Three and a half decades have passed since Charlie’s Angels‘ final episode, but the impact of the show lives on.
Speaking to PEOPLE Now while promoting her upcoming film Unforgettable, Cheryl Ladd — who played Kris Munroe for most of the iconic show’s run — opened up about the amazing fan mail she still receives to this day.
“We forget that at that time, acceptable jobs for women were teachers, nurses, secretaries,” said Ladd, 65. “I mean, there was still a lot of that going on and Charlie’s Angels kind of blew that all up. There were a lot of young women going: ‘Yeah, I’m going to be a police officer! Yeah, I’m going to be an EMT! Yeah, I’m going to be a firefighter!’ That kind of inspiration — I get letters all the time from women police officers and detectives.”
According to Ladd, the series paved the way for a new direction for women.
“[It helped society] see women in a new [light]: feminine, but very powerful,” said Ladd.
Looking back now, the actress said she can hardly believe how young she was at the time.
“When you think that I was 25 when I did the first episodes, soon to turn 26,” recalled Ladd. “I had a 2-year-old daughter, I was in my 20s and the world just exploded around me!”
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As for how she stayed grounded while part of such an explosive hit show?
“I think I was so busy that I really didn’t deal with how famous it was,” admitted Ladd. “And it was a different time then. Celebrities were not quite as accessible, nor were they chased and tracked down. I would ask photographers at that time not to take pictures of my daughter when she was little, and they wouldn’t — they were respectful.”
“I [would tell them]: ‘I chose this for myself. She didn’t choose the spotlight, so please don’t take her picture,’ ” she added. “And they said: ‘Oh, of course we won’t.’ And, you know, that doesn’t happen today, sadly.”
Unforgettable hits theaters next April 21.