Next note: “Happy
Valley Kid. Embodied western man. He inspired me to
become an actor”. She gave us a “sheesh” look.
Then I have her saying, “Break out of jail. Seduce the jailer and just saunter out of there like the ghost I am”.
A fan said something and Lucy asked, “What study?” “The Rio Conference”. (My notes actually say, “Riot Conference”, but I just don’t think that’s right…)
“Sustainable. I was just staggered—very intelligent people in conflict on whether they need to do something--even though they had to invent a new color for the Australian heat map.”
“I’m trying to understand how people think. As an actor, you have to decide why and how a person thinks—that they think THIS way”.
“I went back to uni”. (University. I find it interesting that in America we’d say “college” in that context rather than “university”. University is used more as part of a specific name, as in the University of Somewhere. But we’d more likely phrase what Lucy said as, “I went back to college”. If we did use the word Lucy used, we’d say, “I went back to the university”, but again, if we used the word university, we’d more likely say, “I went back to the University of Alaska”. And just to explain why this linguistic difference interests me, I could broaden that to say, “I went to the University of Alaska where I received a degree in anthropology”.)
“I was inquiring, ‘What is a just man’?”
A fan asked her about filming fight scenes. (Writing this just now cracked me up. Here’s Luce getting all philosophical with us and then we rise up to the occasion in response and ask her about her fight scenes on her fantasy show. I LOVE us! I really and truly do. I’m serious—I’m not trying to knock this person—it’s classic, iconic Xena focused fan behavior. Love it.)
And Lucy answers, “What drove me was desperation. I HATED fight scenes. I couldn’t believe we hadn’t done all the fights we’d ever need. There’s no crying in baseball--or in scenes. But Zoe Bell and heaps of doubles (got it done)”.
Fan: “I have a two pronged question. Two bites of the apple”.
Luce? “Okay—but let’s keep it in this room”. Big grin. “Thank you—just between us, right?”
The question was about the funeral song that Lucy had made up a long time before she was Xena but that became the funeral dirge that Xena always sang at funerals.
“That song knocked Rob’s socks off. He heard it and said, ‘I want that song!’ (Other person on show—I’m almost certain she said it was Joe LoDuca, the music man on Xena.) “That’s Lucy’s”. Rob: “WHAT?!” Lucy: “You never know what your actor can do”.
I think there was a question “What motivates the choices?”
Lucy: “It’s just my job. You love it and you want to bring this thing to life. Many things about Lucretia really challenged me.” Then I have a cryptic note: “From the 80’s”. Followed by, “What makes this real—if I were in this woman’s shoes.”
I believe someone said they missed hearing the Xena yell. I think that Lucy challenged them to do it. But then a boy way in the back yelled out he’d do it. Lucy said okay. And MAN, did he do a great job on it. Applause and cheers just erupted all over the hall. And many people in the audience commented on how good he was.
Lucy: “Ai Yi Yi—it’s NOT Ai-Yi-Yi. It never was.”
I think someone yelled out again for her to do it. As she’s done lately, she did a tiny little one, very soft and barely audible.
Fan: “What was your favorite guest role?”
I’m not sure if Luce answered right away or if folks began to answer for her, yelling out their favorites. (I’m laughing at us again—we totally crack me up.)
Lucy said (or repeated?) “Burn Notice”. Then she said, “Battlestar”, taking it from fan’s suggestions.
She said it was important to have the right people and the right role. “Something really fun though”.
“Rob said to me, ‘people want to see you being bad’”.
Then she said something about playing a put-upon housewife. I believe a fan asked her “Honestly do you (think that?)” I think the question was did she feel she should play that, and she answered, “No really—that’s what he said”.
She said, “New Zealand people are used to me. It’s hard for them to get excited”.
Someone (maybe Luce) said she was known as Xena.
Lucy told a little story about how when she was young she went up to someone she worshipped as a talent (to thank him/her I believe) and was just blown off by the star. She said (I think to herself, not to the star) “When I get famous, I’ll never say that”. (Hmm. Perhaps that experience/vow helps explains why she keeps coming back to cons for us.)
Then I think it was the fan who said, “I really just love your work—it hits you in the guts”.
Rick Jacobson’s name came up. Lucy said that “With T.J. Scott—you don’t hate it so much—he does the (moves?) before you. Rick just sends you…” Lucy is inarticulate and doesn’t speak for a moment. Then says with a distasteful look on her face, “You’re a meat puppet.”
Someone said, “Something in a cave—great fights”, not sure if it was Luce or a fan.
Fan: “What was your favorite moment with Renee?”
Luce: “Oh probably one of those bath scenes. The nutbread scene was the funniest. The one with all the things moms hate—head lice.”
“Which design of the chakram did you like the most?”
Luce: “The second one was cooler but harder to catch for real life use”.
