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Life after Xena
Renee O'Connor talks Xena, cosplay and the loyalty of those
Xena fans... By Jillian Eugenios.
Just because a show goes o the air that doesn't mean it's nished. Xena:Warrior Princess
might've had its series nale in 2001, but fans have stayed loyal. If not attending
conventions across the globe, avid fans keep the spirit alive through tweets, blogs, slash
c, and the ever-popular fancy dress party.
It was about time Australia got some of that fandom fanaticism. e Armageddon Expo is
coming to Sydney on February 26-27 and Adelaide on March 5-6, bringing fans closer to the
stars behind their favourite characters. Our pick for the event is our beloved Renee O'Connor
who famously played Gabrielle in Xena.
We sat down with her for the inside scoop on what to expect at the expo, and the enduring
qualities of one of our favourite shows.
So you're heading over to the Armageddon Expo. What can you tell us about it?
I am expecting to see a whole group of Xena fans who have never had the opportunity to make
it over the Paci c to our annual Xena convention. It's a great opportunity to meet some new
friends and long-time fans of the show.
They say the Xena: Warrior Princess fandom will never die. Why are fans so loyal?
ere is a connection we have with the fans, unlike any female driven show I see on the air
now. I support the dignity and integrity of our lesbian fans as much as they support my career
a er Xena. ere is a mutual respect and admiration we share, knowing we are on this journey
together to be authentic, real, and respected.
Did you expect Xena to be as successful as it was?
I knew Xena would be popular since I felt it was ground-breaking in showing empowered
women in television, yet I never could have expected the loyalty the fans continue to show us
for nearly two decades! I feel playing Gabrielle gave me the foundation I needed to launch my
own productions, and I hope people will remember me as the person who re ected
the essence of Gabrielle in all that I create.
What else do you see of Gabrielle in yourself today?
Gabrielle had a heart of gold. Even in times of distress she always held a deep love for
Xena. I appreciate her unconditional, loving nature. I do try to hold this attribute
in my own life. I am not a saint, yet I try to stretch myself to be unconditionally
compassionate all the time. It's not always easy, yet I would like to believe I am still here
to grow in my own humanity.
What's coming up for Renee O'Connor?
I am teaching awareness workshops all over the world in 2011. And since you are
probably wondering, 'What the heck is she talking about?' all the information you
would ever want to know you can read at iamaware.info.
See Renee at the Armageddon Expo, in Sydney (Sydney Showground, Homebush) February 26
& 27; and Adelaide (Adelaide Showground) March 5 & 6. Ticket info: armageddonexpo.com
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