'Dynasty' star Linda Evans breaks silence on shocking footage of DUI arrest

"Dynasty" actress Linda Evans is breaking her silence on the shocking dash cam footage that went viral of her 2014 DUI arrest.

The police report of the May 2014 incident alleged that Evans, then 71, had been driving erratically on her way to a doctor's appointment in Washington state and the arresting officer had her take a field sobriety test that she failed.

SEE ALSO: 'Dynasty' star Linda Evans arrested for DUI back in 2014

Looking back on the moment, the now-74-year-old, who became a household name when she played Krystle Carrington on "Dynasty," told People that she was "surprised" by what she saw in the leaked clip.

"When I saw the footage, I was surprised because I don't remember myself that way," she explained. "That's not the way I perceive myself. To see it, it was disturbing. I saw the pain in my eyes. It just took me right back to the moment."

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(Original Caption) Linda Evans as Krystle Grant Jennings Carrington and John Forsythe as Blake Carrington in ABC Television Network's explosive serialized drama Dynasty.
(Original Caption) : Actress Linda Evans is shown seated on a basket turned sideways, wearing a jean top and jeans, both with patches. On the floor can be seen hay and a straw hat and hay, and she chews on a piece of hay. Undated. (Photo by LGI Stock/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Group shot of the cast of the ABC Western, The Big Valley. From top right (clockwise): Lee Majors, Linda Evans, Barbara Stanwyck, Richard Long, and Peter Breck.
May 1968: Married American actors John Derek and Linda Evans sit together in close proximity during an Emmy Awards ceremony. Evans wears her long blonde hair in a bouffant at the back. (Photo by Frank Edwards/Fotos International/Getty Images)
23rd October 1968: American film director and actor John Derek and his wife, American actor Linda Evans, walk together at the Daisy Club anniversary party. Derek holds a cigarette as Evans holds his arm. (Photo by Frank Edwards/Fotos International/Getty Images)
Dani Janssen and Linda Evans during Funeral Service for David Janssen at Hillside Memorial Park in Hillside, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
DYNASTY - 'The Honeymoon' - Airdate January 19, 1981. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) LINDA EVANS
DYNASTY - 'The Honeymoon' - Airdate January 19, 1981. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) LINDA EVANS
DYNASTY - 'Fallon's Wedding' - Airdate February 2, 1981. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) LINDA EVANS;JOHN FORSYTHE
UNITED STATES - APRIL 05: ABC SPECIAL - 'Battle of the Network Stars' - 4/5/81, Linda Evans on the ABC Television Network competition 'Battle of the Network Stars'., (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
Linda Evans and George Santo Pietro during Fashion Lifestyle Awards - April 8, 1981 at US Cowboy Restaurant in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 04: DYNASTY - gallery - Season Two - 11/4/81, Linda Evans (Krystle), (Photo by Bob D'Amico/ABC via Getty Images)
DYNASTY - 'The Verdict' - Airdate November 11, 1981. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) PAMELA SUE MARTIN;LINDA EVANS
Actresses Barbara Bel Geddes (left) and Linda Evans holding their awards at the Golden Globe Awards, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, January 1982. (Photo by Frank Edwards/Fotos International/Archive Photos/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - MAY 6: Actress Linda Evans takes a break from filming the CBS Miniseries 'Bare Essence' on May 6, 1982 at the Tavern on the Green in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 31: DYNASTY - 8/31/82 John Forsythe, Linda Evans (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - CIRCA 1983: Linda Evans (R) and Weight Watchers founder, Jean Nidetch circa 1983 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Platzer/IMAGES/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 19: Actress Linda Evans and boyfriend restaurateur George Santo Pietro attend Michael Chow's Chinese New Year's Party on February 19, 1983 at Mr. Chow's in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Linda Evans during Linda Evans Sighting at Spago Restaurant in Hollywood - July 13, 1983 at Spago Restaurant in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Linda Evans during 35th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 8: Philanthropist Barbara Davis and actress Linda Evans attend the Sixth Annual Carousel Ball to Benefit the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes on October 8, 1983 at Currigan Hall in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 28: Actor Richard Chamberlain and actress Linda Evans attend the 41st Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 28, 1984 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 1: Actor Richard Chamberlain and actress Linda Evans attend the 12th Annual American Film Institute (AFI) Lifetime Achievement Award Salute to Lillian Gish on March 1, 1984 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - MARCH 15: Actress Linda Evans attends the 10th Annual People's Choice Awards on March 15, 1984 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - NOVEMBER 15: Actress Linda Evans and boyfriend restaurateur George Santo Pietro attend Private Party Hosted by Bloomingdale's Chairman Marvin Traub on November 15, 1984 at Le Club in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Linda Evans and George Santo Pietro during 1984 Carousel of Hope Ball at Currigan Hall in Denver, Colorado, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
DYNASTY - 'Photo Gallery' which aired on December 28, 1984. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) JOHN FORSYTHE;LINDA EVANS;ROCK HUDSON
