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Photo: Beowulf Sheehan
Main Pic: Lawless posing for Celebrity Duets; as
she used to look for Xena; singing with Bonnie
Tyler; and with Robin Gans and Sandy Sachs of
Girl Bar’s Dinah Shore Weekend.
For some of us you seem to have dropped off
the map since Xena.
I kind of did drop off the map. I wanted to have a
couple of extra kids and that means that my focus
was really not so much on career. To come back
and reintroduce yourself takes a lot of doing and
I’ve had lots of opportunities to be more famous
than I am and I turned them down for my own
reasons. I’m not sorry that I’m not doing network
television in the States. It’s always about being
offered this seven-year contract. Being a single
lead means you work really super-long hours. To
do seventy, eighty hour weeks is standard. I think
you have to have a crushing need for attention
to want to cultivate that sort of career. Celebrity
seems to be its own currency, or else how could
you explain somebody like Paris Hilton? But
because I had chosen to have kids I wanted them
to have a real mother. If my kids are miserable,
I’m miserable. I guess I don’t value other people’s
opinions of me more than I do my own. It doesn’t
help your career to go away but I’m not sorry.
I just knew that it was important to me to have
kids. I didn’t want to wait too long. My daughter
was already eleven by the time my second child
was born. I knew I had to knock it off quickly and
just let the chips fall where they may. Having kids
was something I’d regret not doing. Whatever I’m
doing seems like the best thing I’ve ever done
to me. The TV critics have always been fond of
me and didn’t like me doing the crassly named
Vampire Bats (2005). But I was so attracted to
living in Louisiana I just had to take the gig. It was
fantastic. I got to see New Orleans at its best right
up until the time of the hurricane. I just see it all as
part of a rich life.
Perhaps your major comeback appearance
has been on the US reality TV show Celebrity
Duets. Not many people know you can sing.
How did you get the gig?
They rang my agent who said, ‘No, Lucy doesn’t
do reality TV, she can’t stand it, don’t even bother
coming back.’ I didn’t hear about it till my friend
rang me and I said, ‘Are you kidding? I would
totally be interested at the chance to sing with
someone like Smokey Robinson, the greats of
Motown…’. My agents and lawyers were giving
me such a hard time saying, ‘Don’t do it, no-one
will ever take you seriously.’ And I said, ‘I don’t
care! Just make the deal.’ For me it was a really
life affirming choice and the chance to challenge
a phobia of singing. I’d sung as a teenager and
then stopped for a very long time. I did play Rizzo
in Grease which was more like play acting to me.
This was a chance to get through that. I didn’t
think I had any time to waste being neurotic. That
was the impetus to do it. I’m so glad I did.
“I GUESS I DON’T VALUE OTHER
PEOPLE’S OPINIONS OF ME MORE
I GUESS I DON T VALUE OTHER
THAN I DO MY OWN.”
LE S OPINIONS OF ME M
NIONS OF ME M
You got to sing with Dionne Warwick and
Bonnie Tyler – oh my god!!! How’s that! Didn’t we
all do that at thirteen – sing along to Bonnie Tyler!
It was a childhood dream!
Would your Xena fans in Australia be shocked
at your physical transformation?
You know what: I don’t know about appearance.
I never judge other people on their appearance. I
just assume it’s all showbiz. But the one thing I’m
a little disappointed in myself about, and I think
this is something that Xena fans could rightly chide
me about, is that I didn’t tell Marie Osmond to f***
off. (Laughs) After you’ve performed in front of an
audience with Smokey Robinson, for example,
you’re on such a high you can’t even hear what
the judges are saying. But because Marie would
always speak first, I could see her mouth moving
but I didn’t know what she was saying. When I
saw the footage, she was kind of snide about me.
She had a growing problem with me. I wish at the
end I’d said, “Look Marie, you had your chance
sweetheart, just go back to Utah and do what
you do there.” If I’d been a little bit more bolshie I
probably would have won. But I was being a good
guest, which is to be a gracious person.
The crowd seemed to love you.
There were a lot of Xena fans in the audience. I
know a lot of them by face. The ones I’ve come to
know are terrific. These people are amazing and
loyal and I try to be loyal to them.
You’re nothing like Xena any more yet they’re
still with you.
Yeah, how about that.
But you’re still 5 foot ten and a half inches?
(Laughs) Yes, I’m still the same height.
As an actor, is that an obstacle for you?
I think being tall is an obstacle to working in
Hollywood because men don’t want to be seen
with a woman who’s towering over them. Since
most roles are for love interest that can be a
problem. I don’t care, I’m having a wildly great life,
and I never spend a second worrying about what
I can’t have.
Tell us about being blonde.
I have been blonde for the last year and a half. I
would like to go dark again except it’s really hard
to maintain. Because I’m not all about my hair I
find that a pain in the neck.
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