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
Cleo 2525 Reunion Part 2
A young man came up to the mike. Vicky asked him, “Got a
girlfriend?” The fan answered, “I don’t speak English” V:
“Perfect!” One of them said he had great hair.
I missed something again, ‘cause next Vicky says to Gina, “You
want to EAT him?” Gina: “NO”.
Fan: “You can say whatever you want”.
Vicky to Gina, “He came for you, so you answer the question”.
Gina, (With a confiding glance to us) “I’m starting to remember
what the last week on the set were like”.
Jennifer: “Occasional (batting off? Battery off?)
Vicky said either “fingers” or “Figero”. (Obviously MY mind was
I think then they were talking about other roles (for Gina?)
Someone asked, “Wonder Woman?”
J: “Little gold pants again”.
G: “I’m so fortunate and grateful that I got to do what I love.
If someone would pay me, I’d do…No. We get to play characters
that move people. Or just stick like a thorn in their eye.”
(Editorial note: You can take the girl out of New York, but you
can’t take New York out of the girl.)
J: “I want to win the Nobel Prize for literature. Become the
Poet Laureate of the United States.”
V: “I’ll have to Google you and see how you’re doing on that”.
(Note: Jennifer read from some of her work last time she was at
the con-and I thought it was very good, tilting towards
J: “I’m in grad school in New York.”
Someone in the audience yelled out “10-3!” (Referring to the
score at the superbowl. But I don’t think we got who was ahead.)
V: “Who’s playing? When does hockey start?”
Jennifer was talking about being here at the con. “All my
friends keep texting, ‘Hey, WP! Hey, WP’”.
Vicky said either, “Nothing” or “Mouthy”. *siiigh*
J: “Us over football. That’s why they put US now!”
Note: At the fan breakfast event that morning, when Jennifer sat
at our table, she said something about having been expecting
Lucy to be there that day because it was the last day and Lucy
was always the big finale at the cons. She happened to be
looking at me when she finished her sentence, so I said, “She
apparently could only come Friday”. And agreeing with her, I
said, “I mean, yeah, you always save the best for last. But…” I
was about to say, “But not this time”, when I suddenly realized
that I was talking to the person who was going to be onstage
that day and who was therefore the “disappointment guest
fill-in”. So I revved right into, “But…THAT’S why they got YOU
GUYS coming-so we can end with a bang!” Jennifer gave me a
gracious smile and happily some of the folks at the table said,
Who knew then that I was actually right? Grin.
I think a fan was talking about Cyan whom Vicky played in Xena.
If there was something she didn’t like about the character.
V: I didn’t like the screaming.
The fan asked her about the character’s nudity.
V: “The nudity? Only because it was cold. It was so
G: "I only did one episode of Xena. I was in Hercules, playing
with the boys".
One of the other ones said, “I never got to play with the boys”.
J: “The chick in your ear”. Yes, this IS what she said-I scowled
at it for a bit and then realized she was talking about Gina
playing Hel who had an aural implant so she could get directives
G: “I was the R.A. on Cleo. I never got any”.
V: "I got some".
(Note: R.A. stands for the Resident Advisor like in a college
dorm-a student whose duty it is to maintain order. My first
glimpse of my RA at the University of Alaska was seeing this
tall young woman with long, dark, curly hair, dressed in a pink
sheath covered by a pink mostly transparent gauzy flowing wrap
lined with fluttering pink feathers at the edges, sporting a
fuzzy pink boa constrictor wrapped around her neck, sauntering
down the hall and saying hello and welcome to all the freshmen.
She was apparently the most stable, reliable person they could
find in our dorm.)
A very cute young male fan came up to the mike, “Jen, I live in
New York. I’m a Libra. I like poetry.”
We (and the girls) whooped and hollered for him. (I remember now
that they had discussed signs of the Zodiac at one point, but I
didn’t get it down, obviously.)
