Hello there, dear readers!
I let you check it out, I would like to pay my gratefulness to Desyrée
Girão, who intermediated this interview. Without her it would not be
possible...This warrior will be always remembered by our staff, by her
will-power in fighting for the xenites Brazilian ideals.
second thanks I left to Alessandro Chmiel, the warrior translator wich
is always ready to hold the weapons - the dictionary - and come in to
the battle. Alê, I know I almost killed you to pull it out on the
schedule this month, but make sure
that whenever I almost kill you of working, is for the greater good! Everything for the cause! Haha.
have also to pray my thanks to the xenites that helped me to make this
questions' selection Adrianne gently answered, specially to her two big
fans, Vivianni and Luna.
And finally, but not
less important - much on the contrary - we thank to the such friendly
Adrienne for her patience and care to us fans.
The fun follows below!
1 - How did you start the acting career?
I had always been a dancer. When I was 17 I joined a theater group. My
first week with the theater group I met a casting director who offered
me a job on a soap opera in New York. While I didn’t take that
job...the experience confirmed the fact that I loved acting and could
realistically pursue acting as a career. A year later I moved to Los
Angeles to pursue acting full time.
2 – Your career is really diversified: dance, theater, cinema, TV and
now video-games. What comes next? What is Adriane Wilkinson planning to
Much more! I hope that you will see me in future film, television
series, and many more projects. There are tons of new characters I
would like to explore, many additional projects and so many new
adventures I would like to have in my career.
3 – You already worked dubbing in a lot of jobs as Star Wars: The Force
Unleashed. What is best: working with dubbing or with acting as it is
Adrienne no jogo Star Wars: The Force Unleashed como Maris Brood
never done dubbing. (this is re-voicing a previously recorded role). In
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed I was the full performance. I was one of
5 lead actors who’s work was recorded entirely in motion capture, on
film and with voice recording. So in the game, I am Maris Brood – it is
my voice, but also the character is actually me – physically and in the
performance. Its an entirely new kind of technology we used.
But yes, I have also voiced about 40 additional animated characters in
other videogames and additional project. The great part about voice
work is that you can play characters that you wouldn’t otherwise be
able to on screen - any age, any ethnicity, any type.
I love to do voice work – but working on screen is my favorite.
4 – How was the invitation to participate on Xena, Warrior
Princess? You were involved with another project, so how Xena came up
in your life?
I was involved in another project when Xena came along. It was a normal
audition that landed me the job. At first I was able to do both
jobs...but eventually Xena took up so much of my time that I had to
choose. Acting is my first love, so I chose to continue my role on
Xena. It was one of the best experiences of my life.
5 – In the moment you would interpret Livia/Eve, you did know
it was a great role, after all, it was the daughter of Xena. However,
did you have any idea of the grandiosity of the role and about the
series repercussion? How did your opinion regarding Xena change, I
mean, how it was before, during and after the filming, how your own
look of the show has been changed?
I knew very little about the role when I was hired. Production had
intentionally mislead people on the details. It was only after I was
hired and arrived in New Zealand that I was told I was playing the
daughter of Xena. Also I was originally hired for only 3 episodes, but
once they liked my performance, my role was expanded.
I wasn’t very familiar with the show when I was hired. Working on it
was one of my favorite experiences. And I look back on it fondly.
6 – I believe it is a consensus among Xenites that you were
wonderful playing Livia, and she was a greater character in fact. And
regarding Eve there have been scenes such in “Coming Home”, with that
delicious speaking (“You don’t want to make me angry”) and others that
demonstrated a little of the old Livia inside her. How much of the
warrior Livia was still in Eve exactly? Do you think it existed the
possibility of, someday, Eve regress to fight as a warrior, but this
time for the good?
Livia was a great character, and it was wonderful to have such good
feedback. I’ve always felt that he strength of Livia was still lurking
inside of Eve, and that given enough time and discipline, she would
have learned how to use all parts of her personality to fight for good.
I always hated that she had become so meek, but I think she had to as
she was so new to the transitions within her.
