I am waiting for a sign that will indicate to me what meaning I must give to my life, but right now my existence is satisfactory.
For the first time in my life, I put my body and reputation on the line to stand up for my beliefs and do the right thing. I hope I've encouraged other people to do the same.
My plan is to shock people with what I can do, because I've got a few sides to me that I've never used on screen.
So yes, the roles are getting more and more like me. But that's because Xena was so entirely unlike me. Most people aren't really aware of that.
It took me a long time to adjust and narrow down my life. I made my shift to the mind-set... there's time for my daughter outside work and that's all. This is my new life. This is not drudgery. This is fun.
We live at the edge of the world, so we live on the edge. Kiwis will always sacrifice money and security for adventure and challenge.
I never thought I'd be an action star, but now they're going to make little Xena action figures for kids. I still want to be a fine actress one day; it's just a matter of putting in the time and passion.
I'm gonna walk off wearing the outfit and I'm going to drive home in it.
When you decide to become an opera singer, it's a commitment that allows nothing else to interfere. Even your family - and I have a young daughter - has to take second place.
They either overcompensate for the way they feel and are incredibly sycophantic or incredibly brusque in order to prove they don't think you're superior.
My voice likes rock music. My problem is, I can do a lot of things, but I have to find my own voice.
The role was very physically challenging and I am not athletic and have never wanted to be. I hate it in fact. I don't go to gyms and for me to have to stay in shape for the role became mind over matter.
At first, being a female role model really terrified me. But it hasn't turned out to be an awful burden. I get a lot of letters from women who tell me that, after watching Xena, they have bought the Harley-Davidson they always wanted or left an abusive relationship.
Growing up, I looked up to real women. I didn't go in for hero worship and I still don't. Everybody has feet of clay.
Up until I came here this week, and I met so many women and young girls who feel, to use their word - and I'm a bit embarrassed, but it's a good word - empowered, by watching. I realized this isn't a burden, this is an honor.