LOS ANGELES, CA
Fri., Sat. & Sun.
February 5-7, 2010
Los Angeles Marriott at LAX
5855 West Century Blvd.
Wilkinson, Brittney Powell,
William Gregory Lee, Katherine Fugate, Steven Sears,
2010 OFFICIAL XENA CONVENTION
Los Angeles, California, USA
5 - 7 February 2010
Main Con Page
The Cleopatra 2525 Reunion
Gina Torres, Vicky Pratt and Jennifer Band Sky
Report by KTL
My second favorite part of the whole con. (First
being Lucy on stage of course...)
This was one of the major highlights of this con for me. As it
was for many of us, as I heard later from a lot of fans that
night and the next day.
It was one of the most hilarious con events I’ve ever seen. The
grrls were so playful, so UP, just treating us to a classic,
good girlfriends getting together time. It was great.
I think it was Gina who started things off by yelling out to us,
“Who dat?!” Lots of laughter and some of the fans, the “in the
know” fans, yelled “Who dat!?" back.
We’ve had New Orleans fans coming to the con wearing purple,
green and gold New Orleans paraphernalia and coming up to the
mike ever since Lucy starred in “Vampire Bats”. During the
filming, Katrina hit. Lucy was a Katrina refugee and had to
escape the hurricane. And then she went back to New Orleans and
helped raise relief money, giving interviews about the
devastation and even working in a soup kitchen over Thanksgiving
to help out. And just about every year New Orleans folk come
back to the con. And this weekend was the Superbowl and of
course the Saints were in it. And of course this was Sunday, the
day of the big game. And the “Who dat?” is a Saints team chant,
with roots way back in minstrel days vaudeville. (I had to look
it up-this was the best link I found:
This was a wild and woolly event. One of the most hilarious
escapades I’ve ever sat through at a con. I have pages and pages
of stuff (I CAN manage to look down at my notebook and just
write when Lucy’s not onstage) and since this was the last day
of the con, I’d also remembered that it’s always good to note
down who says what.
I’ll make it easy on all of us, by only listing the initial of
the woman who said something. I’m not going to put it in quotes,
but I think it’s pretty close to what they said.
Unlike most of the stars, these three sat down (in separate
chairs) for just about all of their visit.
Okay, here we go…
J: I haven’t seen these (other women) since we were all 21.
Which was just yesterday. We’re so beautiful.
V: I’m gorgeous.
Then Vicky looked out at the audience and with a big grin
indicated how receptive we are to them, how we focus on them so
intently and heartily respond to anything they say.
She said she felt like she was fishing with a hand grenade. That
she “just lobs it out into the water and then boom!, and then we
just scoop ‘em up”.
We thought that was hilarious, that she was calling us stunned
Then she added, “We’re hot, aren’t we?”
And of course we whooped our heads off and offered up robust
J: I’m 33. (She MIGHT have been asked her age, not sure.)
V: I’m still 21.
G: “AARP will be knocking real soon”. Vicky then shared with us
that Gina was a cougar.
Jennifer said something about I think having a show two weeks
ago. Then added, “And I was divorced a month ago”.
Gina and Vicky began to talk about Jennifer’s ex. I think Vicky
said, “That was the guy with the hair.” Gina said, “He had
architectural hair” and she mimicked a big swooping swept back
V: We’ve been hanging onto our guys for nine years.
G: My husband calls me. (This is what I have written down next:
) Saw somebody today. Don’t make out with me. (Don’t remember
who was saying what there-if it was Gina or Laurence-boooo me!)
Then they began to joke about being in Cleo and wearing pretty
minimal clothing and being very close to each other on set.
I think it was Jennifer who declared, “We hid candy in our
costumes”. To which Vicky replied, “Lick, lick”. Gina added in
this “you know what I’m talking about” kind of rhythmic
story-telling tone, “We were lonely, we were in New Zealand…”
J: It was ALL humping.
G: The bruises came from stunts.
Then I think it was Gina who said, “Vicky has a cute little
G: “We were all on like nipple patrol. Dr. Ngila." (The female
costume wizard on Xena and other RenPac projects.) "Doctor of
wire and foam”. Gina said that after one costume fitting, “I
looked down and it looked like there was a little baby’s bun
sitting on my chest.”
V: When it was my time of month, I’d put snack packs in my
costume. She said to Gina, “You had rubber pants. Keeping the
world safe in a silver corset.”
Gina mentioned that “In ‘Jack Of All Trades’ you had full on
G. But we looked good.
V: (To Jennifer) Your hair tuned into moss.
J: I had like a Mohawk. I was like, “Jennifer Sky Down”.
A fan asked about I guess problems on set or people they didn’t
like working with.
One of them said “Greg”. Another one chimed in, “A bad
director”. There were talking over each other and one of them (I
think maybe Jennifer) indicated they shouldn’t say this. I think
it was Gina who made a “big deal” kind of face and said in a
cool ‘tude way, “Lot of people named Greg in the world”.
Jennifer: “He was friendly”.
G(?): “Vicky and I caught up”. I think it was also Gina who said
she told Vicky, “Girl, you can’t tell ANYBODY this.” Vicky
added, “…stuff. As I scan for minors. We can’t talk about our
coochies. Let’s talk about Jennifer’s scar.”
Now last time Jennifer was at a con (which I think was last
year?) she was alone. And she told us that she had had a major
health problem and had just had surgery. I’m not sure if she
mentioned what it was then.
Vicky said Jennifer should show us her scar. Jennifer filled in
that she had to have major surgery-she actually had a liver
Jennifer flipped up her shirt and lowered her pants a bit. And
there was one honking scar tracing along her belly. Not just one
simple linear cut.