Moving along, Jen said, “I was vegan. (This like skeeved the
other two.) “WHAT?!”
J: “I would eat a whole lot of beans. Alright-Titanic going
down. (Pause) Be suspect of the soy.”
V: It tastes like ass. Not in a good way though.
G: Bacon makes me happy.
V: I love fish. Turkey. Ostrich. Kangaroo.
G: And it’s lean, lean.
Fan: “What’s your favorite fairy tale?”
G: Well, since Jen just divorced the fairy…
V: Therapy with your girlfriends…
J: Been there, done that. Now I’m the fucking prince.
Vicky began talking about the Princess Pavilion at Disneyland
and I think said that she likes Ariel. And something about an
object? (There was lots of groaning over Disneyland. The girls
MAY have started the groans, but some of the audience joined in.
Or vice versa.)
G: I’m a Belle fan myself.
V: “Know what? I like ‘em all! (And she gestured towards
Jennifer) And Prince Charming over here.” Jen gave a lovely
little queen wave.
V: “Hey Prince-you got a pretty mouth”.
G: “We create our own fairy tales”. We cheered that.
Jennifer said something about “Airport concession activity
books”. I think a fan must have brought it up. Because then Gina
said to the other two, “Let me handle this”. And then said in a
very enthusiastic tone, “That’s a GREAT idea…” while Vicky
pretended to be hiding.
I think a fan asked Jennifer something about playing a character
who was only pretending to be an Amazon, who was essentially
living a lie.
Gina said, “You were a stripper.” (I suspect she didn’t know
Amarice’s story and thought the question was about Cleo.)
J. “Oh. Right”.
Then she answered, “Being an Amazon is a state of mind. Be tough
in your own mind.”
The fan may have said something else, because Jen copped an
attitude and said, “Gabrielle made me one. So, Whatever!”
V: “Did you see the squid movie I did?” Of course, some of us
had and yelled out things about it.
V: “I’m sorry. But I got a mortgage to pay, alright?” She then
began talking about another project, the “Texas Mongolian Death
She talked about her agent calling her. “Hey Vic-we got an
offer!” She asked what it was. “Texas Mongolian Death Worm”. V:
“Ha ha! What?” Silence. Then, with awful dawning realization,
G: You would have passed it up if it was the “Detroit Death
V: I’m like a magnet. And you’re steel.
G: I was raised in Washington Heights in Queens.
Then they somehow were talking about a boyfriend. Ah-I think a
fan who was either living in New York or going to school there
or something brought it up.
G: “Does he get on the train and come to see you?” (This was
obviously of import to Gina-that the guy make the effort to go
Then I think a fan said, “You three should have a talk show.”
V: “Beep. Beep. Beep.” She said something about “We love J. (and
I can’t read the last name.) “He’s the cocksucker. We suck ass.”
Off and on during this presentation, Vicky would fondle Gina’s
knee. She’d lean against her. She’d hold onto her. At one point
she acted like something a fan said scared her, so she jumped up
and ran behind Gina to put her between her and the fan.
A fan asked if they were on Facebook and if so, how many friends
did they have.
J: I have thousands.
Next thing I have written down:
J?: “They said we couldn’t say coochie. They didn’t say anything
G: “This explains all the Facebook friends”
A fan asked, “Since Jen showed us her abs, will you show yours?”
G: (Pause). “Hell. I didn’t see THAT coming.” She looked at the
fan a moment. “Now remember, I had a baby.”
Then she pulled up her shirt, and damn, she had the most amazing
abs I’ve ever seen on a woman. She literally had a six pack. Of
course we applauded them.
Then it was Vicky’s turn. She stood up and said, “Well, you know
Gina just had a baby”, and then pulled up her shirt and she also
had a very defined musculature.
Then I have written down, “Stop it!” And then, “Flash!”
Which I think must mean that Vicky was being coy and telling us
to stop hooting and applauding for her. And then whipped her
shirt up again for us. (Sounds good anyway, huh?)
