Lucy Lawless, actor and activist | Photo courtesy of Jeff Vogeding

When an Alaska-bound oil rig docked in the New Zealand port of Taranaki, actor Lucy Lawless (a Kiwi herself) and six Greenpeace activists snuck aboard, climbed its 174-foot drilling tower, unfurled bright yellow banners that said "Stop Shell" and "#SaveTheArctic"—and wouldn't descend. Three days later, they were all arrested and charged with trespassing. Lawless might be best known for her past role as Xena the Warrior Princess, but her fight scenes are now about preserving the planet.

The questions asked are:

Q: What inspired your eco-activism?

Q: Tell us about the Save the Arctic campaign.

Q: Do you have an object that represents your environmental commitment?

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