||Evelyn Renee O'Connor
|Date of Birth:
||15 February 1971
||Katy, a suburb in Houston, Texas, USA
||Divorced and in a relationship
with Jed Sura
|Miles William Muir - born 22 September 2001
Iris Sura O'Connor - born 19 March 2006
||Los Angeles, USA
||Blonde (sometimes reddish)
||Has one older brother, Chris
Renee O'Connor (born Evelyn Renee O'Connor on
February 15, 1971 in Katy, Texas) is an American actress, best known for
playing the role of Gabrielle on the television series
Warrior Princess from 1995 to 2001.
Renee O'Connor was born to Walter and Sandra O'Connor. Her mother and
stepfather, Sandra and Eddie Wilson, own a famous restaurant called
"Threadgill's" in Austin, Texas. She has an older brother named Chris,
who is a grocery store manager, and her biological father Walter is a
Since her first role at age 8 as a caterpillar during a Theater on Wheels
production, Renee has had a passion for acting. At age 12, she began
studying acting at Houston's Alley Theatre, and later attended The High
School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, Texas. So that she
could graduate with her friends, she transferred back to Taylor High School.
She began her real career at the age of 16 in a commercial for McDonalds,
later for Exxon. A string of other commercials followed (as well as a string
of odd jobs such as Porky Pig at Astroworld and an aerobics instructor in
L.A.) and in 1989, she landed a recurring role in a serial called
featured on the "New Mickey Mouse Club."
This led to another Disney serial
called Match Point and an episode of Tales from the Crypt (directed by
Arnold Schwarzenegger), though it was later cut.
In 1989, One of Renee's first acting jobs was in
the film "A Place for Sarah." Renee then went on to
portray an imperiled student on an NBC special called "The Flood", Cheryl
Ladd's daughter in Danielle Steel's "Changes", a woman captured by Shawnee
Indians in ABC's Follow the River, an actress who hires Rockford as her
bodyguard in The Rockford Files: A Blessing in Disguise, Julia Wilkes in
Disney's "The Adventures of Huck Finn", and the daughter of a murdered
couple in an episode of NYPD Blue.
Renee then came to the attention of Xena:
Warrior Princess executive producers Robert G. Tapert and Sam Raimi with an
"over-the-top" audition that won her the role of the young Deianeira in
their two-hour "Action Pack" adventure "Hercules and the Lost Kingdom." They
were so impressed by her performance opposite Hercules: The Legendary
Journeys star Kevin Sorbo that they signed her for a starring role in
"Darkman II: The Return of Durant." She was later cast as Gabrielle, Xena's
sidekick on Xena: Warrior Princess. During the filming of Xena, Renee lived
in Auckland, New Zealand where she still owns a home.
She was voted # 3 of the most intriguing people in 1996, # 2 in 1997, and
one of the most beautiful people of 1997, by People Online. She made the
cover of TV Guide on the July 29, 2000 to August 4, 2000 issue. It was one
of eight collector's covers.
On 27 June 2002, O'Connor played Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare by the Sea's
version of Macbeth. The play ran for five weeks and was initially located in
San Pedro Point Fermin Park and toured the beach cities in Los Angeles.
On 31 May 2003 Renee participated in the Firefighters Burn Relay to benefit
the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation. The event took place in Burbank,
California. She took place in the parade of fire engines. They made stops in
several areas, including Beverly Hills, Burbank, Long Beach, and Santa
Monica, allowing the public to make donations at each stop. Working with
firefighters, educators, and burn care professionals, the foundation helps
to develop new programs and services. Renee volunteered again with the
foundation in 2005 raising funds washing cars with others. They raised
She took the lead in Eric Escobar's Sundance Short One Weekend A Month
(2004) and co-starred with Bruce Campbell in the Sci-Fi channel movie Alien
Renee produced and stared in the film Diamonds and Guns (2007), an
independent film and the first feature film made by her film production
company, ROC Pictures. Joseph LoDuca, who composed the music on Xena and
Hercules, composed music for this film as well. The film is a romantic
comedy about two friends who go to Las Vegas to find true love. It was shot
digitally. Renee has been raising funds for the movie selling numerous
photos of herself with autographs and a few of her personal paintings on
film is now finished and she hopes to have a contract signed for
distribution in 2007.
Renee recently completed the film
Ghost Town (2007) for director Dean
Teaster, which will premiere in May of 2007. In Ghost Town (2007) she plays
the the tomboy like character Little Jack.
At the end of 2006 Renee
was chosen by LesbiaNATION.com as their most loved woman of 2006, a poll
that she dominated all year.
On January 22, 2007 she began shooting on the movie
Boogeyman 2 (2008)
for Ghost House Pictures, executive producer Robert G. Tapert. In this
feature production she plays the part of Dr. Ryan, a a psychiatrist whose
mother had schizophrenia. The patients she works with have phobias that deal
with the fear of the boogeyman.
Renee appears in
every year. They are usually located in Burbank and Pasadena, but have also
taken place in Florida, London and New York. At these events Renee takes the
opportunity to make the Creation Entertainment Photo Opportunties
(photo-ops) more interesting that just being photographed with the fans. She
wears outfits that she wore on Xena Warrior Princess and makes the whole
thing fun for herself and the fans.
During the 2007 Burbank Xena convention, Renee joined her close friend Lucy
Lawless for a two night "SOLD OUT" performance at the Roxy in Los Angeles.
Lucy sang and Renee danced for one song. Renee repeated this performance
Lucy's New York concerts 31 May 2007 - 2 June.
In 2008 Renee saw the release of Diamonds and Guns on
DVD via her official Diamonds and Guns movie site and the copies were
snapped up by Renee's fans rather quickly.
Renee made her singing debut in Hollywood at the
famous Roxy Theater in January 2008 when she sang along side Lucy Lawless to
a sell out crowd!
Also in January she
appeared at Creation Entertainment's Xena Convention where she revealed she
was going to be Katherine Fugate's Army Wives in Season 2. She was planning
on producing a play and also other film ventures.
April saw the announcement of Renee appearing in movie
called BitchSlap in which she plays Sister Batrille alongside Lucy Lawless
(as Mother Superior).
Renee is schedule to
appear in the hit tv show Criminal Minds.
* Her costume continuing to shrink on Xena was a running joke.
* Is still close friends with Xena star Lucy Lawless and dances at
* Has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.
an article about the adventure (edited by Renee)
* Is an
accomplished artist with a showing at the Submerged
Art Gallery in Los Angeles, June 2005
* Enjoys jazz dancing, kickboxing, rock climbing, horseback riding, water
skiing, and painting.
* Nicknames are "Ren", "ROC", "Stumpy" (reference to Ren and Stimpy), and
* Favorite movie is The Piano.
* Has a cat named Kia Ora, which is Māori for "hello".
* Was in three TV appearances with Bruce Campbell;
Apocalypse, and Campbell's directed episode
* Owns her own film production companies, ROC Pictures and ROC Productions.
* Is proficient in several forms of martial arts and the use of martial arts
weapons to including the Nunchaku and the Sai.