Xena: The Warrior Princess was a New Zealander series, created in 1995. The series chronicles the adventures of Xena, a warrior who tries to redeem herself from her violent past by helping everyone. Xena is accompanied by Gabrielle, whose story is told in parallel during the series.
It was one of the most successful series on television, passing in approximately 108 countries around the world. The series was listed tenth in the list of the 25 Best Cult Series in History, by TV Guide magazine. She was also the first to gather fans from around the world, who connected via the Internet, to discuss each episode and character.
Xena is a mix of action, adventure, and mythology. She was a spin-off of the Hercules: The Legendary Journeys program. The Xena saga began with a special appearance by the character in Hercules for three episodes. In the first two episodes, she was one of the villains in the series, but in the third, she allies with Hercules.
Originally, in the script, she would die in the third episode. However, she ended up being very successful with the audience. The producers were already planning a sequel for Hercules, but Robert Tapert was the producer who came up with the idea to give a series to Xena.
Altogether, Xena: The Warrior Princess has had six seasons and a total of 134 episodes. The series’ sixth and final season began airing in the United States on October 2, 2000, and ended on June 18, 2001.
If you were a child or teenager in the 2000s, you probably saw Xena’s adventures. And to this day, she has an image of Lucy Lawless in her warrior costume.
Currently, more than 25 years after the end of Xena, she is not only remembered by fans of the series. But she also came to be seen as a representative of the LGBTQIA + community. That’s because, the way the series showed the relationship between Xena and Gabrielle, played by Renée O’Connor, was a pioneer thing in a television series.
In addition, Xena was also seen as a symbol of female empowerment. And even went on to be considered a feminist icon of the 1990s, by Ms. magazine.
When actress Lucy Lawless first brought Xena to life, she was 26 years old. But her television stardom was in 1987, when she was 19 years old. The actress was part of the cast of the comedy “Funny Business”, where she stayed for almost three seasons.
After two years, Lucy was elected as Miss New Zealand. And in 1992, she gave up on presenting the “Air New Zealand Holiday” program, which was broadcast to the entire Asian continent, when she found out she was earning less than her co-worker.
A year after leaving her job as a presenter, Lucy gave life to Lysia, an Amazon in the film “Hercules and the Amazon Women”. And it was thanks to this work that Xena’s producers got in touch with the actress.
In 1995, Lucy was already filming “Xena: The Warrior Princess”. Also that year she divorced Garth Lawless, the father of her first daughter, Daisy. After four years she remarried her current husband, Robert Tarpet, who was curiously the creator of Xena. With her, Lucy had two more children, Julius and Judah.
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With the end of Xena in 2001, Lucy has not stopped working. She participated in several other series, such as “Expediente X”, “Veronica Mars”, “Two and a Half Men”, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, “Parks and Recreation”, “Ash vs Evil Dead” and “Salem” .
The characters, made by the most recent actress and who had a greater prominence, were: Number Three, in “BattlestarGaláctica” and Lucrécia in “Spartacus”. In addition, Lucy has also appeared in “The Simpsons” in 1999, playing herself.
Currently, Lucy stars in the series “My life is a murder”. The series tells the day-to-day story of Alexa Crowe, a renowned police investigator who tries to reconcile work and personal life.