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Lucy Lawless - Warrior Women
Contributed by Ann
Interview with Lucy Lawless
HER ON-SCREEN PERSONA IS SO etched into the collective psyche of television viewers that it is hard to imagine Lucy Lawless as anything other than Xena, the sword-wielding,
butt-kicking, ululating, leather clad Amazonian of mythical proportions. And it is probably safe to assume that because of this, Lucy was the first and only person that came to mind as the perfect host of the
Discovery Channel documentary Warrior Women. Basically, the producers felt that the show — which details the exploits of Queen Budica, Wang Cong'er, Irish pirate princess Grace O'Malley, apache warrior Lozen and
Joan Of Arc — needed a living, breathing
Lawless however, and thankfully, is not like most actresses. For her, hosting the documentary was a huge compliment and an opportunity not to be passed up.
"The series is about five amazing women who were largely written out of history because they were women." explains Lawless. "So for me, it felt like was able to play a part in redressing that balance a little. I knew it was one gig I would kick myself for turning down. It proved to be a great experience and I'm glad I did it.-
Calling from Los Angeles where she is currently based, Lawless chats candidly about Warrior Women. being Xena and moving on.
Having seen the publicity shots of you In Warrior Women, I must confess that It took a while to get used to seeing you as anyone but Xena. So, are the photos a glimpse of
the real person behind Xena?
The consolation though Is that In at least one shot, you're wielding a sword!
Yes, that's true. I actually do own a few swords. I'm not a nut for them. But they appeared to come with the end of the show. I don't have a number of them, just four.
In order to shoot this series you had to travel the globe. That Itself must have been quite an event. What would you consider your most memorable experience making this series?
What can I say, I'm cursed with a strong image but it is not something you should grumble about. People whinge and moan about that sort of thing but it they should be so lucky to have that problem. If you have some recognition, it puts you in a far better position than if you had no recognition at all. I don't feel limited by it. I can't afford to think that way. You've just got to go through life and be courageous. If you believe otherwise, then it just becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe I can overcome the image. If not, I'll have to die trying.
So would you say you've put Xena behind you?
Are you kidding? I can't even get her out of my kitchen! I have Xena bubbleheads sitting on top of my fridge and just everywhere. She just doesn't seem to die. We hacked her head
off in the end but she's still around. Truthfully, I am fine with that. Xena was very good to me and she was really fun to play.
What do you feel It was about Xena that captured the Imagination of so many people?
Warrior Women Is a five-part series that uncovers the truth behind history's most charismatic females in a heady mix of historical sleuthing and provocative reconstruction. Shot on location in France, Ireland, Great Britain, China and the United States, Warrior Women promises to bring viewers history with attitude. Warrior Women airs from 3 to 7 May from 10 P.M. to 11 P.M. (Sln/HK time). There will be repeats the next day at 6 A.M. and 2 P.M.
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