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. Johnny Gillespie

    Ahhh This Sure brings a lot of memories, Back in the 90's when i was a throbbing teenager (no pun intended). I was so hooked on the Xena tv show. i had a whole ritual when Xena was one, i lit candles got in my birthday suit & pleasured myself immensly.
    Boy those were the days, i tell you...

    PS: my wife is rolling on the floor laughing, reading this....She is laughing with me, not at me

    February 27, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mike

    While all the posers pat themselves on the back at the Oscars, the Warrior Princess is out practicing direct action to make the world better.

    February 27, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Davy

    Please finish shooting Spartacus: Vengeance before getting arrested.. The Show can't lose anymore Star Power!

    February 27, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chaz1

    Hurrah for Lucy! I love her taste in roles... Xena, Battlestar Galactica, Spartacus ...and she looks just as hot displaying her convictions as she did displaying her other assets as the Warrior Princess. We should all be so bold. Thanks, Lucy!

    February 27, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Old Fool

    Anyone with a conscience should laud Ms. Lawless. Famous, infamous or just your ordinary Jane, anyone who is willing to risk for the sake of all of us deserves our support, whether we agree with their point of view or not. The GreenPeacers do outrageous things to get our attention and to get their message out. It's a good message. But they're taking the wrong approach. They gotta stop saying "Save the Earth" and start saying Save the People. Because the Earth will go on. It will shed the last vestiges of us ever being here in a million or so years. And the waters will again run clean and the whole cycle of life will start over again. In the meantime, you have to appeal to people's baser instincts, and you have to keep it simple or half of the people will not understand it.

    February 27, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Devin

    GO LUCY AYYYYYYEEEE YI YI YI!!! (Throws golf disc) :>

    February 27, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Oh'really

    I think about 10 years in prison will cut her oil consumption down to a point where she will be worth something when she gets out.

    February 27, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Liz the First

      And here we have a perfect example of the type of 'thinking' that will destroy the human species. observe how it tries to use humor to put down someone who is actually part of the solution.

      February 27, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Big man

    WHo's the guy behind the chick?? He's HOT!!

    February 27, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Greek American

    When asked about how high up she was when that picture was taken of her, Lucy Lawless said, "It was so beautiful up there, I could see Russia."

    February 27, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Trigster

    Hero. Use your fame for good.

    February 27, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. forreal89

    someone is craving attention. She is missing the spot light

    February 27, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. heyitsme

    Way to tell those guys about now drilling for oil while you wear plastic! Oh, and wear makeup during your performances on your shows, and shoes that contain plastic, – woo hoo! way to go for showing you have no idea of everything that oil is in. Perhaps you should take what's left of your IQ and lobby for better regulations and better laws, because it's not going away.

    February 27, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I think that's part of the point.

      February 28, 2012 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  13. Nuh

    I do.

    February 27, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sharkfisher

    Greenpeace is nothing but a bunch of pansy pill poppers trying to impersonate Hitlers S/S.

    February 27, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cora

      I'm not sure what attempting to save the Earth has to do with attempting to save Germany's pride. Explain?

      February 27, 2012 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Shellcorp

    If she did not have a shirt on under her jacket, she could have stayed as long as she wanted

    February 27, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
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