Oz Comic-Con: Xena star Lucy Lawless says Kalgoorlie was a ‘bizarre detour’ to fame

Perth Now (Sunday Times)

2 April 2016

LUCY Lawless says her time in Kalgoorlie was a “bizarre detour” on the road to acting.

The Xena: Warrior Princess star, who made an appearance at Oz Comic-Con in Perth on Saturday night, said she knew she always wanted to act.

“Life’s like that. You get off course, get a little bit of life experience and you come back to your goal,” the 47-year-old said.

“And just because you don’t get paid for it, doesn’t mean you’re not getting closer to your goal.

“If you want to be an actor you do a little bit towards that and that’s what I would do.”

Lawless was the star attraction at this year’s Oz Comic-Con in Perth, joining the celebrity guest list just weeks after the announcement of the Xena reboot.

Although her husband Robert Tapert is working with the NBC reboot, Lawless told her Perth fans that she doesn’t know if she would be making an appearance.

“I would have to read (the script) through and they would have to want me,” she said.

“It would depend on the role because you know what? It’s not like I need the offer.

“I thought my career would be thinning off by now but it’s not and I’m delighted.”

While lesbian relationships are becoming commonplace on television, it’s not that long ago that the subject was still taboo, which is why surprise 90s hit Xena: Warrior Princess was such a revelation.

Although Xena, played by Lucy Lawless, was never explicitly gay, there were more than a few moments where the subtext was clear.

“To have lesbians in lead roles where the lesbian community could actually see themselves reflected for the first time in ages, I think that was what gave it a real kind of hip vibe at the time,” Lawless told AAP.

Lawless said the writers always knew what they were doing with the character and her relationship with sidekick Gabrielle, played by Renee O’Connor, who Lawless describes as “like a sister” to her.

But the New Zealand actress says she is astonished the show has such a strong following more than a decade after it ended.

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