Linda Evans reminisces about her ''Dynasty'' days. The woman best known as Krystle Jennings Carrington discusses everything from catfights to crying sessions
Linda Evans, aka Krystle Jennings Carrington, was just as confused as we were upon learning Dynasty Reunion: Catfights and Caviar (May 2, 10 p.m.) would air on CBS, not ABC where the drama aired from 1981-89 (turns out the eye had dibs on the one-hour special since its parent Viacom owns Aaron Spelling’s shows). But the minute Evans returned to the California mansion that doubled as the Carrington estate, she immediately felt like she was home. ”I walked into the hall where Blake and Crystal first got married and just got teary-eyed,” recalled Evans. ”What a pecular thing!”
In preparation for the special — which also features appearances by Joan Collins (Alexis Colby), John Forsythe (John Carrington), Pamela Sue Martin (Fallon Colby), Catherine Oxenberg (Amanda Carrington) and Gordon Thomson (Adam Carrington), we asked Evans to reminisce about her time on Dynasty, which peaked in its fifth season when it averaged a whopping 25.0 rating/37 share in homes (pretty amazing, since today’s most popular show — American Idol — only pulls in a 27 share).
When did you shoot the special?
Only three weeks ago. We spent one day at the Filoli Mansion and it was long. It’s such a beautiful place. We have not been there since we shot the pilot so a lot of memories flooded back. I walked in the hall where Blake and Krystle first got married and just got tears! I thought, what’s the matter with me? Get a grip! One of my most poignant scenes there was with Steven (Al Corley) in the pilot when he came and saved me from the wedding planner from hell, who was trying to make me feel like an outsider.
In terms of a job, what was it like working on the drama?
There were so many cast members, so you couldn’t be in everything. Basically there were two camps, the Carrington camp and the Colby camp. John and I loved working in the morning and Joan always took over in the afternoon. It’s a really great way to do a series.
Did you ever disagree with the writers?
Everyone had an opinion about their character. After a few years, John and I decided that we did not want our characters to be unfaithful to each other, so that became a big deal because it took a lot of the drama out of what they could do with us. But we felt like someone in the show should have some integrity and values and represent to the world that you could love someone and als be faithful to them.
Where there ever any ugly contract negotiations on Dynasty?
I only remember one year when we started to work and Joan wasn’t there because she was renegotiating. So there was kind of a pause with her character.
What makes this drama so memorable?
We were the first show that said we were wealthy and really showed it. They spent a fortune on sets, on every fine detail. In the first few years, the jewelry we wore was real. We had bodyguards following us around, even when we went to the ladies room. The clothes budget was over the top and I don’t think any show since has topped it. It was every woman’s fantasty to have Nolan Miller design something new for you, or to have someone go out for you and say ‘buy this Valentino or that Escada or that Armani.’ We felt so rich when we got dressed!
What are you always asked the most about your nine seasons on Dynasty?
Was John as wonderful as he appeared and was Joan as evil and difficult and naughty as she appeared. John was a dream, and Joan was a helluva lot of fun. People didn’t realize she had a great sense of humor. Whenever we came together, we knew it was going to be for a fight, either verbal or physical, because we had nothing to say to each other. So we always laughed because it was so funny. And we were thrilled to have these parts. I mean my god, how wonderful was it that I was in my 40s and Joan was at whatever age and we got to do this, to be glamorous and to have everything that came with it.