The hour started with Sean Harry, the announcer/organiser,
explaining that Adrienne [pronounced Adrian]
had a bad cold but would carry on regardless.
She apologised for her voice.
Did you like playing Livia?
Adrienne hated the Livia costume - it was always falling to pieces.
Her first day was on monstrous - while she was fighting Kevin Smith
her pants fell down.
She enjoyed working with Kevin - she laughed
I'm talking about it like it's some horrible chore.
How did you get the part?
The part was originally cast NOT as Xena's daughter.
The Livia audition was a couple of scenes with Ares.
They had been looking for a whole month for someone.
They had called Adrienne twice, but she had previous commitments.
Did you deliberately base Livia's fight moves on Callisto's?
Adrienne studied 3 episodes - she admits didn't watch it before she got
the part. The episodes featured:
Adrienne gave full credit to the choreographer,
who inserted Xena and Callisto moves.
- Evil Xena
- Evil Callisto
- Baby Eve
Do they cast shorter people in supporting roles?
Adrienne did notice that she's inches shorter than Hudson and Lucy.
In one scene Adrienne had to throw props, and they broke -
there were only 3 of them, so they only had 3 takes.
Is it fun being villainous?
Yes! TPTB made Eve very pacifist, but sometimes Adrienne
makes Eve more aggressive in the voice-over.
How do you find the fights?
They were terrifying at first, now they're physically exhausting.
Joxer's death scene was hilarious.
The sun made his make-up melt - it took 3 hours to put on.
Ted was surrounded by people with sun-shades and fans.
When it came to shoot the scene, Ted ran at Adrienne but kept tripping.
How did you do the scene where you are stabbed?
Renee scratched Adrienne's back to let her know when to act like
she had been stabbed. When shooting stopped, they discovered
Adrienne's back was covered in scratches.
Will Eve get any fight scenes?
Eve can fight, but has no weapon - she should have something.
How did you like working with the spider?
It took a whole extra day to get used to it.
They told Adrienne It'll have its own trailer.
There was even a spider wrangler - it is an endangered species.
If the spider is nervous it will jump - Adrienne had to MOVE it, and
had to cup her hands over it.
The problem was, the spider was so light she didn't know if it was
still in her hands, or if it had jumped away or if she had squished it.
And she had to shoot the scene several times.
Adrienne expected the difficult stuff would be CGI and stunt-
doubles, eg burning set, dragged around desert.
She had to do it herself.
Her hair got caught in the 4x4 that was dragging her.
She shouted Stop, the cameraman went Yeah! That's great!
There's something they call the Montage of Eve's misery
- in the desert.
They had a wind machine that blew sand into directly into Adrienne's face.
There was a nurse on set to flush her eyes between takes.
However, sand came out of her eyes for days later.
Her skin had sand embedded in it.
What was your favourite scene?
Adrienne's favourite scene was the Eve intro where she sacks a village
and decapitates someone. There were buckets of blood -
literally - and lots of splatter. It was censored for USA TV.
She chopped the guy's neck off-screen [they used a head of
cabbage] and someone used a syringe filled with blood to
shoot a stream of blood past her.
What are the actors like in person?
Lucy brings snacks to set.
Renee's very supportive.
Kevin Smith is very funny and self-depreciating
Everyone's good, so everyone is relaxed.
Every episode filmed that year is out of order.
Will there be an Eve spin-off series?
There are rumours of an Eve spin-off series -
but no truth to it. yet.
Despite the gruelling regime of episodic TV [1 episode per week],
Adrienne would love to sign up for 5-7 years!
Xena is filmed with a non-union crew - they work from 7am
to 7pm. The actors work 14 hours per day.
Were there any big problems shooting the show?
THAT scene - 11 mins long! Nice idea ... didn't work out too well.
They shot for DAYS, then the Second unit shot for DAYS!
Livia's horse, Blackie, was a recently-retired race-horse.
Filming was difficult - a horse can't hit a mark!
Somehow the horse knew the word "action", and bolted every time the
director said it. In the end he had to use a different word!
You don't see the horse from the shoulders down because
there are wranglers holding its feet.
Will you get to do a Musical episode?
There is a studio rumour that Season 6 is Drama only, not Comedy or
Have you still got the Livia costume?
After the last episode Adrienne and her costume lady
destroyed the hated Livia outfit!
Is there an Eve & Virgil romance?
They are only in 2 episodes together, with no romantic involvement.
The fact that she killed his father is a bit of a turn-off.
Eve is jealous of Gabby's relationship with Xena, her mother.
What is Rob Tapert like?
Robert Tapert is very laid-back.
He reminds Adrienne of her dad - it's a midwestern thing.
He's very unlike LA people.
How is your music career going?
Adrienne's music career is still bubbling under.
Did anyone explain Eve's parentage?
No, it wasn't relevant.
The show's Producers are impressed by the fanbase and the worldwide
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