|On why she took
part in the Greenpeace NZ protest on the Shell Drill Ship Noble
Discoverer on 24 February 2012:
"I am a true believer in
the fact that climate change, if it runs away on us is going to
bring down a terrible future on our children, and as a Mother
and as a human being I find it absolutely reprehensible and in
our lifetime I believe we have to clean this up, take care of
this burden so our children won't have to."
"Seven of us climbed up that drillship to stop Arctic
drilling, but 133,000 of us came down."
Lucy Tweet 27 February 2012- Source
Speaking to the Weekend Herald from the "uncomfortable" peak
of the ship's tower, Lawless said: "I'm a mother, I don't do
this stuff. But I feel I have to stand up and be counted and act
on behalf of my children and grandchildren.
To see the melting of the sea ice not as a warning to humanity
but as an invitation to drill for more of the stuff that caused
the problem in the first place is the definition of madness.
What Shell is doing is climate-change profiteering.
"I feel like I have been training for this all my life. We will
be here for as long as it takes."
"Despite the name, I married somebody with that name, despite
the name, I'm not prone to this kind of thing, this is my first
arrest action ever, but I feel as everybody else does here, that
what's going on in Alaska could really topple things. That their
environment is horribly under threat from an oil spill, but you
just can't clean it up at temperatures that low and in terms of
that remote. That whole food chain could be poisoned. They
still haven't been able to clean up Exon, so its unthinkable
what's going to happen there. Plus the tipping point for
climate change will happen within our lifetime if we don't get
on it, so its our duty as parents to safeguard our childrens'
future. It would be neglectful not to."
"I'm here today acting on behalf of the planet and my
children," said Lawless. "Deep-sea oil drilling is bad enough,
but venturing into the Arctic, one of the most magical places on
the planet, is going too far. I don't want my kids to grow up in
a world without these extraordinary places intact or where we
ruin the habitat of polar bears for the last drops of oil." She
continued, "To see the melting of the sea ice not as a warning
to humanity but as an invitation to drill for more of the stuff
that caused the problem in the first place is the definition of
madness. What Shell is doing is climate change-profiteering."
"Don't they want their kids to grow up in a world where polar
bears and the magical narwhal still exist? Unless we stand up
now, I fear our grandchildren will condemn us for our laziness,
our stupidity and our cruelty.We have the technology and the
know-how for a clean and viable future. Inevitably, we must
more to a clean energy economy. Let's do it while there is still
an Arctic left to save!"
"This chapter has ended, but the story of the battle to save
the Arctic has just begun."
"I can't wait to get home to my kids to tell them all about this
amazing journey, but I'm so glad I took part in this peaceful
action. We did what we came to do. Together we sent a clear
message that has been heard and echoed across the globe: there's
no place in this world for your reckless Arctic oil."
Her husband Rob Tapert
'Rob is the finest man I've ever known.'
'In addition to Daisy, who is experiencing all the joys and horrors of the early teen years, I have Julius Tapert, who's in the terrible twos. Then there's sweet little Judah Miro Tapert, my new baby. They're my
On Playing Xena:
'Xena doesn't rely on a man for help, and she doesn't come across as stupid. I loved playing her. It gave me a husband, a beautiful family and a home. It is probably the best role I will ever play in terms of
scope and range.'
Lucy loves Fishing:
'It's become a passion -and it's a sport I share with my husband. Rob loves the sea.'
On fans being nasty:
"I really hated the things they said about my beloved husband, who's one of the most wonderful, kindest men on the planet and the one who came up with the ideas that got them excited in the
On the benefits of Ren Pics had on the NZ filming industry
"I'm really proud of the kind of company those Pacific Renaissance producers set up. I do wish they had got more recognition. I got plenty of recognition for everything I've done, more than
enough. I got paid and I get all this underserved kudos. But I do mind that my husband never got the kind of credit that he should have. He employed 800 people sometimes - and for years and years and years."
