January 2019 Archives

20 January 2019

Message from Renee About Being Seen Film Via Instagram

Thrilled to be a part of the documentary @feelingseenfilm with Director Beth Ryne and Producer Gretchen Landau, supporting the representation of LGBT stories in television! @beth_ryne @gretchenlandau Thank you, Steve Sears making sure I didn’t miss it! ??





20 January 2019

Photos: Renee Interviewed for Being Seen Film

Beth from the Being Seen Film has posted some gorgeous Renee photos from the interview she conduced with Renee for the film

You can find the high res versions on Beth's Instagram account

Being Seen Film is a documentary film about the impact of lesbian, bisexual, and trans/masculine representation in mainstream television.




18 January 2019

Message and Photos From Renee on Instagram!

From Renee O'Connor's Official Instagram Account: RealReneeOConnor

Gratitude for all the people who made these memories possible and for all the kind comments for our family. Thank You! All Love, Renee #ReneeOConnor

Check out all the photos!





16 January 2019

Lovers Xena and Gabrielle On The List of LGBTQ Characters on TV


Queering the air: The highs and lows of LGBTQ characters on TV - features Xena (of course because there wouldn't be a list featuring lesbian characters without our dynamic duo (yes yes they weren't OFFICIALLY a lesbian couple but now it is official and all although Xena was bisexual - you know that whole bad boy thang she had going for a while.

We won't talk about Gabrielle's dalliance with Ioalus (now that was awkward), that short lived whateveritwas thing she had with the bard in the Academy and then of course...who can forget Perdicus (we would like to). Dear ol' Perdi. Long story short...Xena and Gabrielle were lovers. End of debate.

Here's the blurb the Spin Off had about our girls

A few years later another television show would give rise to a queer icon in the form of Xena, played by Kiwi actor Lucy Lawless. It was queer shipping before shipping was a thing: with fans taking the relationship between kick-ass warrior babe Xena and her dutiful (and beautiful) lady companion Gabrielle (Renee O’Connor) and running with it.

As Lawless recalls on the new RNZ podcast Pop! Culture: “Renee and I were standing on the side of set and Rob, who’s now my husband, the executive producer, brought in a fax… of a Village Voice article which was talking about these two queer women kicking ass on TV. And we were really amused because it’d never occurred to us’!”

Lawless has since gone on the record saying that Xena was “definitely” gay, but back in the 90s if queer representation existed at all, it was almost entirely sub-textural.

“The line in the first episode of Xena [that resonated] was Gabrielle saying “I’m not the little girl that my parents wanted me to be”, and I just thought, ‘Oh well that’s normal teenage angst’… But all the gay girls out there knew! The message was clear to them,” says Lawless.

Hungry for stories they could relate to, queer audiences got good at scanning media for clues – and media makers got better at planting them. Famously, car manufacturer Subaru targeted the lesbians who loved to buy their cars by placing a car in an ad with the number plate “XENA LVR”.

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9 January 2019

USA Today: Xena One of the Best Spinoffs Of All Time

I think USA Today got this right. Hercules: The Legendary Journeys gave us one of the best spinoffs on TV. Far superior to Hercules.

If at first you do succeed, try, try again. Television spinoffs, which seem to have been around since the invention of the cathode-ray tube, are in the spotlight again. Of the legion of offshoot alternatives, some have spun peripheral concepts into gold. Others simply became canceled dross. Our take on the best and the worst:

Image'Xena: Warrior Princess' (Syndicated)

Few probably remember "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys," but its spinoff, "Xena: Warrior Princess," is a pop-culture touchstone that's easily identifiable even if you've never seen an episode. "Xena" outstripped "Hercules" in every way, from the magnetic talent of stars Lucy Lawless and Renee O'Connor to its irresistible campiness.


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9 January 2019

Renee As The Wicked With Jed as The Tin Man

From Renee's Official Instagram Account:

Why does everyone say I’m wicked like it’s a bad thing?! If you are able to donate to ENCORE South Bay, the proceeds continue to offer students and families the opportunity to explore the world of theater. Let me know if you do and I’ll release a flying monkey to come and ‘thank you’. (cackle, cackle)