Cheryl Ladd on life after Charlie’s Angels and faith-based film, The Perfect Wave.
Since her big break in the 1970s as Kris Munroe in the cult TV show, Charlie’s Angels, Cheryl Ladd has steadily become a pop icon and thoroughly enjoyed a well-rounded career in both television and film. Ladd has gone on to star in numerous well-known shows and movies such as Ironside (1973), When She Was Bad (1979), Millennium (1989), Poison Ivy (1992), Charmed (2003), NCIS (2011), Love’s Everlasting Courage (2011) and Chuck (2012), and that’s just naming a few. “I think I was always destined for this type of life,” Cheryl admits. “I was constantly performing as a child. From the time I was very small, I was all about the acting, singing and dancing. I would see things on television, and I would re-enact it. Whatever it was I saw, I would play with that.”
The Perfect Wave
Throughout the years, the South Dakota native has made (and starred in) several movies of her own and has recently landed a major role in the faith-based film The Perfect Wave, alongside fellow actors Scott Eastwood, Rachel Hendrix, Diana Vickers and Patrick Lyster.
Based on the true story of Ian McCormack’s life as a young carefree surfer searching for the perfect wave, The Perfect Wave is a story about faith, hope, redemption and the incredible strength of a mother’s love for her son. But during his quest to find the perfect wave Ian forsakes it all for a new passion – to win back the girl that he loves by chasing her all the way to Mauritius. On one particular night, heartbroken and feeling lost, Ian decides to join some of his friends on a night dive in the dark, sinister waters of the Caribbean island.
Alone and in the open, Ian is repeatedly stung by five poisonous box jellyfish. He is rushed to the hospital, pronounced dead soon after and wheeled away to the morgue. But, that is not quite the end of the story. Ian is unexpectedly taken to the afterlife and given the option to stay in paradise or go back to earth. Fifteen minutes later, after being declared officially dead, Ian inhales his first breath.
“Having met Ian McCormack, I had him tell me the story. Sitting on a couch, one on one, I was…” Cheryl pauses for a few contemplative seconds. “There’s nothing like Ian telling his story himself; it’s astonishing. I was just so moved and so wanted to play his mother. To play that praying mother, and the woman that so trusted God to take care of her and her family; who really had this personal relationship with God – I wanted to play her.”
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