A fan came up maybe with a “Save the Arctic” shirt or banner or something. Luce: “I’m on the board”. (Applause) Lucy said “Thank you” but did a dismissive wave of her hand. I remember being amused, thinking she was obviously brought up to be polite but she was also brought up to be modest. And yet she became an actor…grin.
She said to the fan, “Come up here—we’ll do a little photo”. Then she said, “Save the arctic”.
Fan: “What are your favorite clothes to wear ever day?”
Luce: “Massive yoga pants. I really like big floppy clothes. I spent 6 years in a corset and I decided I was never going back there” (Pause) I don’t remember that we said or called anything out on that one but she continued, “What was I supposed to say? Princess dresses? C’mon.” (Either the fan says something or Lucy continues to muse) “Fancy dresses”. “I like fancy dresses too sometimes.”
A young fan asked, “Where is Gabrielle?” (Cheers and applause in audience.)
Luce: “What to say? I don’t know. I didn’t even know I wasn’t going to see her.” (Then I have something written down that looks like, “4 cell phones”.)
Lucy continues, “She might be at the Golden Globes in a princess dress”. (Pause) “Why did I say that?” Then, putting on an artsy-fartsy voice, “She had better things to do, darling”.
A fan asked her about Bitter Suite.
Luce: “I thought Hudson was amazing. I liked it. Until the moment on the altar.”
She said it was the most magnificent episode.
A fan asked her if she’d ever thought of writing her autobiography. “I really haven’t. Rob’s trying to get me to write some of the things that happened. I’m lucky—I get involved in some tense events. I’m waiting for a few people to die first”. She mentioned a “super slezoid famous person—but they got kids”.
“I was sitting with a friend in a (mezzanine?) café and this person just dropped out of the sky and killed himself in front of us.”
“This will not be a children’s book.”
A fan asked her about her boots. “Bought in San Francisco designed by Alexander McQueen”(?). Then she mentioned someone named something like Nick Manute? And added, “He’s gone”.
I think in answer to a question she told us she’d really been into opera. “As a kid I’d ask, ‘What are they saying? I can’t understand a bloody word!”
“Really into opera. Then I got into African music. They use notes in between the one we use.”
“I sing because I can. Singing is like ice cream—you just do it”.
“I’d like to be in ‘Annie Get Your Gun’. And play Annie. I listened to that as a child. It was so sentimental to me. I was pissed (that Reba McIntyre got to play it)—Reba McIntyre was great—but it wasn’t me…"
“What was your favorite skit on Funny Business?” “I can only remember one. It wasn’t very funny. It was about a perfume bottle in the shape of bollocks. I pulled the stopper out. The perfume was named Anuz (?). Not even funny."
“Do you prefer playing a bad guy or a good guy?” “I never played bad guys. Who was a bad guy? Xena? Lucretia? I never saw (that). Was I bad? Of course I’d rather be (bad) – you call it bad—I call it surviving".
A fan came up to the mic, Luce looked over at her and laughed a bit as she said, “I LOVE that you didn’t trust anyone enough to leave your bag" (at your seat).
I missed the question but Lucy’s answer was, “Plato through evolutionary psychology. Robert Wright—I like him a lot. I really like ‘The Moral Animal’.” Then she said something like people say that in his work he says “Social Darwinism is against homosexuals—that has nothing to do with what this is. Now my question is, what is morality? What is it? What is it to be human given that we have certain traits?”
I think it was Luce but it might have been a fan who said, “Lucretia was treated so badly”. Luce: “She was, wasn’t she?” Again, I’m not sure if it was a fan question or a Lucy statement, but I think it was the fan who said, “Harder than playing the hero?”
“Yes—because you had to be quiet”. (Quiet? That’s what I appear to have written down.)
“The great thing about Spartacus, because the audience was way ahead of the other actors. That’s really rewarding to an audience."
"Everything was always her fault. The
sword of Damocles was hanging over her
head. She was never safe, never master
of her destiny-until the very end.”
Then she was talking about people who travel around with some artifact and then take pictures of themselves in famous places with the artifact. She mentioned people traveling around with a gnome for example. “Why would you travel with a gnome? Luce put on a crazed voice: ‘Cause my cocaine is in it!”
“I’ve done something like that for my nephew. It’s a pain. I took it around Florida.” Then she talked about losing it or breaking it. “Gee—should we just mock up another one?”
A fan asked her if she’d ever want to be president. “I’m not sure my values would get me elected president.”
I think then the fan (or another one) asked her if she’d go into politics. “No. Been asked a few times. But if you’re elected, you have to vote with your constituency. And that would literally make me sick.” (In terms of if their values did not coincide with hers.)
repeated the next question. “What made
me want to play Xena? I was 25 years old
and penniless with a small child and I
needed a job”.
“I thought that was so cool that Vanessa Angel came. What a good sport—how generous she was. What a unique thing for this con.”
Fan, “Do you think anyone could have played Xena better than you?”
Luce: “We’ll never know if that’s true”.
She had a question about why she wanted to be an actor.