Then Vicky was talking about clothes I think, like fashion stuff
and designers. Gina pointed to her and asked “Which jeans are
V: “The ones with the holes in them”. And yes, her jeans did
have holes in them.
G: “I miss your intellect most of all”
I think then that a fan asked Gina to sing for us. Many years
ago, heck I think maybe even at the end of the ‘90s or at the
most, certainly very early in the 00’s, Gina performed with
Kevin Smith at one of the evening cabarets. Kevin had sung for
us many times-he used to have a rock and roll band. Joel Tolbeck,
who played Strife was in it. And when Danielle was there, she
would be the rocker chick for them. It was always high energy
and great fun.
Many people participate in the cabarets. Some with good voices,
some with great enthusiasm. And we appreciate them all.
But that time with Gina, she came out, opened her mouth and this
absolutely gorgeous, transcendent sound poured out in a golden
flood. She was amazingly good. Kevin stood there and was not
only as enthralled as us, but since he had presumably heard her
before-I imagine they rehearsed, he also managed to let us know
just by his stance that he felt he wasn’t worthy to be singing
with a person who could sing like this. He was charmingly both
abashed and thrilled. And man, did they do a marvelous show that
So anyway, Gina thought about what she would sing. Vicky said,
“Pretend that I’m Simon”. She put on a British accent and
huffily said, “That was bloody awful!”
Gina began to sing, “I’m a little teapot…” And that was as far
as she got. She looked at us and said in a kind of surprise, “I
don’t know the words to that song”.
Then she did sing more and the audience was very happy to hear
it and gave her resounding applause.
A fan came up and said something like, “Oh wow. That’s good”.
Then asked, “What about that bad director?”
G: “I feel a plant”.
They were told they should have a show. One of them said, “We
could go opposite ‘The View’”.
J: “I personally want to beat up that Elizabeth chick. She must
have gone to a prissy chick camp.”
V: “She can’t be very happy and she makes others unhappy too”.
I think it was Gina who said, “I can’t believe Whoopy hasn’t cut
her down yet.”
One of the others answered, “That’s why Joy and Sherri are
A young Creation worker (who I heard later from other fans had
been giving them the high sign to stop, showing them fingers for
the minutes left, trying to get them to say goodbye, and was
being soundly ignored by them), stepped close to the stage and
said loudly, “Five minutes”.
We all looked at him and broke out into long, thunderous “BOOOOOOOO!”s.
Gina stood up and flashed her abs at him.
They said goodbye, they kind of nodded at us in thanks, they
hugged each other, while we stood and gave them a HUGE standing
At the end of everyone’s time on stage, Creation plays the Xena
theme as the guests sign the to be auctioned off banners and
wave goodbye to us.
Gina, Vicky and Jennifer broke out into the Cleo 2525 theme song
and roared it out over Xena’s theme. And did a pretty good job
of almost drowning it out.
Man, this was a fantastic what? 45 minutes or so? We were such
in a happy happy joy joy fan haze.
It’s always great to spend time laughing helplessly. It’s SUCH a
good feeling to do that. It creates a LOVELY afterglow.
As we left the hall and later that night also, many fans talked
about how great it was that the con ended with such a bang.
This con was different from most of them, due to the scheduling
of Lucy’s appearance. It was oddly off-kilter, kind of
unbalanced, since Lucy had been and gone the first day. And for
the first time in a number of years, there weren’t any evening
Lucy concerts to go to either.
So in all other cons, excitement would build throughout the
whole weekend. And then the last day would be capped with
appearances from Lucy and Renee and the two of them together.
And this time, as I said before, the Big Kahuna had spent her
wad the first day.
So it was particularly fine that the last thing wound up as this
absolutely hilarious and delightful real feel-good presentation.
If you can’t have Luce, this is a pretty damn fine second
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