- Did you feel comfortable about working with Lucy Lawless, Renée
O’Connor and all those “veterans” when you first arrived in the set?
It was a wonderful cast to work with. Lucy and Renee are both
spectacular. Love them so much. They taught me a ton and were great
examples to follow.
9 – The transformation of Livia-Eve must have been pretty
difficult for you, as an actress. They were both the same person, and
on the other hand with completely different personalities. How was your
Eve’s construction, from the portrait you already had of Livia? There
was some challenge regarding these such distinct emotions each part of
this character had to cross through? Which was the part you liked the
most to interpret?
I was hired to play Livia with no idea that ‘Eve’ existed. It was
definitely difficult for me to switch personalities. I had so much fun
playing Livia – and Eve was far more reserved. It was a great challenge
to do justice to such a variety of characters.
10 – Another point of this transformation is that Livia was
such a strong, determinate, fearless character, to summarize, an
independent woman. But then the transformation happens and Eve is so
emotional dependent, destitute. Did you want to put this in the
character to make a difference between Eve and Livia, or do you think
is was how Eve really was feeling after 25 years without a mother?
I think the answer is that it was a combination. Livia was fearless,
but she also was never given the chance to show her vulnerability. I
think the transformation back to Eve left her destitute and empty in
many ways. She was re-experiencing a childhood she missed out on, and
was slowly figuring out who she was, who she was becoming and just
rebuilding her life. So yes, there had to be a major difference between
the two characters to showcase the diversity of her life and
11 – There are three scenes that lights up a lot of doubts
among XWP fans, I mean, there are more than that; but three in
particular about the “involvement” that happens between Livia/Eve and
Varia (Tsianina Joelson). The first one is that magnificent scene of
Varia’s memory about Livia killing her sister in “Path of Vengeance”.
You two were just amazing. But inside of Livia’s character’s
perspective, do you have any explanation about why Livia did not kill
Varia, neither made her a slave as with the other amazons? This is
really a big curiosity.
I think that as as evil as Livia could be, she still had moments of
humanity that appeared when she least expected. I also think she
admired Varia. And I honestly don’t even think that Livia understands
at that moment why she lets Varia go. In fact, she probably regrets it
soon afterward. But I think that moment shows a spark of grace and
reserve that you see fully realized when she becomes Eve.
12 – The second scene is in “Coming
Home”. In the beginning of the episode, it turns obvious that Varia had
not knowledge Eve was actually Livia, but how about in Eve’s concern?
Did you interpret as if she knew it or she was truly absent-minded
about that amazon in particular?
I imagine Varia never expected to see Livia again, so seeing her out of
context and in such an unexpected way probabaly didn’t register with
her immediately. That or she may have just blocked it out for a while,
as it was such a terrible memory for her.
I also truly think that Livia has killed so many people that she
doesn’t even remember the people she has hurt in her past. It is only
when her memory is sparked that she puts the pieces together again. As
opposed to absent minded, I just think her focus at that point in the
story is so far from her past, that it takes more to connect the dots
in her memory.
13 – Another scene, also in “Coming Home”, was the scene in the
cabin in which Varia and Eve show off to each other. What do you think
they were trying to demonstrate? It was warrior’s proud, it was
something sexual, what do you think it was?
While it was a bit sexy, the scene was all about showing off. It was
about proving strength and superiority. It was bragging and topping the
others accomplishments. I think anyone who shows confidence is sexy –
so that scene shows off both characters and makes them appealing.
114 – Just a few more words about “Path of
Vengeance”. It was the second episode with you and Tsiana Joelson, it
was her again, it was the amazons again, it was Eve having to confront
against her past another time. Did she resolve her problems with Varia?
Making a summary of you two in the episode, in a few words, it was:
face slap – judgment – sentence – forgiven – hugging – and abandonment.
Why was that?
