Greenpeace: "Xena" actress arrested after protest on drilling ship
Lucy Lawless aboard the Noble Discoverer last week.
February 27th, 2012
10:22 AM ET

Greenpeace: "Xena" actress arrested after protest on drilling ship

Actress Lucy Lawless, famous for starring in the television show "Xena: Warrior Princess," was arrested along with six other Greenpeace activists early Monday for boarding a drilling ship last week in New Zealand, according to Greenpeace. She and the others who were aboard the ship without permission were released shortly after their arrest, the activist organization said. spoke with Lawless on Friday while she was having a restless night on the Noble Discoverer, a ship leased to Shell Oil. The ship was docked in the Port of Taranaki when the actress and other activists, on behalf of Greenpeace, made it on board to protest drilling in the Arctic.

The group was able to display signs on the Discoverer's 174-foot drilling tower. One sign said "Stop Shell #SaveTheArctic."

Lawless told CNN on Friday that she expected to be arrested for the stunt but that she and the others intended to remain on the ship for as long as possible. She stressed that exchanges between them and authorities had been peaceful.

"We feel very much that what happens in the Arctic doesn't stay in the Arctic anymore," Lawless said. "An oil spill can never be cleaned up because of the remoteness and the freezing temperatures. We risk trashing whole ecosystems and poisoning them from plankton on up. It's absolutely unthinkable."

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  1. Joseph L Cooke

    Pathetic has-been seeking attention.

    February 27, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • B. Brooks

      She is obviously passionate about the environment, which is difficult to consider as "pathetic"

      She is also the lead actress in a highly successfully cable series on the Starz newtwork – their most successful show now in its third season. Seen by more viewers than Xena ever was

      February 27, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      Oh, so you must be a successful television actor with a storied career. Hmm, never heard of Joseph Cooke before.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephen Falk

      ..Who at least has the courage of her about you?

      February 27, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • levi

      That is why she is named Lucy "Lawless" ?

      February 27, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bard

      A has-been? That's funny. Have you seen her in Starz's "Spartacus"? Stunning series. And her husband, who produced all 6 seasons of Xena: Warrior Princess, is now producing Spartacus. She's actually a pretty darn good actor.

      Last year I watched all 6 seasons of Xena. I enjoyed it. 🙂

      February 27, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Please stop assuming the rest of see the world through your cynical eyes.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Joseph Cooke sounds like a "never-was"

      February 27, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Free Capitalist

      Way to go Lucy!! You have managed to accomplish nothing. Why do celebrities (in her case 'C' list celebrity) focus on such moronic, insignificant issues?? Why not tackle an issue where you can really make a difference instead of “feel good” issues where there might be a real cause but at the end of the day you have not done anything to make the world a better place. The American dream is being shot down and the country is in greater is in a HUGE crisis. Why not take on the issue of “Save our Nation”, “Save the America Dream”, “Save our Economy”, or God forbid “Save the Family unit”. I'm sorry that you're a subpar ACTRESS, yes I used the politically incorrect term actress, not "female actor" and I truly am sorry you are a subpar actress! Why would you waste the time, $$, energy (fuel) that you are so concerned about that you go halfway around the world to get arrested doing something so asinine and insignificant?? Unfortunately you represent and are the perfect example of a huge problem we face in America – especially in Hollywood. You feel your life has no meaning so instead of standing up for a cause worth fighting for – Restoring Values and Virtues to a society whose priorities are so turned around that if you say God in school or in the workplace you will be slapped with a lawsuit, have the ACLU pounding down your door to protect those who might have a different belief. So you decide go to New Zealand, slap some posters on a ship that say "SAVE THE ARTIC" and get arrested... WOW!! With all of the problems we are facing in the world today I am truly shocked at the level of stupidity and the lengths at which people will go – focusing on insignificant issues trying to convince themselves and others that their life has meaning and that you’re making a difference by fighting a TRILLION $$ industry 1 poster at a time!! Give me a break... I am so sick of seeing and reading about dumb people who want to feel important by standing up for causes like “Save the Artic”. Don’t misinterpret what I’m saying. The earth is an amazing place and we should be consciences of the environment, poverty, 3rd world countries, etc… but the place you can make the biggest impact is in your own home, your community by making those around you better people because they know you. Take a long hard look in the mirror and fix yourself before you try and fix the world!

      February 27, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Will S

      She got you to post, "Capitalist", so I guess you are wrong on at least one count. I suspect you are wrong on several more.

      February 27, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cesar The Chorizo Chimp Of Chihuahua

    These people must really be bored.

    February 27, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steven

      Says the guy reading CNN articles about it.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ABCD Puppies

    Actually she is currently employed in the hit series Spartacus: Vengeance...which is in it's 3rd year.

    February 27, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jade B

    "Xena"? An out-dated reference don't you think? "Spartacus" is her current series.