On what she wants out of life:
"I would rather do two movies a year and raise my kids because that would be an interesting career. I don't know how financially lucrative that would be. But if the right thing doesn't pop then the decision is to
Does she consider herself funny?
Usually? I donít even consider myself usually. Soccer mom, thatís what I consider myself. Yeah, I think Iím a funny person. I started out in
comedy. You know I remember the moment I realized the value of comedy is when I was eight years old and I was sitting in class and I realized that if I just acted really stupid, I could get away with a lot of
stuff. And it would diffuse a lot of tension and the teachers would focus on you. I just found out the value of being a funny dunce at times.
On her cooking skills
Iím a terrible cook of all foods. I have no interest. Iím really good at cooking 20 minute meals that are
really nutritious, pretty darn tasty and only using one pot because I donít like cleaning up. My husbandís a chef and he makes unbelievable, ungodly mess and he doesnít like cleaning up either. You know when
you first get married, you strike some dumb deals where you go oh, Iíll cook and you clean, you go okay, that sounds fair and then you just regret it forever. Iíve renegged on that bet actually.
What does Lucy take seriously...
I donít take business seriously, I take acting seriously. I take my job really seriously, but a lot of the job is not
about acting, but I donít take business seriously.
Lucy's Pet Hates
Her 10-month pregnancy
'My due date was April 29 and Judah wasn't born until May 7. He weighed 8lb 8 oz - but those last few weeks were trying, really trying.'
'After Xena wrapped, I lost what would have been my second child with Robert. Looking back, I knew that something wasn't right. It wasn't the way I felt with other pregnancies -but it's a heartbreak when it
'I guess they're inevitable, but waiting out the results of the amniocentesis test was torture.'
'It's ghastly, quite awful. I was stranded in Los Angeles when terrorists struck New York's World Trade Center last year.'
Making another Xena-like commitment?
'Episodic TV. especially a one-hour drama, is not for me right now. I'm putting my family first.'
Being a Bond girl?
"It wouldn't suit me at all. I'd want to be James Bond.'
'I'm loath to believe in New Age mumbo jumbo.'
'It was my nickname at school. Unco stands for uncoordinated.'
'I'm naturally fair-haired. It was really brutal on my hair to dye it raven black for Xena.'
"I haven't failed yet, but I live in fear.'
Being considered a role model:
'It's too much responsibility to bear because it's all I can do to be a good role model to my children. I don't need other people's kids on my plate.'
Comparisons with Madonna:
'I think Madonna's an admirable creature, but I never intended to model my career on hers. Xena's breastplates never went all pointy.
'It's awful. You feel like you're losing your kid and you can't defend yourself. You can't speak ill of The father. There have been moments when I've had to fight every natural urge to strike back.'
'I often wished it was a kaftan, but you can't high-kick someone in a kaftan.'
Her computer ineptitude:
'I'm a computer retard.'
Her Inability to Fight
'I sat in a restaurant and watched a man hit his girlfriend outside in the street. I wanted to intervene, but I can't really fight. Instead, I talked to the woman when she came in to the restaurant, telling her she
didn't have to stand for that.'
'I was covered with bruises when I was filming Xena. But you learn to live with it and your pain tolerance goes sky high. Then I was injured taping a skit on horseback for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. I got
multiple pelvic fractures.
The discomfort of Xena's breastplate:
'It's very tight and heavy leather. The problem is: nothing looks like leather. Lycra films shiny. Then there's the copper plating on the outside. I felt as if my whole abdomen was in a straitjacket.'
Questions about her shoe size:
'Why would anyone be interested in that? It's a size 10.'
Fans sending gifts to her
'I'm grateful, but I make a healthy living so I beg people to keep their hard-earned cash for themselves and their families - or donate it to charity.'
Posing Nude for Playboy
'I've been asked - but I believe they ask every woman in show business.'