*The names are new and the races different, but the concept behind ABC’s reboot of the 70s series “Charlie’s Angels” remains the same – three bombshell detectives solve crimes for a private investigation agency and are given their assignments from boss Charlie via speakerphone.
Premiere on Sept. 22 – the 35th anniversary of the original show’s debut – the 2011 Angels lineup includes Minka Kelly, Rachel Taylor and Annie Ilonzeh in the lead roles, and Ramon Rodriguez as Charlie’s liason, Bosley (who is now operating as a fourth angel as well).
Producers made a point to make the new “Charlie’s Angels” cast more diverse, with Bosley’s character now of Latin descent and Ilonzeh the first African American in the franchise’s TV and film history to play one of the three detectives.
“I play Kate Prince and she is a former detective turned dirty,” Ilonzeh, a former “General Hospital” regular, tells EUR in a roundtable for the series. “She got caught in drug type heist by her former colleagues and Charlie has now given her a second chance. Some of her skill sets are – she’s a mixed martial artist, she’s super-athletic, she’s a tomboy and that’s all like me.”
In the bonus audio below, the Grapevine, Texas native talks about leaving her cushy daytime TV gig as an intern on ABC’s “General Hospital” for the uncertainty of a new prime time series, and if she has any thoughts about the way her character Maya Ward was written off the show.