LL Cool J says being cast in the action film Charlie's Angels got him through a "tough moment" in his life and put his acting career on a new track.
Speaking at a gala Tuesday benefiting the Women's Guild of Cedars-Sinai hospital, the rapper and NCIS: Los Angeles star explained the importance of his cameo in 2000 in Charlie Angeles, which was made possible by the evening's honoree, Hollywood producer Leonard Goldberg.
"Leonard, we have our own personal history, because he actually put me in the film Charlie's Angels
and gave me a cameo in that film," LL said. "And that really changed a lot for me
in my film career and in my acting career -- it was a pivotal moment. He
put me in that, and I didn't forget."
He added: "Charlie's Angels
definitely helped me through a few tough moments in life."
The Women's Guild Cedars-Sinai -- which has been supporting the hospital's patient care, medical programs, equipment, research, and education for more than half a century -- presented Goldberg and his wife Wendy with its first Hollywood Icon Award. LL said he was pleased to host the event as a way of giving back.
Watch the video to hear Goldberg's reaction to receiving the award and to find out why singer-songwriter Stevie Nicks decided to perform at the gala.