Transcript for 'China Beach' Cast Reunites for First Time After 25 Years
all that weather was brought to you by the capital venture card. Are you ready for account china beach "? It xwaif viewers a look at the vietnam war from the perspective of nurses and doctors on the front line. The cast got together for the first time since the series at the paley center. Here's rachel smith. ♪ Reporter: China beach was a favorite of critics and fans alike during its four-season run on abc, starting in 1988. Known for its unique and dramatic portrayal of the vietnam war. ♪ like the classic tv show "m.A.S.H." And the korean war, "china beach" brought home nam. Hi, I'm good, how are you? Reporter: The first tv sitdown since the series. The ensemble. Colleen? Including dana delany and marg helgenberger. Was it always this much fun? Looking far more glamorous than their characters did. Nicely done. Reporter: It doesn't seem like it's been that long. Over two decades, you know? When you say it like that, it's intimidating. It doesn't seem like that much time has gone by. Reporter: Being together brought back great memories. Lunches were legendary. Yeah. Reporter: Lunches? How so? People would come from the studio, everybody just to show up for lunches. It was the funniest group you have ever been around the. Not buz the food was good. I think I ate twice. Reporter: We were all wearing swimsuits. You're in 3:00 in the morning in indian dunes. It's cold. It's 14 degrees. Trying to simulate the tropical weather. ♪ Reflections of the way life used to be ♪ for me, at least, the first acting job where I felt a responsibility. We felt like we were on a mission. She said to me -- I'm hoping it is because I admitted to him that I was terrified. It was my first job. I was 23 years old. I didn't have a clue about what I was getting into. We had a boot camp at the beginning of every season. We would meet with the real vets. Nurses, the doughnut dollies. We were in shock and overwhelmed. Over the course of the show, we talked to over 500 veterans. And, they were crucial to the authenticity we were trying for. The reality. Reporter: Vietnam was reality for one cast member, troy evans. I'm really looking forward to learning -- over there. Reporter: He served in the 25th infantry drigs. This was not another gig for you. I, like a lot of vets, I just buried it. I thought I had forgotten it. For me, "china beach" was my therapy. Reporter: How do you feel like the show was before its time? It's focused on the women of vietnam. That was revolutionary. The wonderful idea of the complexities of these women that were there going through all of the same things as the men. Not on the field of battle, per se, but cleaning up after it. Reporter: Actress turned talk show host ricki lake joined the cast in the third season. What was it like? It was daunting. I came from "hairspray." I mean that in the nicest way. It was like camp. I was star struck with these talented actors. I'm still star struck by dana. Reporter: What was the proudest moment you recall that the show achieved on or off screen? That it will never be forgotten. A woman, two weeks ago, just said, oh, my god, you're on china beach and I kept thinking, yes, I was. Yes, I was. Reporter: What's coming back to you right now? I'm always so loathe to talk about because, again -- troy was there. We were not in vietnam. And I just feel like I'm an actor. But I just feel so honored that we got to tell some stories that you know the people who couldn't talk. I'm just proud to have been a part of it. Reporter: For "good morning america," rachel smith, abc news, los angeles. A little emotion for dana delany. "China beach" complete season one comes out tomorrow. Coming up here, the long island
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