One of the biggest challenges for Hudson while working on Xena: Warrior Princess was when Xena and Callisto switched bodies in the episodes "Intimate Stranger", with Leick playing Xena, while Lucy Lawless played Callisto, and when Hudson played Xena in "Ten Little Warlords".
"That was a lot of pressure because it is her show - she is the lead. The audience wants to see Lucy Lawless, not Hudson Leick, as Xena, and I was aware of that," Leick said in an interview. "It's not my character, not even my idea of what the character would be like - it's somebody else's portrayal of the character, so I have to copy that and stay true to that." Lucy and Hudson studied one another so that they could play each other's characters convincingly. "We followed each other around, we listened to each other. We would both say lines like how I would say it, like, "Xeeennna," and she would go, "Xeeennna." Discovering each other and trying to copy each other was a lot of fun." Doing it on camera, however, "was a completely different matter." Leick found it much easier to play Xena when her co-star was on the set during "Intimate Stranger" than when had to miss shooting due to her fractured hip for the episode "Ten Little Warlords". She says of her attempts to imitate Lawless' characterization of Xena, "I didn't have the freedom to do the things that I wanted to do; everything I was doing was very planned."
Hudson appeared as Callisto in six out of ten all-time classic Xena episodes, according to fan votes. The episodes were "Callisto", "Return of Callisto", "Maternal Instincts", "The Bitter Suite", "Sacrifice Pt 2", and "The Ides of March".
Hudson was asked to be extra careful not to make contact during her fight scenes with Lucy Lawless in the Xena episode "The Sacrifice Part 2" because Lucy was getting married soon and didn't want any bruises.
Hudson performed as Xena in Callisto's body during two episodes of Xena: Warrior Princess. Hudson playing Xena was done to cover for the lack of Lucy Lawless after her riding accident while taping the The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on October 8, 1996. The first episode ("Intimate Stranger") originally had the two switching bodies back at the end, but was adapted to incorporate the body switch at the last minute. She continued playing Xena in the next episode, "Ten Little Warlords", without ever being in character as Callisto in the episode.
Hudson is 5'7 3/4", with blond hair and hazel eyes.
Besides acting and yoga, Hudson's interests include astrology and salsa dancing.
Hudson's theater credits include:
The Hot L Baltimore "Suzy", Neighborhood Playhouse
Our Town "Emily", Nazareth College Main Stage
A Midsummer Night's Dream "Hippolyta", Nazareth College Main Stage
Eating Mangoes "Bambette", The Main Street Playhouse
Not By Bed Alone "Vivian", Penfield Players
Said the Spider to the Spy "Julia", Penfield Players
Head writer RJ Stewart refused to write the pivotal fourth season Xena episode "The Ides of March" until he was told whether or not Hudson would be available to play the role of Callisto in the episode, since her character was so important to how he wanted the story to be told.
When asked to return for the season four episode "The Ides of March" on Xena, Hudson agreed to do so if she could wear a different costume than her usual leather mini-skirt and sports bra. The producers agreed, dressing her in a long white robe.
Hudson was teased in high school, given the nickname "Junk". She says the boys who teased her helped create her Xena: Warrior Princess character Callisto in a way, because Callisto is the way she is because of how she's hurt inside.
She auditioned for the role of Seven Of Nine on Star Trek: Voyager. "I didn't have my heart in it," she says ofher audition, which she went to mostly because her sister wanted to see her in the part. Given her choice of any role on a Star Trek series, she would choose to play a Q- "they're not gods, but they are omnipotent."
Leick was ranked #15 in Wizards magazine's "Sexiest Women On TV" in March, 2008.
Hudson is very active with the James Ellis Foundation and participates in their charity breakfasts.
Hudson can be seen in Tru Calling's opening credits.
Hudson has stated that the main reason she went for the role of Callisto was so she could travel to New Zealand.
Hudson once worked as a makeup artist for a year.
Hudson studied kung fu for her role as Callisto on Xena: Warrior Princess.
Hudson has stated that she had never seen an episode of Xena: Warrior Princess before auditioning for the part of Callisto.
Hudson was the voice of Jennifer Tate in the video game Primal.
Hudson was the voice of Lady Leisen in the video game Lords of Everquest.
Hudson specializes in Hath and Kundalini yoga,and a modified version of Ashtanga yoga. She also practices Kriya Yoga.
Hudson has stated that her favorite color is purple.
Hudson studied Vipassana meditation in Nepal.
Hudson is a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse school for acting in New York City.
Hudson has a pet Chihuahua named Griffin.
Hudson was once a model in Japan.
Hudson appeared in 5 episodes of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, as Callisto and Producer Liz Friedman. She was meant to return for the sixth season episode "Be Deviled" as the irredeemable bad guy who attempts to prevent her sister from following in her footsteps in evil, but the producers felt that this would conflict with Callisto's conversion in "Fallen Angel", so they created a new character named Xerxos for the story.
Hudson appeared in 13 episodes of Xena: Warrior Princess, as 12 as Callisto and one as Xena trapped within Callisto's body. She is officially credited for 12 episodes, with the 13th being archive footage shown in the fifth season episode "Eve".
Hudson's last name is pronounced "like."
Hudson runs Healing Hearts Yoga, Inc. in Los Angeles, California.
Hudson: (on the decision to play up a sexual tension between Callisto and Xena) I love that - it makes it so much more exciting for me. Lucy will say, 'Okay, let's flirt.' That's what we do. It is just a big flirt. It's seduction, except it is life or death. It's exciting, it's fun.
Hudson: (on playing Callisto) I love being a villain.. It's like a little kid's dream. All of my demons balled up, screaming... I am a three-year-old throwing a fit, and everyone's saying, 'Yeah!'
Hudson: (on playing Callisto on "Xena") I try not to take any of this too seriously. How seriously can I take myself in a black leather metal-studded bikini with a giant sword in my hand?
Hudson: Aaron Spelling has been good to me, and I only say that because it's true, both with University Hospital and Melrose. But I have to say that I find no love on Melrose Place. I don't mind playing evil characters, but everybody's screwing everybody else's somebody on Melrose, and behind the scenes there's a lot of egos colliding. It made me feel uncomfortable and I could never be a part of that whole scene.
Hudson: (referring to her character on "Xena: Warrior Princess") There wouldn't be a scene with Callisto without the rocks.
Hudson: I love doing Callisto. It's therapy. I mean, wouldn't you love it if you got to scream and yell and you got to fight people and you got a sword and no one yelled at you?!