Charisma Carpenter is best known for her role as Cordelia Chase on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and its spinoff, "Angel." But the actress has endured her own real-life drama.
In 1991, a then 22-year-old Carpenter and two friends were swimming at San Diego's Torrey Pines State Beach when they were violently attacked by an armed, rogue police officer. Her two friends were both shot by the attacker and seriously wounded. The police officer was later sentenced to 56 years in prison for the attacks in addition to a series of rapes and robberies.
Now, the actress is hosting a new series for Investigation Discovery. "Surviving Evil," which premieres on Aug. 28, features the stories of victims who fought back against their attackers and, against all odds, survived.
The circumstances around today were considerably happier, as Carpenter introduced the show at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills and shared her story with us backstage. And while she's talked about the attack before, this raises the level of exposure to a new level.
Take a look at this video of Carpenter at the TCA press tour:
"It feels pretty incredible to tell my story to a live audience, to the world, and it be syndicated out there for all the world to see," Carpenter told Yahoo! TV. "It's an inspiring story for people to watch."
And that's not all Carpenter shared with us. She also took over our Instagram account, taking snapshots of getting powdered before meeting the press, doing TV interviews, and even showing off the lion head she had tattooed on her left foot as a symbol of her own survival. "[It] gives me strength to survive," Carpenter said of the tat.
In case you didn't catch Carpenter's Instagram takeover as it was happening, we've assembled her snapshots for this exclusive photo slideshow. Check it out and be sure to follow Yahoo! TV on Instagram!
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