"I once worked for a gold mining company, running through
the desert, working the compass and jumping over snakes and lizards.
It was kind of cool."
"I don't want to be 50 and walking around in my leather skirt,
saying 'Hey, remember me?'"
"If you wanna know what the weather's like - just look out
"I was a tomboy. My mother said I didn't know I was a girl
until I was eight. Nobody told me!"
"You can either sit in a room and sulk or get off your backside
and do something about your life."
"People tell me I look smaller and younger and prettier in
person, which is a way of saying that on TV, I look older, fatter
and uglier. Right?"
"Treat everyone the same until you find out they're an idiot.";
quotes = "Unless they're extremely drunk, men won't approach
me. I've only been asked out twice in 10 years - by Troy the refrigerator
man and Donald Trump who asked me out for a drink."
"I've got a good kick, I can throw a punch and I've learnt
not to cry."
"I met so many women and girls who feel, to use their word
and I'm a bit embarrassed, but it's a good word - empowered, by
watching Xena. I realised this isn't a burden - it's an honour."
"When people meet me for the first time they often are disappointed.
They think I'm a giant and that I have to bend to get into a room
and they think I have huge breasts. Not true at all. The secret
is that we use small people for the other roles."
"Superman's a nerd. Xena will beat him within a minute. She
would say 'Look, somebody stole your cape' and then she puts him
back in the phone booth."
"There is a Playstation game of Xena but I'm not good at it.
I always walk into walls and stuff."
"Stars always complain that their action figure do not resemble
them at all. What a crap! I'm really proud of the fact that there
is a mini Xena in the stores. I even gave my daughter one."
"I jumped from a helicopter once. That was a 250 meter fall
but I wasn't really impressed. When you're hanging that high above
ground you don't feel like you're looking death in the eye. Unfortunately.
I'd rather jump from bridges."
"The chakram is my favorite weapon! You can do lots of things
with it: shave your legs, clean the fish, slit someone's throat,
draw a perfect circle... you can even wear it on your head."
"You've got to be careful what you wish for."
"Unco was my nickname in school. It's short for uncoordinated.
I sucked at sports. I always was the last one to be chosen for softball
"I tried to make it in the US but I never succeeded. I never
got a normal part because they thought I was too tall."
"Women can be as badass as any man ever was."
"I'm very happy my character (Xena) fills a niche. I hadn't
realised there was a shortage of strong female role models. If I
help women to feel strong and confident, that's fine with me."
"Feel the fear and do it anyway."
"It seems totally natural to me that women are equal to but
different to men. I never questioned that it was any other way."
"I want to do something that makes a difference. I want to
be part of something that either makes people laugh or makes people
think and feel. I don't want to do anything in between"
"I have always had a kind of New Age philosophy that good
things come out of bad packages. Everything happens for a reason.
"I'm not a sex symbol in my own house. I'm boring old Mom."
"In a modern world, Xena would be classified as having Attention
Deficit Disorder and put on Ritalin."
"We (New Zealanders) live at the edge of the world, so we
live on the edge. Kiwis will always sacrifice money and security
for adventure and challenge."
"I gave Xena every ounce of everything I had. It wasn't just
the acting. There was a lot of other baggage that came with it."
"You always strive for excellence, because to aim for anything
else is a waste of life."
"Xena is a woman who doesn't rely on a man for help, and that's
a good message for us all."
"I can't complain about my bank account but I don't do anything
weird. I've always been an economical girl. When I grew up my father
was a mayor. And I always thought that he had to pay for all the
water that was used in town. When children at my school let the
water running I said 'Stop it! You're wasting my father's water!'"
"In 1989 I became Miss New Zealand but that's not a title
I'm proud of. Let's just say I was 19 and very stupid"
"I went to nun school for a year. That was kind of fun but
I never really thought they were actual women. With those long dresses,
I always was wondering if they had legs or not"
"I auditioned once in school for Shakespeare's Merry Wives
of Windsor, and I didn't want to go for the woman's role because
she was goofy, young and stupid. I wanted to play the guy, and I
knew I could pull it off, because it was a comic role."
"I remember when my father told me that men could jump longer
in the long jump than girls. It was a shocking revelation to me.
I thought I could run just as fast and jump just as high. And the
rest of my life l've been trying to prove that."
"Rizzo (in Grease) was a tough chick. I spent nine days rehearsing
for the role and then I woke up the next morning after the opening
night and I screamed. I thought, 'Oh my God, I've got to do that
same script 64 more times! It's like the movie Groundhog Day!"
"I realized at a very young age I would die and that really
scared the hell out of me. So I learned to go for it and take the
"I think the show's popularity among women stems from the
fact that Xena carries the message 'Yes I can' in both her actions
and her demeanour. 'Yes I can,' all alone, with no visible means
of male support... we haven't had this kind of role model in the
popular media for quite some time, and not ever in episodic television."
"It's ridiculous how much attention the media pays to supermodels
and silicon-inflated women. They aren't real - they're terrible
male fantasies. Girls who look up to Xena can at least see that
they don't have to correspond to the preposterous fashion magazine
images that make girls anorexic."
"Nothing makes me angrier than someone who is no good at their
job. If you're no good at it, or don't like it, then go and do something
else, but don't waste my time and money."
"You can't be looking at external factors to shore up your
own soul. That just doesn't happen - it all comes from within."
"I'm a computer retard. I don't have the time to learn. I
don't even own one. Besides, I'd be a bit shy about the Internet.
You don't know what people are saying about you. I have friends
who keep me posted and messages often get through to me."
"Did you know that women in New Zealand had the vote before
other women anywhere else in the world? We're strong because it
was a hard land to colonise."
"The whole fame thing makes me giggle. I just roll with the
"I am a woman's woman. I love hanging out with women."
"I enjoy playing a woman with a masculine bent, a woman you
can have a beer with. Xena is threads of my character taken to extremes."
"What I've learnt is that you have to surrender to everything
that you can't change in life. If you can't be together with the
ones you love you have to learn to love the ones you're with. Appreciate
the input of other people. Otherwise you will become really unhappy."