1 October 1996
Many thanks to Normal Ruffell
XENAS SIDEKICK - Renee O'Connor
Scaling Mount Kilimanjaro, sailing the Nile, swimming with dolphins. Sounds like a typical day for Xena, not sidekick Gabrielle on Xena: Warrior Princess. But Renee OConnor, the 25-year-old who plays her is more athletic than her character.
Now on safari in Africa, shes also into hiking, climbing and martial arts. And this year, Gabrielle is becoming more like OConnor. "Shes more independent, more her own person," says the actress, whos getting recognized by Xenites on the street.
"Its nice to hear what they like, especially women. They appreciate that our characters are intellectually and physically strong - Xena more than Gabrielle, but still "
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