Jennifer said something like: “People whom I haven’t seen in
years-‘Oh-that’s YOU!”, I think referring to her scar?
Vicky announced very seriously, “Canadians please do NOT donate
your livers.” They had a little discussion on who might have
good livers to donate, who didn’t abuse alcohol, essentially.
Vicky thought you could find good liver transplant donors “In
Jennifer was still showing her wide-ranging scar. She said that
someone said to her, “It’s a butterfly”
She gave a sarcastic look and said, “Yeah. That’s what it FELT
Gina said next time Jennifer should pick another organ (to
destroy). “Kidney would be good-you got two.”
Vicky suggested, “Spleen”. (Pause) “Anybody know what a spleen
does?” (Silence) “Anybody?”
Vicky: “I don’t get out enough. And when I do, I come here. And
Jennifer and Gina began to talk about T.J. Scott, Vicky’s
husband. They called him Teech.
“Teech” was such a good director”. And then they talked about
what a great boyfriend he was. “He sent her flowers every week.”
Someone said, “Her dressing room smelled like flowers-and dead
Jennifer said that Laurence was around. And that he was so
Gina replied, “All kind of things just go away. All kinds of
I think I missed something in here because next thing I have is
Vicky saying, “I’m not going to say anything anymore”. Then she
added, “What kind of fool puts a lock on their liquor cabinet?”
Next I have written down that Vicky said, “I sleep with her in
her bed sometimes. I DO.” (Pause) “I’m not ashamed”. This is
followed by a note in the margin. (Dog).
V: “I’m very crafty”.
J: “T.J.’s leather pants! ‘Member his leather pants?!” She
added, “Alex (I’m thinking that’s her ex) went through a leather
pants phase. That (led to?) the divorce.”
V: “I thought TJ was gay.”
J: “I still haven’t found out if my ex is gay”.
Gina starting a new topic, “We were SO the pussy posse. Pussy,
J counted off “1-2-3” and then they, in perfect symmetry, began
crossing and then uncrossing and then spreading their legs.
(Note remember they were all sitting during this presentation.)
They enjoyed doing their synchronized knee crossing very much.
Jennifer said, “They’ll be rolling us out in our wheelchairs
with our oxygen bottles and we’ll still be…” And again all three
of them crossed their legs in unison-but V-E-R-Y S-L-O-W-L-Y
Vicky began to talk about getting seats maybe at the NFL play
She said something about 10,000 tickets. I think it was that her
girlfriend knew a guy who had extraordinary box seats. Or maybe
it was Vicky who knew him? Anyway they got to go to this
football game that really wasn’t of great interest to them.
Vicky said they were wearing pushed up bras, had their hair all
done. “We’re going to a football game for god’s sake.
“We’re on the 50 yard line. I say, ‘There’s a line man-can you
take a picture of us?’ And then she asked him, ‘Who’s playing?’
There were people behind us, probably thinking, ‘Those dumb
bitches!’ We spent most of the time in the press box. The
tickets were totally wasted on us.” She continued talking about
how silly the whole thing was.
Gina began talking about how important it is to the players.
“People just living their dream”. (Pause). “Beating each other
up. Trying to create a legacy for their families.”
V: “Patriots playing other sweaty guys”.
Jennifer said she liked soccer. “Because they wear small things
and run back and forth really fast and you can really see their
The other two began to talk about finding a new guy for
Jennifer. “We need some standards. If you’re a carpet pee-er—stay
G: “Go to the end of the line.” People in the audience began
raising their hands to be with Jennifer.
G: That’s a tooker (That’s what I have written-tooker). “That’s
a full kit!” (Not sure what that meant-she was looking at
someone behind me and on the other side of the hall.
Jennifer looked over and then made a “Call me” sign with her
Vicky began talking again about working on Cleo. “Some of the
controls on the ship were made out of dildos.”
J: OH! I remember!
Someone said, “They spent all the money on our new costumes”.
Someone said something about dark foil (I think referring to
J: That’s the best-it’s good for your heart.
V: And the ship.
G: Good! We got to stay on point.
V: Every recycling bin was used on set. Anytime you spray paint
something silver, it’s in the future.
V: We should write a show! (HUGE cheers from us.) I think it was
Jennifer who pointed at Steve Sears taking pictures of them.
“There’s Steve right there!”
V: Write us something, Steve!
G: (In her deep, street-wise, stirring voice) “Write anything,
we’ll make it dirty”.
ENORMOUS jollity and cheers from the audience. There may even
have been a few standing ovations on that one.
J: “2525-The Elder Years”
V: We’re all going to be fighting to be Blanche. (Which I
considered and decided that she meant Blanche DuBois from “A
Streetcar Named Desire” until Gina said, “Dorothy. The eyebrows”
at which point the person next to me said, “Golden Girls”.)
Not sure what fueled this, but Vicky said, “Jen’s got no liver-I
can take her.”
J: Don’t let my husband get you.
V to fan: Yes, young virgin, speak to us.
V: “Talk in slow motion, talk in slow motion.”
A fan asked, “Will you run around naked, Vicki?” I believe she
was asking about in a part on a show.
Vicky looked at her for moment and seemed to be considering it.
G: “Nebula. Queen of the Amazons. I should have had a
Jennifer said that Rob and company had written the characters
specifically for Gina and Vicky to play. “I was doing Amarice.
Amarice is the favorite character I ever played.
Vicky suddenly interrupted, “Ever forget you’re not on a TV show
and do things that your character would have done?” The other
two stared silently at her. “Just checking” Vicky said and then
put on an innocent face and looked away.
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