Like many episodes I was part of, we filmed so much that ended up on
the cutting room floor. Sadly there is so much great material, so many
juicy scenes that were lost so that they would fit the time frame of an
episode. Because of those edits, a lot of story has to be filtered down
into just a few moments. I hated how much had to be cut out of Path of
Vengeance. I wish we could see all of what was filmed. I agree that it
seemed very hurried. Originally there was additional material that
supported those story points, so they originally made more sense.
15 – There was any other actor that, just as you did, made part of the
cast only in the last two seasons of XWP which you identified to the
most? Who would be that person and why this proximity?
In terms of actors who worked on the show in only the last two
years....I would have to say Gregg Lee and I were hired at the same
time, so we definitely bonded as we went through the experience of
joining the cast together. Also Tsianina and I got along really well,
and I loved working with her.
- In another interview you said it was great to work with Tsianina
Joelson and you had a lot of fun in the set. But you were playing
characters with a very heavy history, a heavy emotional burden. Did you
talk about that? I mean, what did you talk about, in the shooting
We absolutely talked in depth about our characters histories and how
they would interact because of their past. But also on set we were
working such long hours, that we loved just getting to know each other
and hanging out with everyone on set between scenes.
17 – Some fans will not forgive me if
this question may not be made. Everyone in the series: you, Lucy
Lawless, Renée O’Connor, Tsianina Joelson, Kevin Smith, and so on, all
of you have a huge number of fans here in Brazil. Could you comment a
little bit about working with them? Is that something you learned from
Sure, I learned something from every actor I worked with on the show.
It was a lovely group full of such beautiful people. Lucy taught me
about discipline on set – she was a great leader and always gave 100%
and always had a great time too. Renee is incredibly generous as an
actor – she is wonderful to work opposite of and she was a great
example when learning fight scenes, Tsianina is a really joyful person
who was so fun to work with- and also an amazing fighter. Kevin was one
of the funniest people I’ve worked with. I worked with him a lot in my
first couple of days, and he always made me comfortable, even when I
was nervous. Ted was also so funny to be around, and he always told
18 – One of the most interesting scenes
was the one inside the temple in “Eve”, in the conversion from Livia to
Eve. It is pretty dramatic, but did not end without being a little
comic, in my opinion. We make jokes here, once in a while, that people
need to “see the light”. Because you were Livia in a moment with the
strength, the passion for power, blood thirst and fury, and the next
second she (Livia) says: “What have I done?”. I mean, it is SUCH a
dramatic transformation and it happened just with a light shine. When
you read how the scene would be, how did you react? And how was your
preparation to it?
You never know what a scene will look like with the special effects
incorporated. But I knew it had the potential to be a really moving
scene. While the transition could seem easy from the outside, the truth
is that the light was just the beginning. The actual change came
because of what the light showed to her. The history...her past, her
heritage and what brought her into being. I think it allowed her to be
vulnerable, or just reached places that she never allowed herself to
examine. Seeing the truth so plainly is what allowed her to have a
change of heart and to rediscover ‘Eve’. While from the outside it was
just a moment...in the light it was her whole lifetime, and even before
– her entire creation and history.
19 – Livia’s fashion plate was truly very beautiful: it was the cape,
the armor that was very well elaborated and, of course, the helmet. Was
it uncomfortable to acting in fight scenes dressing so many clothes?
Were they a trouble in any scene?
I LOVED Livia’s wardrobe, but yes it was a pain. It took more than a
1/2 and hour just to get dressed because it was such a complicated
costume. It also weighed about 15 pounds which made it harder to fight
in. The cape was always in the way, but I always wanted to wear it
because it was so dynamic on screen.
20 – You did not like to see yourself on the screen. It remains until today, or it had change?
Its not that I don’t like it...its just a very strange experience. I
never like to see something for the first time with an audience. I
always prefer to see it by myself if possible. And I rarely watch
anything multiple times. While I’m always proud of the work, I judge it
harshly always looking for things I feel would make a performance even
better. I’m a bit of a perfectionist.
21 – Adrienne, what was your reaction when you first read the script of
“You Are There”, with Eve showing a side of hers a little “unlike”?
I laughed out loud. I love that episode, and I was so excited to get to
give Eve a bit of a backbone again. It was so much fun to film.
