A recent edition of the popular Adweek publican features a back cover and website expose on how the New Zealander actress Lucy Lawless is now on a “information diet,” while explaining how this former “Xena: Warrior Princess” was once a “digital junkie." For example, Lawless said she's now "set a limit and doesn’t do Twitter or social networks.” The 43-year-old Lawless also told Adweek that after reading e-mails on “my iPad before I even get out of bed,” she realized “it’s terrible because you’re not supposed to sleep next to anything electronic, but I don’t think I’m able to unplug.” But, “unplug,” she did, when Lawless told Adweek that she prefers human company to those skinny silver tablets. “I think you live very well without the caffeine of social networks. It’s like a gateway drug, and it sucks up a lot of your time. I have a really rich life with real human beings, so I don’t feel like I’m suffering by not being on those things.”
America saturated with “digital junkies”
In a world that’s nearly saturated by tech-gadgets, its news on Adweek and other trendy websites that like to “give the skinny on one’s favorite app.” In turn, Lawless and others who are middle aged are no longer buying the “cool-aid” that one must literally sleep with one’s iPhone or iPad or miss out on life; when, they assert, “real life is not lived online.”
Lawless, 43, is best known for playing the title character of the internationally successful TV series “Xena: Warrior Princess” that’s set in the age ancient age of Hercules, and “before” people lived their lives by tuning into small screens that they carry everywhere; even in their beds.
When trying to break from her “tablet addiction,” Lawless told Adweek that “the thing I’m most embarrassed about is how much Solebon Solitaire I play on my iPad, iPhone, whatever, and it’s not even a very advanced app. There’s a game on it called La Belle Lucie, and it’s really rockingly hard.”
How to recover from tablet abuse?
In turn, Lawless is now in recovery as a digital junkie. For example, she no longer keeps her iPad in bed with her
Thus, she told Adweek that she’s now using the popular “airtime-restricted diet” that limits the amount of time one stares at the small screens on smartphones or tablets. “I’m on an airtime-restricted diet, as are all my family, but since I’m often awake at 3 and 4 in the morning, I sneak in a couple of extra hours of TV – usually on my iPad.
While Lawless has not arrived at the “airtime-restricted diet” – that was first coined by Microsoft’s Bill Gates when he told PBS interviewer Charlie Rose a few years ago that he limits his families airtime online to "no more than three hours a day, including school work” – she told Adweek that’s she’s really trying to get off this “gateway drug” that is social networks.
Lawless turning to ancient times again
Life was much simpler for those who lived in those ancient times before online mania.
For instance, Lawless “didn’t mess with technology” for her role on the “re-imagined Battlestar Galactica,” and, instead, is now playing Xena type roles again in the TV series “Spartacus: Vengeance,” and “Spartacus: Blood and Sand,” and now its prequel “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena.”
For these various “Spartacus” roles, that take place in ancient Rome, Lawless stars as the man character “Lucretia” who, she says, is completely free from today’s technology.
In turn, Lawless told Adweek that she’s “trying” to read a lot more print books.
“I’m reading some Frederick Forsyth at the moment,” Lawless told Adweek during a recent interview. “I never twitter – I’ve tried, but I can’t figure out how to leave a message.” Instead, Lawless said: “I’m very interested in green issues – mining, offshore drilling – so that occupies a lot of my mind.”
Lawless still evokes Xena for fans
Lawless starred in the supernatural fantasy adventure series “Xena: Warrior Princess” from 1995 until the show ended its syndication run on June 18, 2001.
Xena was a spin-off of the TV series “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys,” with the saga including episodes where “Xena is a recurring character that was originally scheduled to die in her third appearance,” states an overview for the program.
However, fans caught on to Xena thanks to the talent of Lawless and her new partner Gabrielle (played by Renee O’Connor), who set out to "do good" and "be real people with real problems to face together."
In turn, a Xena website noted how Lawless “has enjoyed a particular cult status in the lesbian community. Some of the lesbian fan base see Xena and Gabrielle as a couple and have embraced them as role models and lesbian icons.”
Lawless playing Xena would never have time for Gabrielle -- if the show took place in modern times with the real stars also needing “a digital age break."
Thus, Lawless seems pleased with returning to their Xena Warrior Princess roots -- and no longer sleeping with her iPad -- by choosing human company instead.
Image source of a scene from “Xena:Warrior Princess” with Xena kissing her friend Gabrielle. Photo courtesy Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xena:_Warrior_Princess