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What’s your natural colour?
Ash blonde, which is what we used to call
mousey. (Laughs) Tawny mouse!
Xena was a welcome portrayal of female
strength – how much did you put into the
aesthetic of warrior princess?
The costume was about functionality. It took
us ages to get the bugs out of it and make
it workable for a stunting life. But I had a lot
of input into Xena’s colouring: the dark hair. I
wanted her to be like Gabriella Sabatini; and
bronzed, like those statues in Madrid. My
hair did stay like that for a while … whatever.
Who cares? The hair conversation: Americans
always want to talk about the hair! But being
from Australia or New Zealand, talking about
your looks is like – what???
Readers might wonder why you look like
you do on our cover!
Are you putting me on the cover? Oh, good
on you, mate!
What do you think attracts lesbians to
(Thinks) I don’t know. If I have to guess I think
because I’m a pretty courageous person. It
seems to be that the things that scare me I
move towards, rather than run away from. I
think that when you’re somebody who does
things even though they scare you there’s a
certain honesty that comes with that. I think
[lesbians] can relate to someone without
artifice. They’re not really relating to my hair
– put it that way.
Xena was strong and courageous, but
also funny. Is it true you were the class
That’s how I could get by. I could skive off
if I was funny. And it happened really by
accident. The teacher was Miss Moss, and
I was nattering away to somebody, and the
teacher said, “Are you listening Lucy Ryan,
are you listening? Lucy Ryan!” And I looked
up and said, “I’m sorry Miss Moss, I wasn’t
listening, what was that?” And everybody
laughed. And she laughed. And I got away
with it. I learned that I didn’t necessarily have
to bow to authority if I was funny. And that
started a whole chain of events of getting
away with things just because you could tell
a good joke. I come from a family with a lot
of boys – a very quick-witted family and pretty
damned funny so you had to be quick on your
feet to not get pummelled.
Does being a Kiwi set you apart from the
women of Hollywood?
Yes. We are quite a different breed. We’re
quite low maintenance, and active and strong
and don’t wait for somebody to do things for
you. I’m not waiting for somebody else to make
my dreams come true. And I think that’s something
that’s really got me through a lot in Hollywood. The
impetus has to start with you.
How does a no-nonsense antipodean function
LA is like being on a treadmill all the time. So I often
come back to New Zealand, fall apart, and get sick
because I can. It’s kind of delicious, really. Get fat,
relax a bit then you get back to LA, immediately drop
ten pounds. It’s something about being there.
What is your health fix?
Yoga, running, hiking’s my thing and that’s plenty.
I’m not a gym girl.
You appear at Dinah Shore Weekend in March.
I’m singing on the Friday night. It’s a really great way
to commune with the fans in a very joyous setting.
It’s a great celebration. It’ll be good. My lesbian fans
have been extremely loyal and great friends as well.
I hope they feel it’s reciprocated.
When will you be back in Australia or do we
have to go to Palm Springs?
I would love to come to Aussie – I just need a reason
to go, and an event so I can carve out time in my
What are your future career plans?
I have no idea but I think that’s what I like. Knowing
where I’m going to be in seven years time would
depress me. Some people like that stability. I need
things to be spicy, mixed up and just an adventure.
I’m going to Africa this year with World Vision. All of
this is just part of this thing people call a career. I
just call it my life.
LUCY & DINAH
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