Drew Barrymore as Dylan Sanders
|First appearance||Charlie's Angels (2000)|
|Last appearance||Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003)|
|Portrayed by||Drew Barrymore|
Dylan Sanders is a fictional private investigator portrayed by Drew Barrymore in the films Charlie's Angels and Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. Although this is not verified, she is the only Angel to have seen Charlie's face, as she is the only one of the three to spot Charlie on the beach at the end of the first film.
Dylan Sanders is an auburn-haired, green-eyed woman and during her childhood years she was fearless and street-smart. She lost her mother at the age of 6 and has never met her father. Dylan's teenage years were rebellious and she graduated with non-optimal grades (that is, if she graduated at all or simply dropped out). After school, she followed in the footsteps of Jack Kerouac and gained life experience whilst continuing on as a drifter. Dylan at age 23 in 1998 became an officer at the Memphis County Police Department under the leadership of a constantly verbally abusive Commanding Sheriff. She lasted three months as an officer before on a daily line-up, striking the Commanding Sheriff across the face and then exiting the building leaving her badge and essentials behind. Since then, Dylan has whiled away her days doing odd jobs: monster truck rally driver, female wrestler, bartender, yoga instructor, field guide, rodeo entertainer, just to name a few. Dylan has keen eye for the "bad boy" persona and has had a string of boyfriends, all of whom have influenced her life negatively.
In Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle it has been described that Dylan "always finds the good in people". We learned in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle that she is a part of the Witness Protection Program after witnessing a murder committed by her ex-boyfriend, who was a member of the O'Grady Mob. Her birth name was Helen Zaas before she testified against him, a name in which she has been made fun of (ex. "Is that, uh, Ass-tralian?"; "Did you by chance drive an Ass-tin Martin?" "We should get this to the lab to have it anal-ized." "I don't care about Helen's ass, I care about yours.", etc.).
Her bohemian L.A. pad is complete with lava lamps, incense burners, and a less-than-tidy walk-in closet on Melrose Avenue. She drives an orange-and-white 1969 Camaro convertible, license plate number 716-EKL. WORDS TO LIVE BY: “Don’t let your past hold you back.”
Dylan Sanders, the most rebellious Angel, was dressed in flowery vintage clothing. This style was what Drew would wear normally in her daily life and the film designer just wanted to bring her out with this style more. In the first scene of the movie she had on a red long top with a designed belt over the waist line. She was purposely put in red in this scene to let the audience know to pay attention to her and had the all Mongolian extras wear or everyone else wear the same old brown clothing. Addition to that she had on some tight pant that is half way covered with a high platform Eskimo shoe. And on top of those she is wearing a Mao cap, a cap that was named after a communist Chinese leader Mao Tse-Tung. The Mao cap caught John Lennon's and Bob Dylan's eyes and made it an anti-war fashion icon in the 1960s.
Covers and techniques
Dylan is extremely proficient in kung fu and several other martial arts, as are fellow Angels Natalie and Alex. She is a master in disguise and she never uses guns. She is also, in the words of her fellow agent, Alex Munday a scrabble freak and is good at finding hidden meanings within words.