CONVENTION REPORT BY CALEY
VIEW PHOTOS BY CALEY OF THE BATTLESTAR GALACTICA PANEL
2013 DragonCon Lucy Lawless Report Saturday & Sunday Aug
I arrived in
about 7:00 a.m. and got into line for badge pickup. It
wasa fairly short line, and by 8:15 or so I had my
badge. I ran into an SCA(my Medieval Re-enactment group)
couple who asked me if I wanted toshare a taxi with them
to the hotel where Lucy was signing and doingphoto-ops.
I readily agreed and arrived in good time. I went
straight tothe room where she was signing and waited til
10:00..... Standing andsitting while wearing about 60
pounds of steel, chain mail, and leatherarmour. I picked
a photo of her, paid, and got in another line in theroom
where she was actually signing. I was very near the
beginning ofthe line and getting really nervous. I had
to keep telling myself torelax and *breathe*. LOL!
She came in after a few minutes and I tried not to
stare or have a heart attack. [ :o ] She was wearing
light(?) colored pants and a light brown, sleeveless
top. She also had a gold bracelet and I *think* she may
have had a gold chain necklace, too. I don't remember.
Her hair was its natural light/medium brown, long enough
to reach at least half way down her shoulder blades and
she was quite thin. I thought she was a bit too thin,
but that's just me.
After eons (a few minutes),
I finally reached the guy who was taking the tickets. He
asked me to spell the personalization, which I did
(Susan & Christie), and he wrote it down for her. It was
for 2 friends of mine. He asked if I was Susan or
Christie and I said no, but before I could clarify it,
Lucy was ready to sign my photo.
I put my helm
on the table as she took the photo and asked me if I was
Susan or Christie.
I said, "No, these are my
two best friends and they're getting married up in Maine
She looked right up and me with a smile
and said, "That's great! This isn't for you, then?"
I replied, "No, this is a wedding present for them."
Her mouth kinda fell open, the she smiled wider
(read 'grinned') and said, "That's so sweet of you!".
I answered something like, "I try," or something
else equally inane. I watched closely as she wrote Susan
& Christie, but to my surprise, she kept writing line
after line, almost to the bottom of the photo, then
signed it with a flourish. I commented, "Wow, you're
writing a novel, there!"
She just smiled, said,
"There you are," ( or something like that) and turned it
around so I could see it.
I thanked her and
shook her hand, then took the photo and my helm to the
other end of the room which had a table. I put down my
helm again and read what she'd written:
Susan & Christie,
I was *FLOORED*!!!! She didn't have to take time
to write all that, yet she did; and for two people she'd
never met. I've heard how nice she is to people, but
this morning her kindness and consideration blew me
Walking on air (in armour), I
went to where she would be doing photo-ops. I hung out
til the guy told us to come in. We were in line, about
to enter the room where the actual photos were being
taken....and... the guy came in and said Lucy had had a
mishap and had pulled/strained/sprained a calf
muscle/tendon/ligament had had to cancel the shoot. He
said the paramedics were with her and that we could
either come back tomorrow or get a refund. I had only a
Saturday ticket and didn't want to buy a Sunday ticket,
too, so I opted for the refund. I was very disappointed
but I certainly understood what she was going through.
With any luck she might come back next year. If not,
well, I still got to meet her and get what I'd really
come for, a wedding gift for my 2 friends. I figured she
wouldn't make it to the Spartacus panel, either, so
after getting my refund, I left and came home.
So.... the experience was half boom, half bust. I'm
*really* glad I decided at the last moment to go to the
morning autograph session instead of the afternoon one,
cuz I doubt she would've made it to that one, either.
I've spent hours in an emergency room with various small
fractures (toes & fingers), so I know she'd in the
hospital for several hours at the very least with the
exam, x-rays, etc.
I just hope it's a small
injury, not a big one!
Saturday night I decided to go back to the con after
reading Tweets that she had been at the Spartacus panel.
I was very disappointed that I’d come home and missed
it. So indeed, I went back early Sunday morning.
Sometimes it take me a while to digest an
experience and put it into words, and such was the case
for today’s Lucy Lawless appearances.
Battlestar Galactica Panel:
There were 3
panelists; Lucy, Edward James Olmos (‘Eddie’). And
Kandace McClure. Eddie was asked the most questions and
gave long, eloquent, thorough answers. The Irish in me
appreciated this gift of the gab, but Lucy answered her
questions just as well with fewer words. She was in high
spirits despite her injury and was, by turns, and in
response to the subject under discussion, pithy/joking,
earnest/heartfelt, thoughtful/deliberate, etc. Her
replies were shorter, but very clear and concise,
leaving no room for misunderstanding. Kandace had the
fewest questions, and being the youngest and
inexperienced, sometimes had trouble gathering her
thoughts into a cohesive response. I’m sure this will
improve with time. Lucy smile quite a bit, and
frequently looked straight ahead and to both sides so
people could photograph her. She did this with subtly
and finesse; she was clearly an old hand at knowing how
to make sure everyone who wanted to photograph her could
without making it obvious what it was she was doing.
