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Interview: Lynda Carter Judges Body Art on GSN's "Skin Wars"

No matter what happens in the superhero world, Lynda Carter will always be the best Wonder Woman. It’s hard to believe, though, that nearly 40 years have passed since the actress first deflected bullets with her bracelets.

“Sometimes you forget, or at least I do. I have been talking about Wonder Woman for so many years; it’s always been a part of my life,” Carter explained when reached by phone for an exclusive interview. “Then, recently, with the new things coming out, there’s a resurgence of all things Wonder Woman. I caught a couple of clips from a few episodes and--Oh my God!--I was my daughter’s age. It was a long time ago.”

On August 27, Carter will appear as a guest judge on “Skin Wars,” the GSN original series featuring the art of body painting. Artists use their skills to paint living models, and the results are judged by a panel that includes RuPaul.

“It is astonishing; it’s a great show,” Carter enthused. “It’s the same [feeling] when I read good writing. Someone had a blank page and they started with one keystroke. And [body painting] is the same thing. Here you have a three-dimensional, moving, breathing person in front of you and your imagination. Where do you go with that? What do you do with that?”

Some of the contestant’s personalities, she continued, were dark. Some were fanciful, and some were just inspirational.

“Some were just astonishing, the work that they do,” she said. “And they were all really, really good. Who the clear winner was, it will be obvious when you see it. I don’t know how any of these people make a living at it, but it would sure be nice if they could.”

Carter called her guest stint a great gig, and she got hang out with her friend RuPaul.

“It’s hard to see anyone disappointed. That’s hard when it’s a talent show. It’s really about talent and somebody is a loser. That’s not very fun,” she explained. “Ru was really good in helping me have a thicker skin. He’s a fabulous person and a great artist.”

An accomplished performer, Carter finished her musical tour a few weeks ago, but she is back in the studio putting some original music down.

“In October, I’m in Jazz at Lincoln Center; October 31 for a night. We’ll start preparing a new show at the beginning of the year. I do a new show every year,” she said.

Check out Lynda Carter, RuPaul, and the body painting on Skin Wars on August 27 at 9 p.m. on GSN

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