Many thanks to Danielle Kerns & Joseph Connell for the transcript
Transcript of Lucy Lawless interview on WTJM
(105.1 FM New York - Host: Jay Thomas),
Friday, June 22, 2001
Transcribed from recording by Joseph Connell
THOMAS: Xena: The Warrior Princess.(Xena yell) Good morning. How are
you this morning, Lucy?
LAWLESS: Ah, Im rockin.
THOMAS: You must be exhausted, because youre calling stations, talking to
people, because tomorrow is the final episode
THOMAS: of Xena: Warrior Princess.
LAWLESS: Im not exhausted. This is the easiest part of my job. I love
THOMAS: Now, do you do your own stunts on that show?
LAWLESS: Uh, not all of them cause well, do I want to die? No. Itd be
absolutely lethal. Um, no. I do the acting and the fights and some of the
horse riding, but theres a lot of stuff Im just not qualified to do. Im
a total klutz. Have you not heard that?
THOMAS: No, I have not heart that. No
THOMAS: You know, I thought you were an Olympic athlete.
THOMAS: No, Im not kidding.
LAWLESS: I know. Thats the power of editing and fine stunt work, my
THOMAS: Well, youre in terrific shape though, arent you?
LAWLESS: Oh, yeah. Im a bit of doughball now. Ive spent two weeks since
THOMAS: Youre not a doughball.
LAWLESS: sitting on the couch eating chocolate for breakfast. (laughs)
OTHER ANNOUNCER: Well, you deserve it. Youve really been working hard on
this show for six years.
LAWLESS: I choose to believe you.
THOMAS: This is destroying my image of you. I imaged you rock hard at all
times. Uh, Xena, by the way. In every newspaper, youre getting four
LAWLESS: Oh, I know.
THOMAS: from all these hard-bitten, you know, TV writers who use...
LAWLESS: God bless their little cotton socks!
THOMAS: Now, now now let me ask you a question. There have been all sorts
of rumors that you and the you and the whos the little blonde girl in the
show with you?
LAWLESS: The little blonde girl is, uh, Gabrielle played by my dear friend
THOMAS: Now do you guys when you were doing it were you just having fun, uh
making making light perhaps there was a little love affair between you two
because that has made all the, uh, all the papers. And each one of these
papers is saying Are we going to see, uh, the side-kick Gabrielle and of
course Xena get it on in tomorrow nights episode? I mean, are we going to
see anything thats really, um, titillating?
LAWLESS: You know, I, um, I dont know about titillating, cause we never
treated that subject as we never intended it to be titillating
THOMAS: But you had fun with it, didnt you?
LAWLESS: Oh, yeah yeah yeah.
LAWLESS: But, um, I have to say I saw the final cut, all edited together two
LAWLESS: and its just my opinion, but I think they outed my character!
OTHER ANNOUNCER: Really?!
THOMAS: You character has been outed! I think thats great!
LAWLESS: Yeah yeah, I think its fair to say that, well, you know just my
opinion. You make up your own mind.
THOMAS: Well, thats good.
LAWLESS: Thats on WPIX, Saturday at 8.
THOMAS: Thats right. Channel 11. By the way, speaking of you being a
klutz, uh, you were riding a horse on the Tonight Show
LAWLESS: Enough of this sexual innuendo.
THOMAS: No, thats fine. You were riding on the Tonight Show and during
rehearsal is it true the horse fell on you?
THOMAS: No it isnt?
LAWLESS: No, no. We were filming the skit and, um, and going across
concrete and it was a western horse and I ride English and it just not a
marriage made in heaven, and as I pulled the horse to a stop, uh, its feet
skittered out from under it on the concrete and I was thrown clear.
Otherwise I would, um, maybe not be walking.
THOMAS: And what happened to you?
LAWLESS: I broke my pelvis.
OTHER ANNOUNCER: Oh, thats
LAWLESS: Oh, that old thing.
THOMAS: How long did that take to heal?
LAWLESS: You wont be needing that thing anyway.
THOMAS: How long did your pelvis take to heal?
LAWLESS: Oh, not too long. It was only eight days before I stood up because
I refused to use a bedpan. (laughs)
THOMAS: Oh, god.
LAWLESS: And I was youre on this heavy-duty Percased or I dont know what
the hell I was taking, but, um, so anyway after eight days
THOMAS: You walked.
LAWLESS: I walked.
THOMAS: You walked because you refused to use a bedpan. I have heard a lot
of peoples inspiration for getting up out of a wheelchair. Ive never
heard this one before.
OTHER ANNOUNCER: Thats one of the most honest ones weve heard.
THOMAS: What happened to the horse? Was it injured?
LAWLESS: No. The horse was fine, I think.
THOMAS: The horse was fine. What about Jay Leno?
LAWLESS: We took it out anyway.
THOMAS: You took the horse out anyway? Killed the horse anyway. Damn
THOMAS: Did you, uh
LAWLESS: They just dont respond to anything else.
THOMAS: Ha, ha. Well, listen. Thank you so much for being with us. Xena,
LAWLESS: My pleasure.
THOMAS: And what are you going to be doing after this? I mean, I mean
youre not just going to you know stop doing stuff. Are you going to do a
LAWLESS: (singing) Im going to go sing in show business
THOMAS: Hey, by the way, you did Rizzo on Broadway in Grease, right?
THOMAS: Do you remember your song from that?
LAWLESS: There were worse things that I could do.
THOMAS: Could you sing that?
OTHER ANNOUNCER: Oh, yeah.
LAWLESS: Can I sing it, a la Xena?
THOMAS: Okay, sure.
LAWLESS: (Xena voice) There are worse things I can do/Than go with a
girl or two/Even though the neighborhood/Thinks Im trashy and how good/I
suppose it could be true/But there are worse things I could do.
THOMAS: Ladies and gentlemen, Lucy Lawless, thanks for being with us.
Everybody will be watching Channel 11 in New York tomorrow night. Xena:
Warrior Princess, the final episode
LAWLESS: Xena comes out for Gay Pride weekend.
OTHER ANNOUNCER: Cool!
THOMAS: And then, Xena comes out for Gay Pride week. Thanks for being with
LAWLESS: My pleasure.
THOMAS: Okay, thanks a lot.
(Note: I have attempted to transcribe this interview word-for-word,
including all pauses and stutters, and hence, seeming a bit disjointed)
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