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 25: Actress Linda Evans and actor John Forsythe attend the 'Dynasty' Cast & Crew Party on October 25, 1985 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 17: Actress Linda Evans attends the Hollywood Press Club's Life Achievement Awards Dinner on January 17, 1986 at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Linda Evans (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 24: Actress Linda Evans and boyfriend Richard Cohen attend the 43rd Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 24, 1986 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - MARCH 11: Actress Linda Evans attends the 12th Annual People's Choice Awards on March 11, 1986 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
HANCOCK PARK, CA - SEPTEMBER 14: Actress Linda Evans attends the 12th Annual Fundraiser Brunch for the Rape Treatment Center of Santa Monica Hospital on September 14, 1986 at Barney Rosenzweig and Barbara Corday's home in Hancock Park, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Linda Evans (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Linda Evans during 16th Annual Shelby Awards - December 4th, 1986 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
DYNASTY - Blake/Krystal/Kristina Gallery March 1, 1987. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) LINDA EVANS;JOHN FORSYTHE
DYNASTY - 'The Rig' - Airdate January 7, 1987. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) LINDA EVANS
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 5: Actress Linda Evans and boyfriend Richard Cohen attend the 'Dynasty' Season Seven Wrap-Up Party on April 5, 1987 at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
DYNASTY - 'Shadow Play' - Airdate May 6, 1987. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) BO HOPKINS;LINDA EVANS
CENTURY CITY, CA - MAY 6: Actress Linda Evans attends the Third Annual American Cinematheque Award Salute to Robin Williams on May 6, 1988 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOO, CA - MAY 2: Actress Linda Evans and actor Richard Cohen attend the Party to Celebrate Jackie Collins' New Book 'Rock Star' on May 2, 1988 at Tramps in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
INDIAN WELLS, CA - MARCH 5: Actress Linda Evans and boyfriend Richard Cohen attend the 13th Annual Indian Wells Masters Tennis Tournament - Newsweek Champions Cup on March 5, 1988 at the Hyatt Grand Champions Resort in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 17: Actress Linda Evans attends the American Friends of the Hebrew University's 18th Annual Scopus Award Salute to Jane & Jerry Weintraub on January 17, 1988 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Yanni and Linda Evans during 1989 U.S. Open Celebrity Sightings - September 9, 1989 at Flushing Meadow in Queens, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 7: Actor John Forsythe and actress Linda Evans attend the Reebok's Cocktail Reception to Kick-Off the Monte Carlo Royal Tennis Grand Prix on December 7, 1989 at Jimmy's Restaurant in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - SEPTEMBER 10: Actress Linda Evans and athlete Martina Navratilova attend Herman Geist Apparel Corp. Introduces Martina Navratilova's New Women's Sportswear Collection 'MN' on September 10, 1990 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Linda Evans during National Eye Exam Month Celebrates Celebrity Eye Exam at Sears Optical Store in Santa Monica, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Linda Evans during 1991 ABC Summer Tour at Universal Hilton in Universal City, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Linda Evans and fashion designer Nolan Miller attend the wrap party for Dynasty on April 8, 1984 at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
5/13/99 Beverly Hills, CA. Former 'Dynasty' star, Linda Evans at the Four Seasons Hotel to promote Ostivone, a dietary supplement for women to prevent and treat osteoporosis. Photo by David Keeler/Online USA, Inc.
Linda Evans (Photo by J. Vespa/WireImage)
Linda Evans during The 30th Annual People's Choice Awards - Arrivals at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Linda Evans during British Soap Awards 2006 - Press Room at BBC Television Centre in London, Great Britain. (Photo by Tim Whitby/WireImage)
Linda Evans of 'Dynasty' attends the Chiller Theatre Expo at the Hilton Parsippany Hotel on October 24, 2008 in Parsippany, New Jersey.
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 13: Linda Evans promotes her new book 'Recipes for Life' at Barnes & Noble, 86th & Lexington on October 13, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 16: Actress Linda Evans attends the Pioneers of Television photocall at the 92nd Street Y on January 16, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: Actress Linda Evans attends the Heart Truth's Red Dress Collection 2012 Fashion Show at Hammerstein Ballroom on February 8, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Heart Truth)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 20: Actress Linda Evans signs copies of her new book 'Recipes For Life' at Barnes & Noble bookstore at The Grove on October 20, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Beck Starr/FilmMagic)
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Still, Evans contended that the incident was the result of taking "unknown pills" that morning to treat a dislocated disc in her back. The actress said she has chronic back pain that has now been healed.

The actress admitted that she "should have stayed home" that day because she was "so weak from back pain." Regardless, it was a "pivotal" moment for her and opened her eyes to her own behavior.

Not only that, but the coverage of the leaked footage earlier this month was also another important reminder of where she once was.

"When I saw the brutal coverage in the pop news story, it actually showed me how far I've come," she explained to People. "It's easy to love ourselves when we look beautiful and feel perfect. But when we feel vulnerable to our own criticism, and other people's criticism, these moments define us. This opportunity helped me learn to stand by myself, in my journey of recovery. And now I feel liberated from my own critical mind. Life can be messy, and a little compassion for ourselves is what self-love is about."

Evans has since left Hollywood behind her and, though she has fond memories of her time on the ABC hit ("What a ride 'Dynasty' was!"), she says she's happy with her quieter life.

"I don't miss it at all," she said.

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