New Zealand actress Lucy Lawless turns 50 on March These characters had immense strength, courage and smarts, often dealing with as many internal battles as they did fights against the bad guys, redefining what an action hero looked like. And this was decades before Gal Gadot brought Woman to the big screen!
According to Hollywood Reporterthe network and executive producers Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi are looking for writers to give the s fantasy series an updated spin. Of course, these are just rumors at this point, something that star Lucy Lawless tweeted herself. Xena is beloved by a lot of people, as conventions dedicated to the show might indicate.
As one of the first shows to feature strong female protagonists, the Hercules spin-off was extremely progressive. Another New Zealand native, Marton Csokas has risen to full-on stardom from humble beginnings. His first acting role came in when he played Terry Mercer for an episode of Shark in the Park.
A spin-off from the popular Hercules series, Xena: Warrior Princess single-handedly brought about a resurgence in mythmaking melodrama. While the show began with the strongest of premises, that being hot chicks with swords fighting, it developed into something so much more. That subtext became nearly explicit with the two fit females teasingly bathing nude together, which stretched not only the concept of the show but the trousers of happy viewers as well. Yes, Xena is good for the pena as well as the vagina!
I had wanted to go new places, to try bold new things. In Italy, I was hired for a bathing suit shoot. The photographer made me stand in a freezing pool for hours, then screamed in my face when my skin turned an unattractive shade of blue.
No no, that won't be necessary," Gabrielle insisted, turning to the naked Xena staring blankly at her shoulders. I know you're right. Gabrielle quickly worked at the laces on her shirt with fumbling fingers while her friend continued.
She also said the titular role was one of the most physically challenging characters she's ever played. Lawless' role as Lucretia in "Spartacus: War of The Damned" proved to be more emotionally grueling due to its prominent nude scenes, with which she said she was not comfortable at the time. Sign up here for Live Today, HuffPost Live's new morning email that will let you know the newsmakers, celebrities and politicians joining us that day and give you the best clips from the day before!
The character of Xena first appeared in as an evil warlord in a three episode arc of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. The tough warrior woman turned fighter for the greater good was popular enough to garner her own spin-off series. Set in ancient Greece, the show featured a flawed superhero with fantastic martial arts-like skills and a dangerous dark side; in short, she was beautiful, sexy and deadly.