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    • Renee: I remember when Rob (Tapert) was first trying to get Xena off of the ground, I wasn't actually with him, but I remember it was just fresh, that we were the underdogs, no one was expecting very much of us, and it's just incredible to see what's happened since then. We' re probably on the preface of some sort of revolutionary role for women.

    • Renee O'Connor: (when talking at a "Xena" convention about Gabrielle's "peacenik" phase) You didn't like that, did you? I did.

    • Renee: (when she heard that Lucy Lawless had gone to a fashion show in drag) Who would have thought of that? I'd probably do it, but I wouldn't have thought of it. I think that's brilliant, living large.

    • Renee: (on directing) I think the joy of wanting to direct is having that nervous anxiety knowing your film is abot to be shown and you're sitting right there with everyone. You're going to hear the response. To me that's a scary feeling I need to address.

    • Renee O'Connor: Now any time I see a show that has action, I can't help but see things we used to do (on Xena) and how it works. It's like the magic isn't there anymore. Like when you go to a magic show and you know how they do the illusions. That's how I am when I watch any movies where they have people flying through the air.

    • Renee O'Connor: I remember (playing) Gabrielle hitting a tree (with her staff) during "The Geater Good". They kept giving me more and more staffs to hit the tree 'cuz I kept bending them. I can't remember who ws directing- it's like another lifetime- but he kept saying, 'Go until you can't go anymore.' Well, I kept going and they were running out of staffs. They were worried, too. I was on the last one.

    • Renee O'Connor: Maybe they say they do but I don't think many actors really enjoy trying to do a Shakespearean play. I find that actors who are wanting to pursue tv or films don't seem to have much interest in classical theatre.

    • Renee O'Connor: (on playing Gabrielle) I don't think she ever felt fear of Xena or Xena's history. And that is one of the things that probably made her warm and inviting to Xena. She was one of the few people who wasn't afraid of her.

    • Renee O'Connor: (on her acting life after "Xena") I just want to sit somewhere in an office and speak with some real clothes on.

    • Renee O'Connor: (about her six years on "Xena") More than anything, I learned about my own level of tolerance and perseverance. How to get through six years of physically demanding work. It's been a great film school, but also personal training. I remember telling one of the people who was there that last day that it was like boot camp. And in many ways it was. We're out there working in the rain and the mud and the cold. It brings out the strength you have within yourself to keep going. That was really good for me to learn.

    • Renee O'Connor: (referring to her first time directing on "Xena") There's a joke they play on first time directors here. At lunch on the first day, the producers bring them an airline ticket and say 'The first day you get behind schedule, you're outta here.' I kept waiting to get my ticket.

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