The Role That Made Lucy Lawless Feel Uncomfortable As Xena
Stuff.co.nz has an article about actors and how they felt unhappy with their roles. Lucy is also featured as she felt uncomfortable to be thrust in the role of a role model for her portrayal of Xena.
A lot of us hate our jobs, so it makes sense that a few actors have been left unhappy with the roles they've been cast to play. But hey, you gotta work…A few Kiwis have also spoken about how the roles they've been cast in have made them uncomfortable.
And on the other end of a scale, actors such as Lucy Lawless have talked about how uncomfortable they felt to suddenly be held up as positive or progressive icons.
To be a role model, all of a sudden, can be confronting. After the first season of Xena: Warrior Princess, Lawless shot to stardom. She was held up, by many, as a feminist icon and a sign of big changes in the entertainment industry.
"Xena was held up as a fat girl's Barbie at first and I was like 'You're just objectifying me'. I had never been described before in print and it horrified me to be reduced down to a few words," she said, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
"Now I see the value of it. At 25 and 26, I couldn't bear to be iconised, because it's so reductive."