22 – Livia called Gabrielle by “auntie Gabrielle”, but how do
you believe Eve felt about Gabrielle? After all the time of
acquaintance and episodes such as “Who is Gurkan”, “Haunted Amphipolis”
and “Path of Vengeance”?
I wish the relationship between Eve and Gabrielle could have been
explored more. I think it was a very complicated range of emotions they
both felt. And I think they changed as time went on. I think at moments
Eve loved Gabrielle, I think at moments she was jealous and at moments
they were just trying to learn about and understand each other.
23 – Even being a crucial character to the series, some XWP
fans say that Eve just appeared in the show to spoil the Xena &
Gabrielle’s relationship. What is your opinion about it?
I find it sad whenever anyone says that, because it means they missed a
major theme of the show. The entire reason for Eve’s existence was that
it was forcing Xena to relive her past again. It was in parallel with
the major theme of the show...redemption. No matter how much Xena tried
to be good, she had a past of evil that she was trying to overcome and
reconcile. Watching her daughter relive her same history was a major
lesson for Xena. I thought it was a beautifully crafted part of the
show that allowed Xena to examine her life and how it effects all of
those around her. The fact that she also dealt with daughter and
relationship issues along the way just added another level to the show.
24 - What’s your opinion about the so-called subtext in Xena Warrior Princess?
Some people see it plainly, and some people don’t see it at all. I
think its all about perspective and what different audiences are
examining more closely. I love that so many different types of people
have such a connection to the show. So many people get different
experiences and different emotional journeys while watching the same
25 - What do you think of New Zealand? Do you miss it?
New Zealand is a wonderful country. I recommend that anyone who gets
the chance to go – goes immediately. The people are so lovely and so
nice to be around. And the country is one of the most beautiful places
I’ve ever seen or ever been to. You can see so much in such a short
amount of time. Beaches – white and black sand-, forests, cities,
farms, caves, mountains...just about everything you could want to see
is in this tiny little country.
26 – How is your relationship with the fans when the subject is
Livia/Eve? Not only XWP fans, but your own fans too, do they use to
comment about this character? And about YOUR relation with the
character, is there some aspect of her which you feel identification?
I think in general most fans of XWP loved Livia and liked Eve. And most
fans of mine are also familiar with my work on XWP and love how
different it is from anything else I’ve done. It was such a wonderful
experience and I think that everyone can see how much joy it gave me,
and what a diverse experience I had with the cast, crew, stunts and
just learning to sink my teeth into such characters and events.
27 – We just want to say how we appreciate the opportunity of
interviewing you, how much we enjoyed your participation in XWP, and
how kind you are to answer all of our questions. We, Xenites, wish only
the best for you. So what are your future projects? Will you appear in
another series, maybe movies, what do you have to tell us?
Of course, you’re welcome. Thank you for your interest, and thank you
so much for continuing to follow my career. I have so many things that
I hope to do in the future, and I am so lucky to have so many amazing
fans, that keep up with me, and will hopefully follow me to new
I have a few new things in the works, but the most current one is Alpha
Protocol a videogame that will be released this spring. I play Mina
Tang the lead female. The game is similar to the Bourne Identity movies
– international spys and poitical espionage etc.
I will post more informaton on my other projects when I can. You can always visit www.adriennewilkinson.com and www.myspace.com/adriennewilkinson
for the latest updates. I also want to mention that every year I host a
charity auction where I donate all of my entertainment memorabilia to
raise funds for families dealing with medical emergencies. I hope
everyone will participate in those. Also, all merchandise sales from my
website, go to support charity as well. My next auction will be in
conjunction with ausxip.com in just a few weeks. I hope everyone will check it out and participate!
28 - When do you think you are going to attend another Xena Con? If
there was a Xena Convention in Brazil, would you come to visit us?
Of course, I would love to attend an event in Brazil! I would jump at
the chance. There are so many amazing fans from Brazil that I would
love to meet in person. Xena conventions are so much fun, and the fans
and cast always love them. I hope to see you all at one in the future!