ORBzine - Adrienne Wilkinson [Sunday]
What's it like working with Michael Hurst?
One night after filming in NZ, Adrienne went to the theatre. The theatre cast were, well, okay. However, the actress in the Bernadette Peters role [a witch] who had a great voice, and kept the musical together. She told Michael Hurst the next day, and he cried. The actress was his wife!
He's really creative, and has great visual ideas. The punch scene - he needed new pants, because of the grass stains. His idea was that he jumped off a 3-ft apple box, and landed on his back.
Eve wore the rag costume because she gave up all worldly goods. The episode that was the 9th filmed but first shown, coming home, she wore the rags in the Alps! It was wide-weave burlap that caught on EVERYTHING! Hurst directed Who's Gurkhan?, and started with a wide-shot on everyone going to Gabby's house. Adrienne got caught on the gate. Greg turned and helped. Lucy turns, sees the confusion and calls - What are you DOING? M. Hurst [a mile away] shouts CUT!
How would you write Eve?
The task of messenger would be retained, but more realistic. Adrienne always played Eve as an addict, afraid to pick up a weapon in case she couldn't put it down again. Livia was THAT skilled, with THAT history - she can't not miss it.
What's it like playing a Fury?
They filmed too much in Motherhood, lots of it was cut.
What was up with Eve and Varia?
What's your favourite audition?
What are your favourite lines?
We don't have to do this.
Livia's basically a snotty, out-of-control brat.
What did Eve/Livia think about Xena & Gabby?
Adriene was disappointed it was never explored. Eve was so desperate for family she accepted it instantly. She's so devout and religious she's afraid of disappointing her mother. At the beginning she was ridiculously jealous.
When the cast returned to film the show after the summer hiatus, Lucy Lawless said Treat it like a year and a half. It changes the relationship, and simplifies things.
Does the costume influence the portrayal?
The Livia costume and posture were better, and she swaggered. The original fitting was brief. She never had a costume built from scratch before. It looked like a cheerleader skirt [before the armour and pants were ready]. She loved the costume, and wasn't so completely self-conscious.
She wasn't used to having cleavage, it gave her some fun little toys to play with.
How much of Eve is Callisto?
How did you feel about the Cursing scene?
What would you change about the last episode?
She liked the last episode, and was very proud of it - almost to tears. It was extraordinary that it affected them.
Has work on "Xena" affected your life?
Adrienne got to work with weather machines, multiple cast members, and they had a new location every time. There were challenges and experiences.
If you weren't in "Xena", what would you be doing?
At the Pasedena Con she was asked if she wanted a singing or acting career. She wouldn't give up acting for anything.
Do you hang out with the rest of the cast?
[ A girl in the audience had an asthma attack, and Adrienne paused briefly until the Paramedics came. The girl recovered, and attended the Stewards' party that night. ]
Tell us about THAT scene in "Who's Gurkhan?"
What is your favourite music?
Do you have a pet?
Your music projects - have you set aside time or will you fit it in?
You're a bit of a fatalist.
Now that "Xena"'s over, what will you be doing next?
[Sean Harry comes on stage to auction a big photo of
Adrienne & Hudson]
Sean - They're naked from the waist down.
Kevin told her Don't worry. Every girl on this show kicks my ass! He was funny, self-deprecating, cool and calm, chilled-out and helpful. Adrienne is forever grateful.
Have you made any progress on your "Mata Hari" project?
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