We moved around a lot. I also understand what it is to create your own family. I’m attracted to that aspect of the show, making these girls and Bosley my family. I think there’s a lot of guys and girls who have that in common with Eve. It’s one of the many things I find to be very relatable to people and why it will be really enjoyable to watch, along with the eye candy and it all being so beautiful to watch, there’s a lot of depth and emotion as well.”
Being an independent woman has made Kelly a powerful actress too. “I think it’s made me very adaptable,” Kelly said. “I’m very proud of the fact that I think you could put me in any room and I think I would be okay. I think I’ve lived a lot more than maybe people my age have and seen a lot more. Hopefully that will help bring a lot of depth to this character and give her a lot of layers, and a little glint.”
Kate was a former marine who got court marshaled. That’s when Charlie found her. Ilonzeh was a big Charlie’s Angels fan. “I watched the originals a lot and the movies as well,” Ilonzeh said. “I think just the biggest commonality that we have is the fact that there’s so much camaraderie and family. We’re a huge family and there’s four angels which is slightly different. Bosley is considered another angel but the biggest similarity in the original and movies is there’s a huge family base relationship that we all share. That’s what’s going to make it relatable to our viewers and our audience.”
Ilonzeh gave up her role on General Hospital to join Charlie’s Angels. “I’m super grateful for being able to be a part of General Hospital, but when this came around, it hit me,” Ilonzeh said. “It hit my soul. When I read Kate, I just felt like I knew her. I just felt like she was me. There wasn’t too much of a thought process. I had said I want to do something action based. I always wanted to do something high octane, rolling around, being a tomboy but empowering myself as a woman. Having physical and mental toughness and show what women, young girls and men, everyone, this was a perfect role for me.”
Charlie’s Angels premieres this fall on ABC.
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