Lucy Lawless: I’m Too Old To Play Xena On TV Again

“I have got some wear and tear from that lifestyle"

Lucy Lawless in Starz series 'Ash v. Evil Dead'

Even beautiful action heroes get old!

Lucy Lawless says she is physically unable to appear in a rumored TV reboot of XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS.

“I couldn’t do it,” she admits.  “I couldn’t live that life [again].”

“I have got some wear and tear from that lifestyle because that is just what happens to human bodies when they get used a certain way a lot.  So I actually couldn’t do it.  I am 47.”

But Lawless — who is set to appear in the new Starz horror series ASH VS. EVIL DEAD — does concede she would be up for a one-off Xena TV special or movie.

Lucy Lawless as Xena: Warrior Princess

“I would love to do a reboot, getting Xena, Gabrielle, Autolycus and Joxer back together to solve some ridiculous problem,” she says.

Last week, news broke that NBC is looking to produce an updated version of the syndicated series that ran from 1995 to 2001 — but so far no new details have emerged.

“If there is anything current going on, we (Lawless and creators Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi) are not involved,” she tells me.  “But I would love to see it happen.  I know that NBC wants to do it.”

Lawless believes the holdup is related to a glut of fantasy-based series currently on the air — most notably, GAME OF THRONES.
“What I am sensing is that I know Rob can’t figure out a way to make it appointment television given everything else that is on television at the moment.  It is not fertile ground.”
The actress says she is grateful for the support fans have give to her and the show for the past two decades.  “But I would never bullshit them.  I would never lie or get their hopes up unnecessarily.”

“Ash v. Evil Dead” premieres October 31 on Starz.

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