‘Xena’ stars Lawless, O’Connor reunite on TV after 20 years


Xena and Gabrielle are collectively once more in New Zealand — albeit in a modern-day setting.

Lucy Lawless and Renee O’Connor, who performed Xena and her loyal sidekick Gabrielle within the iconic collection “Xena: Warrior Princess,” have reunited for the Season 2 finale of “My Life Is Murder,” Lawless’ whimsical collection on Acorn TV.

It’s the primary time they’ve appeared collectively on-camera since “Xena” resulted in 2001. “My Life Is Murder” is shot in New Zealand, as was “Xena,” which aired in syndication from 1995-2001.

“I had this in mind for Season 1 and was really miffed when we didn’t pull it off,” stated Lawless, 53, who spoke to The Post together with O’Connor. “But within the second season, we moved … and the New Zealanders actually received it.

“They understand how important this is, how the reunion would be a boon to the show and therefore a boon to the tourism industry. Getting us together for the first time in 20 years is a big deal and they made it happen. I’m so grateful to them.”

Lucy Lawless and Renee O’Connor in a 1999 episode of “Xena: Warrior Princess.”
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In the episode, premiering Oct. 25, personal investigator Alexa Crowe (Lawless) and her crew look into the suspicious loss of life of a self-help group chief. A main suspect? His spouse, Clarissa (O’Connor), who knew about his randy trysts together with his mistress.

“Literally, this was just about working with Lucy again, and what a dream,” stated O’Connor, 50, who final appeared on community tv in a 2008 episode of “Criminal Minds.”

“I used to be very nervous — it’s been a number of years since I’ve been on an precise set — however Lucy introduced me in [beforehand] to look at the surroundings, and it’s only a charming, loving scenario topped by a manufacturing that Lucy created … so the nerves went away. They’re such a pleasant group of individuals.

“It didn’t feel abnormal at all,” O’Connor stated. “Working again with Lucy is what made it feel like I just left New Zealand in some capacity. It felt so normal and right that my nerves did go away quickly once we started filming and working together again.”

“It was effortless, amazingly,” Lawless stated. “Granted, Renee hadn’t been on a set shortly however you possibly can not inform. Even although we have been enjoying totally different roles in a special nation in fashionable clothes … all that stuff made no distinction.

“It was like we had never stopped.”

Lucy Lawless and Renee O’Connor on the set of “My Life Is Murder.”
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O’Connor and Lawless shot their scenes within the thick of the COVID pandemic. “I went through two weeks [of quarantining] and when I came out they found an extra five-day window while I was on hold,” O’Connor stated “It was perfect for me and I was very fortunate, because I was able to return to America to a project I had waiting for me — and had [the episode] been pushed a bit longer it would have been much more challenging to figure out how to juggle it all.”

O’Connor has spent the vast majority of her skilled lifetime of late working within the theater. “The project I simply completed earlier than COVID began was ‘Macbeth,’” she said. “I produced it and played Lady Macbeth for a small theater company I just started and it was our premiere production before the shutdown. Fortunately, I was able to apply some of the aspects of that character to Clarissa for the role they created for Lucy’s present.

“I’d like to do both [theater and television],” she stated. “They’re similar in delivering the environment into a community that connects people and reminds them what it means to be human. I would love to be on a television show for the opportunity to live on a larger scale of life and the visibility of it all, which just feeds into the fluidity of being able to produce theater.”

O’Connor’s guest-starring position on “My Life Is Murder” is, probably a one-time deal — however Lawless stated she envisions the 2 of them working collectively once more, in some capability, sooner or later.

“We’re always talking about it,” she stated. “Renee came and helped me shoot a tiny little project I was working on, and I just realized how tight we are as a duo — so, yes, we will work together again. I’ve got to go and hopefully shoot another season of ‘My Life Is Murder’ … but we’ll figure it out.”