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. GenericMan

    Woohoo Lucy, you are hot. I'm not a fan of greenpeace, but I won't hold that against you. I am all for conservationism. Rock On.

    February 27, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. btldriver

    You want to stop companies from drilling for oil, don't protest the drillers, they are only supplying a product to those who need the oil for consumption. Go protest the companies who make the plastics which uses more oil than cars. Go protest the companies who make plastic bottles, plastic toys, plastic car parts, plastic anything and get them to start using a biodegradable plastic made from vegetable oils (it already exists) but be ready to pay more for products until that plastic becomes economically more viable and cost effective. Lucy maybe doing what she believes in but she's going about it all wrong and until the economy stop needing petroleum-based products, not just vehicles, there will always be oil drilling.

    February 27, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Evskie

    For her age she is still a really atractive woman, for referance view Spartakus available on Netflex streaming.

    February 27, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. paullubbock

    Dang, the warrior princess looks exactly like she did when I used to watch her as a kid!!! I want what she's taking. You go girl!

    February 27, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. capitan

    Lucy, how did you travel to New Zealand? Clipper ship?

    February 27, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • JT Hawaii

      Row boat I suspect, as to not pollute the pristine waters.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike in Pekin

      Uh, she lives there. duh.

      February 27, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • cass

      yeah how did she get there - in an airplane which burns lots of fuel? Maybe she hitched a ride on a dolphin.
      Want to hurt the oil companies - stop using so much oil

      February 27, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • capitan

      Mike, my bad. I'm sure she took a row boat to go film her TV series, however.

      February 27, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Garret

    Yes, there is a limited amount of oil to be drilled and burning it in cars is a waste. Much better to leave it in the ground for future generatoins to make plastics and medicines and get serious now about developing alternative green energy.

    February 27, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • dondijon

      Every single product that is currently made from petrolium can and has been made from cannabis hemp at a very small fracion of the cost... Look Up original model-T Ford constructed from and ran on HEMP. The plastict are also much more resilient as was diplayed by it's 1/4 inch thick Hempen Plastic wich in a demonstration By Henry Ford proved it capable of repelling sustained Cal. 50 M-2 Machine gun Fire!!!

      February 28, 2012 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |
  7. Greek American

    Hahaha love the comment from the Alaskan who supports the oil companies and trusts them entirely to do "safe" drilling. Oh wait, don't you Alaskans all get a yearly check for oil profit sharing? Hmmmmm.

    February 27, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Rose

    I do not believe any oil spill can be totally cleaned and there is no way to reverse the damage done to any ecosystem. What disaster is or will be too much? Why do I drink sring water? I can convince myself that it easier.My father swam,ate fish and drank water from waterways that are too polluted now. We need to devekop alternative fuel sources an stop saying so and so is worse and say what cqn I do.? And before anyone says oh sping water! I buy gallons and recycle.

    February 27, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Lisa

    "You're never going to do it without your face on". She is so plain, no she is ugly, without her make up on.

    February 27, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. alan

    While my hometown girl, LiLo is getting arrested for all the wrong reasons, here's Lucy getting arrested for all the right ones. That's a REAL warrier princess in action. Good for her.

    February 27, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. TrueAmerican

    Big deal, she is a no talent hack. Washed up, done. Fade away loser.

    February 27, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kdog

      Really TrueAmerican? No talent hack contridicts with "washed-up" whcih implies there was something there. Unlike you – Loser! Why don't you ask mommy if you can go out and help the envrionment, perhaps by playing on the highway

      February 27, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • TrueAmerican

      LMAO at the feeble minded KDOG. Please do not breed, your children will be beyond stupid.

      February 27, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. PTC Bernie

    Maybe she'll stop when she realizes that these actions limit her credibility as an actress for certain roles.

    February 27, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Please

    I wonder if she will write off her criminal fine as a marketing business expense.

    February 27, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • dondijon

      Thank You, I'm glad to know I wasn't the only one who made this observation, and shame on her for using this ruse to market DVD's that are produced from Petrol Plastics what are the figures anyway, something like one DVD = 50 Gallons of premium Gasoline isen't it????

      February 28, 2012 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
  14. f16bmathis

    Is that safety headgear made of plastic? Which comes from...

    February 27, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • cass

      of course not - it couldn't be plastic cause we know how plastic hurts the environment
      this is making my brain ache! these people should do their homework before they protest
      i don't trust the oil companies but i like being able to drive to work rather than trying to ride a bicycle in a large city
      face it we are addicted to our comforts

      February 27, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  15. WDinDallas

    Make her walk the plank

    February 27, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
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