“You do it because you can’t help it”. But then she said something like anything we do, “We might change our mind about it—I gave myself the same right”.
I think she then referred to maybe people who hire people to act? “They want you to succeed—they’re on the same side as you”.
Fan: Who was your favorite (apparently of the Xena types) to play.
“My favorite was Meg. I like to play characters that look as good as my inner self. Like the sister I truly am.”
A fan asked her, “What question do you want asked?”
Lucy talked about journalists. “They’ll try to put words in your mouth. I left the self-aggrandizing questions out.”
I’m not sure if the fan tried to talk again or not, but then Lucy said, “You probably asked the original question—now shut up”.
“I might do a children’s book—scary sh*t that my kids say. Sorry-stuff.” (Hmm wonder if she said “scary” not “sorry”.
“Having kids make you not wish you were somebody else.”
“It’s handing over the mantle—young people are coming up. Everybody has a turn. I’ve lost four or five friends. To get to be 45—not everybody has that privilege. Let go—it’s good to be here.”
This may have been a question about working with people you don’t like—I’m not sure but maybe so. Or it might just be another one of her general philosophies of life.
“If you can’t be with the one you love, love the ones you’re with. That’s my greatest secret for having a fun life.”
A fan asked if she has a tattoo. Lucy said no, she didn’t want one. I believe the fan asked why. “There is no single icon I want to wear on my skin. And, when I get old, they’re gonna look ugly. But my boyfriend won’t be.” (Can that be right? I’m not sure about the word “boyfriend” but that’s the best I can make out of my scrawl.)
(Writing down Lucy’s appearance is always tough—because I always enjoy watching her face and her “poses”--the way she swings in and out of “styles” of answering. Funny, serious, challenging, acting, dismissing, etc. So half the time I’m looking at her and writing without looking at the page at the same time—leading to gooblydook created from nothing like any letter I’ve ever seen before in my life leering at me from my notebook. SIGH)
A fan asked what her favorite color was. “The color orange—in a flame. That translucence. Did I just make that word up?” (Hmm. Perhaps she didn’t say translucence but something like that?)
I thought that was an interesting answer. I don’t think I know anyone for whom orange is their favorite color.
“Who inspires you as an actress?” “Good writing inspires me. I get really mad if somebody doesn’t do something really cool with good writing. That’s sad. I wish I’d had that role—I’d like to have said those words.”
I think a fan said to her that she’d read that Lucy had caught the 37th biggest fish (of that type?) in the world. Lucy: “I go fishing every 12 years. I hate fishing. It’s the reason I had children. (Puts on voice) “I have to stay with the baby”.
She talked about growing up. “I had five brothers. I’d be more annoying than ever. Me and Josie (her younger sister) would be wearing sarongs. Honolulu baby. (Maybe this was a song they sang?)
Next line—“Oh, oh you can see my bosoms!” I THINK she’s still visiting the past here…
She talked as
she has before about that tease she and her
siblings did. Where you could get right into
each other’s faces. They called it doing the
Razzi-matazzi. She went over to the side of
the stage where one of the volunteers stood
down below the apron. There were volunteers
on both sides of the stage down on the
floor. I hadn’t seen that before. Guess it
was a security measure.
The volunteer (if he IS a volunteer) Lucy went over to has been around for years. He looks remarkably like John Cleese. EVERYONE says that the minute they see him. Anyway, Luce went up to him, leaned down from the stage and began to flutter her fingers real fast mere centimeters in front of his face. Lucy continued to explain Razzi-Matazzi to us, “You can do this all you want. You can NOT touch ‘em though” (‘Cause then they can swat you back). The volunteer stood stock still, just staring up at her with this somewhat stunned but happy, open look on his face which had turned bright red by the time she left him alone—I don’t think he even noticed her fingers rotoring along a hair's breadth from his eyes. Lucy turned around, walked back to the center of the stage and said, “THAT’S how I coped. Yeah.”
I believe she was asked about being on “The L Word”. Maybe she was asked if she’d gone after them to put her on the show? Not sure. Can’t remember and if so, didn’t write that down.
“Yeah, I got ‘The L Word’ nod. Hi girls! I had no idea—it was kind of bewildering. I didn’t know what I was doing.”
“I’m just so busy doing my oil rig and university”.
She was asked what was the longest trip she’d ever taken. “New Zealand to Israel was my longest trip, to do a travel show. We did Jerusalem at a time of strife. (Laugh). Can you imagine? We were warned not to go into housing. Had a few stones thrown at me. Went up to Gethsemane. Kids were biffing stones at me. An amazing part of the world.”
And that was it—her time was up. “I wish you all a good 2013. Kick 2012 in the butt”.
Lucy sign the hanging character banners that
Creation auctions off each year, accompanied
by roaring applause, a standing ovation and
huge smiles, and then Lucy left the stage
and with a few audible sighs as we began to
leave the hall, Xena con 2013 ended.