    February 27, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steven

      Shes more known for Xena which had 6 seasons than a pay channel start in its early 3rd season. Lets not forget she was on two seasons of Battlestar Galactica as well

      February 27, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. E.L.

    We need organizations like Green Peace. I'm against eco-terrorism, but I am all for peaceful protest against oil companies. Even if you disagree with whether Alaska should be drilled (I am with Lucy on this one), you have to admit that it takes a lot of courage and determination for the Green Peace activists to do what they do. If you think Green Peace's efforts look unreasonable, then that means other environmental groups' efforts look more reasonable by comparison. We need that. And we need to decrease the utterly sick addiction to oil. The only way to wean ourselves EVER is to start NOW.
    I love how the only times Lucy gets into the news is by doing something worth being proud of. She doesn't get arrested for being drunk in public. She doesn't get into the news by having a gazillion failed relationships. She only gets into the news doing stuff she believes in.

    February 27, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • WW

      When she stops using oil products I will take notice. Until then its a little hypocritical to protest something you yourself cause.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ken Martin

    Lucy is a hero in more ways than one. To take a stand for what is right in the world. Save Earth now before its too late " GREEN PEACE will not be stoped !

    February 27, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Hat of the Three-Toed Man-Baby

      No, they'll never be stoped. Stopped, however, that's something else entirely.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. hippediva

    And Mr. Cooke up there can't be passionate about anything. He doesn't have the equipment.

    February 27, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. birdpond

    She is a hero. This is what it's going to take if we're to stop this planetary descent into madness, chaos and destruction. We have ONLY ONE PLANET, and we can't fix it once it's broken.

    Already the threads of life and sustainability are unraveling. We're causing one of the biggest and most sweeping mass-extinction events in the Earth's history. We can't survive without an intact, healthy, fully-functional ecosystem, complete with biodiversity. Remember, this is the planet we leave to our children and grandchildren – We need to be conscientious custodians.

    I applaud action-takers like Lucy Lawless for taking a stand for what's right.

    February 27, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobbles

      Blah, screw the environment. we need gas. and lots of it. One of these idiots is gonna fall into the equipment and get ground up and then sue. BS.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mikey

    The irony is not lost on me that Lucy was protesting Shell, yet she was in a Shell commercial 20 years ago. Maybe she still bore a grudge that she didn't get paid enough for the acting work on the commercial?

    February 27, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Fred E.

    Used to think she was kind of hot. She sure didn't age well.

    February 27, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steven

      She is in the middle of Ocean without showering wearing a helmet...lets see how great you look tardo.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Herne

      she has inner beauty....the most beautiful person in the world can be ugly if they're a jerk,

      February 27, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Herne

      she has inner beauty....the most beautiful person in the world can be ugly if they're a jerk.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. rascal257

    I hope they rowed out there to minimize the impact on the environment. Maybe Lucy Lawless should invest in foot-peddled generators to operate the telly so we can all watch her next show without the benefit of fossil fuels.

    February 27, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Chicago

    Yeah, great. Lets all admire her passion. Big deal. How about the fact that she is just plain wrong on the issue. We have to drill somewhere and people like her won't let it be around populated areas and now you can't even drill around the most remote parts of the planet. She's guilty of using oil...she obviously got on a boat, bet she hopped a plane too. Lets not even count how much making Xena cost this planet in terms of resources. Yeah, I'd like some sort of Star Trek transporter too and a miracle energy solution too...but we don't have it yet. So Lucy, stop using oil yourself before you decide to board drilling platforms you hypocrite. Xena burned up far more in the few years it was on than I will ever use in a lifetime.

    February 27, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Herne

      Chicago, listen to geologists.... not conspiracy theorists. We can't drill what's almost completely gone. what are grandchildren going to do for fuel....burn cow sh%^!?

      February 27, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Herne

    good for her....well not the jail part.....other professional entertainers keep servants and waste valuable natural resources.

    Lucy Lawless is using her celebrity and personal monies, to help improve the environmental conditions for the future...She deserves her fame.

    Idiots making rude comments need to go back to whatever hole they crawled out of.....and do something useful.

    I'm gonna go buy the Xena series....and support a deserving actress. and a good person.

    February 27, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • dondijon

      Yep and what do you suppose thos DVD ar being made out of??? sounds like You have fallen prey to a well ochastrated publicity syunt to promote sale of a product made from PETROLIUM!!! (Somw peoples kid's I swear...)

      February 28, 2012 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  14. BOMBO ©

    Did they beat her up?

    February 27, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Michael Blazer

    Did anyone notice: "arrested, New Zealand" and "Save the Arctic"? Is a geography lesson in order here?

    February 27, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • rascal257

      Yes, noticed that as well. It's like Pam Anderson's campaign to 'save the Arctic seals' when she lives in California.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
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