There was a slight hitch when a woman told her how
she’d had a heart attack and nearly died, and told Lucy
her influence had saved her life. Lucy seemed a bit
blase about it, although the woman was quite choked up
in the telling of her story, and her voice quavered and
broke a few times. Many people have told Lucy similar
stories over the years and she seemed to take the story
in stride with no real outward show of emotion. She
thanked the woman, but quickly took the next question. I
have no idea how she truly felt about the woman’s story,
even though the woman had written a more detailed
account of what happened to her in a letter of sorts,
which was taken by the panel moderator. I can’t remember
whether Lucy took it from her (the moderator) or not. If
she didn’t, presumably she took it when the panel was
I had severe sleep deprivation and
my memory sucks to begin with, so this is the best
account I can give.
The Walk of Fame was a beehive from hell. The
acoustics were atrocious, and with so many people
talking, it was like being in a *really* loud bar
without the booze or music. Everyone had to shout to be
heard; Lucy had to lean forward to hear people talking
to her, and the people had to bend over and get into her
face so she could hear *them*. I gave her my name, even
though it was written on a piece of paper, and as she
signed, I asked her if she was living the US or New
Zealand, adding that I knew she’d done a few eps of
Parks & Recreation on the assumption that it was an
American show made in America. She said she was still in
New Zealand, but that she might be moving back to the
states ‘in a few years’ or ‘a year or two’. I couldn’t
her clearly over the background noise. She offered her
hand for a shake, which I did with relish. I said
something like, “Thank you,” them moved aside to make
way for the next person. Have I mentioned how drop dead
gorgeous she is close up? I didn’t? Well, she’s drop
dead GORGEOUS close up. Now you know. ;)
So, Lucy has a bum leg. She came
into the photo room in a wheelchair, but to everyone’s
surprise, she got up and had the pics taken while
standing on one leg. Needless to say the photographer
moved at blazing speed; each shot took only seconds. No
chit chat or hugs. My turn came way faster than I
thought it would. I took about two steps to reach her (I
have long legs), she put her arm around my shoulder and
I put mine around her waist. Before I knew it, the
photographer had taken the pic and she let me go. I
said, quickly, “Thank you so much for coming, I really
appreciate it.” She relied, just as quickly, “It’s my
pleasure, love”. I stepped away and she grabbed the next
Gotta love those Kiwisms; my heart beat
tripled. I know she meant every word. I walked out,
treading on air.
I still can’t believe she did
that photo shoot with so many people while standing on
just one leg. What a trooper she is! I can’t imagine any
other star except maybe Renee doing that. I would’ve
been more than willing to let her sit in a chair and
either sit, or kneel next to her for the photo, and I
warrant everyone else would’ve done the same. I think
that’s *why* she stood, it was her way of saying, ‘I
know you would all accommodate me, so I’m going to show
my appreciation by not asking you to do so’. I’m just
guessing of course, but she strikes me as being a
person who would think that way. And have I mentioned
how drop dead gorgeous she is close up? I did? Ok, I’ll
shut up now.
P.S. As I walked through the hall
to the lobby, I passed a table covered with Bill Shatner
photo-op pics. In each and every one he looked
thoroughly bored, angry, and obviously wanting to be
anywhere but there. Lucy was the polar opposite; all
smiles; flirting and mugging with the men (lucky
devils), and hugging the women warmly while putting her
face close to theirs. (Lucky US). :)
More info (9/2/13):
Now that I've
gotten some sleep, some memories are starting to filter
back. At the BSG panel, Lucy was asked what were her
favorite favorite characters to portray and why.
The answers below are somewhat paraphrased from memory
and may not be accurate and/or complete:
said #6 was the most emotionally close and intense
character because #6 was so conflicted about being
cylon, a race scientifically produced by another race
which normally reproduced biologically. She was also
conflicted about the cyborg/human relationship, and the
war the cyborgs were waging against the humans who had
She said Xena was the most fun.
She may have also said Xena was the most physically
challenging, but I'm not sure. This second sentence may
be what I had wanted her to say.
remember what she said about Lucretia. Sorry!
If she comes to DragonCon again, I'm gonna buy a super
high quality digital voice recorder and use that instead
of trying memorize stuff or take notes.
forgot to mention she wore black leather pants on
Sunday. They fit snugly, but weren't skin tight. They
were also new, so the leather scent was quite strong. At
the signing session, when we both had to lean towards
each other to hear, I discovered that not only could I
pick up her own personal scent, she was also wearing a
light cologne; mostly sweet and flowery with just a hint
of spice. In essence, I got nose bombed with leather,
Lucy, and spicy flower. In that order. It was nothing
short of exhilarating to the point of headiness. WOW!!!
BTW, the pic she signed for me was one of D’anna,
not Xena. I haven’t watched her eps of BSG in several
years and mistook it for a shot of her as herself, not a
TV character. When she signed it, she took the time to
add D’anna’s signature below hers. How many other actors
would do THAT? Besides, Renee, of course. I flipped yet