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NZ TV Guide

March 2005

Transcript by Mark Allen

"Cold Case's Kathryn Morris came to New Zealand to kick butt
- Lucy Lawless' butt to be precise.

In 1998, the petite blonde had a fantastic time in New Zealand playing Najara in the television cult favourite, Xena: Warrior Princess.

Kathryn says she didn't realise until she arrived here that her character was able to do something most guest stars couldn't. Everyone told her "This is a really big deal, You get to kick Xena's butt."

This was no mean feat for the American girl who was taken aback the first time she stood face to face with the Xena costumed Kiwi actress.

Kathryn says she thought "Wow, You're a tall girl."

Not deterred, the American threw herself into the action scenes, a challenge for someone who insists she is not athletic, and is much more at home playing the sardonic Detective Lilly Rush on Cold Case.

"I was using muscles that I'd never had to use in my life, like the muscle on the back of my arms for hacking somebody's head off."

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