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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Lucy Lawless, Always "Xena" to Millions of Fans

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Lucy Lawless.

Lucy Lawless (born Lucille Frances Ryan; 29 March 1968) is a New Zealand actress, activist and musician.

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Lawless is best known for playing the title character of the internationally successful television series "Xena: Warrior Princess."

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Xena, Lucy's most iconic role.

Born in the Auckland, New Zealand suburb of Mount Albert, Lucy Lawless comes from an Irish Catholic family (originating in Quilty, County Clare, to be exact, she says). Her great-grandfather was one of the many convicts sent to New Zealand as their punishment.

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A musician as a kid, Lucy said that she learned to be a comedian in school. It got her a lot of attention and eliminated conflict. Lucy first appeared on television as a member of the New Zealand comedy series "Funny Business." So, at heart, Lucy considers herself a comedian.

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A guest appearance on the pilot for "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" starring Kevin Sorbo as villainous female warrior Xena in 1995 changed Lucy's life. It was a very campy role... one could view it as almost a comic role, it was so outlandish. The character of Xena involved all sorts of impossible feats that were just this side of ridiculous, so it no doubt helped to have a sense of humor about the role.

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The character of Xena was so popular that Lawless was given her own spin-off series, "Xena: Warrior Princess." The show lasted for six seasons and made Lawless an international celebrity.

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Lucy in "Eurotrip."

Since becoming famous due to her Xena role, Lucy Lawless has appeared on Broadway, done some singing, and appeared on numerous other television series, including appearing as Lucretia on the cable show "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena" and in the remake of "Battlestar Galactica" as D'Anna Biers.

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Lucy also had a memorable appearance as a dominatrix in the popular teen comedy "Eurotrip."

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Lucy memorably played Lucretia in television series "Spartacus," which ran from 2010-2012. Naturally, that series, set during the Roman Empire, also involved a lot of leather.

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Lucy moved from "Spartacus" to a recurring role as Diane Lewis on "Parks and Recreation." That role didn't involve a whole lot of leather.

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Lucy continues to work steadily. Look over her list of credits, there does not seem to be any years since her "Xena" series where she did not have some kind of television series or major film project. When one series ends, she leaps from that one to another. Most Hollywood actresses must envy her ability to obtain so many high-profile roles, one after another.

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Many fans remember Lucy from her role as D'anna Biers on the resurrected "Battlestar Galactica" television series from 2005-2009.

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Xena advancing into the arena.

Lucy played Ruby Knowby in television series "Ash vs. Evil Dead" during the 2015-2016 season.

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Lawless also played Countess Marburg in fifteen episodes of television series "Salem" from 2015-2017. Not only does Lucy typically have at least one steady television gig - she sometimes has multiple ones running at the same time. It must be difficult to keep them all separate!

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Lucy Lawless' best roles always involve leather at some point. She wears leather as well as anyone. Naturally, "Xena" was a virtual leather-fest.

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Lucy Lawless also occasionally wears leather outside of her film and television roles, though she appears to do so sparingly.

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Lucy contributes her support to various charities, such as StarShip Foundation for StarShip Children's Health (hospital).

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Lucy Lawless also has engaged in high-profile activities with Greenpeace, and pleaded guilty to trespass charges in June 2012 after a protest at an oil drilling ship in New Zealand.


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We might as well get this out of the way. There is a recurring myth that Lucy's character on "Xena" was a lesbian due to her tight association with sidekick Gabrielle, played by Texas actress Renée O'Connor. People can read into the character anything that they like, but the only person Lucy ever kissed as the character was .... Kevin Sorbo's Hercules.

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I am waiting for a sign that will indicate to me what meaning I must give to my life, but right now my existence is satisfactory.

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About her "Xena" role:
I was black and blue for about two years, but it's paid off tremendously. You know, if you get enough whacks, your reflexes pick up, and I've become quite good - if somebody throws keys or something, I can catch them.

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Lucy occasionally appears in public wearing leather pants and the like.

We live at the edge of the world, so we live on the edge. Kiwis will always sacrifice money and security for adventure and challenge.

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I don't 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 don't take business seriously.

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Treat everyone the same until you find out they're an idiot.

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Soccer mom, that's what I consider myself. Yeah, I think I'm 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.

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My plan is to shock people with what I can do, because I've got a few sides to me that I've never used on screen.

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