Whoosh! Issue 61 - October 2001

AN INTERVIEW WITH HUDSON LEICK
By Dyann Esparza
Content copyright © 2001 held by author
WHOOSH! edition copyright © 2001 held by Whoosh!
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Author's notes:

First, a big thanks to Anita Ellis for helping to get me in close enough proximity to ask for the interview, and a big thanks to Hudson Leick for being gracious as ever and answering my questions with her usual candor and honesty. Due to a time crunch, the questions were short and the answers even briefer. I have to give a big thanks to Mist for putting up with me after my trip from h*ll on Friday getting into NYC.




Yoga (01-04)
Callisto Debrief (05-12)
Life Debrief (13-25)
Articles
Biography



AN INTERVIEW WITH HUDSON LEICK





Yoga

DYANN ESPARZA:
[01] Yoga is obviously a huge part of your life, what styles of yoga are you teaching and practicing?

HUDSON LEICK:
[02] I just finished my certification for teaching pre- and post-natal classes. I do kundalini yoga and hatha yoga.

ESPARZA:
[03] You teach or practice?

LEICK:
[04] Both.



Callisto Debrief



ESPARZA:
[05] How do you feel about Callisto's final outcome? Do you think it was totally full circle for the character?

LEICK:
[06] I wasn't around for Callisto's final outcome...

ESPARZA:
[07] Oh, not Eve. I meant for the end of the character.

LEICK:
[08] Oh that. That was a little weird, I guess. [Leick later said, when the same version of the question was asked during the Con] Angel-Smangel! I loved playing the demon, but I look back on it now and think I would have played the angel differently.

ESPARZA:
[09] Was there ever a possibility that you would portray Eve/Livia?

LEICK:
[10] No, not ever.

ESPARZA:
[11] If acting were a way of reflecting where you are right now, would you portray an evil character again?

LEICK:
[12] H*ll, yes!



Life Debrief



ESPARZA:
[13] What was the happiest moment in the last year?

LEICK:
[14] (thinks) Happiest moment? There have been so many...I think they just keep happening, there isn't just one. I am the happiest now...

ESPARZA:
[15] If you interviewed yourself, what would you ask yourself?

LEICK:
[16] What is the hardest thing for me...What is the hardest thing about being me? And how would I reply?
[17] Being a woman. I think being a woman is the hardest thing for me. It is so complex and...I don't think any man can teach me about being a woman, I think I learn that from other women.



ESPARZA:
[18] Who would win a fight between Callisto, Xena, Buffy, 7 of 9, and Wonder Woman?

LEICK:
[19] What? What are you talking about?

ESPARZA:
[20] Never mind. What is your favorite Sweet Honey in the Rock song?

LEICK:
[21] Oh...I love them all. They are all...(thinks) Glory, Glory Hallelujah has got to be one of my favorites.

ESPARZA:
[22] What is the weirdest, most bizarre memory that sticks out in your mind about Xenaland?

LEICK:
[23] When someone kissed my breast.

[Author's note: This occurred in Palo Alto when a fan, while holding Hudson in his arms, leaned down and, well, kissed the skin exposed.]

ESPARZA:
[24] Anything to say to the fans after 6 years?

LEICK:
[25] Don't kiss my breasts.







Articles

Dyann Esparza, "Examining the Depth of Xena and Gabrielle's Relationship" WHOOSH #33 (June 1999)
http://whoosh.org/issue33/esparza2.html

Dyann Esparza, "Warrior's Path: A Survival Guide for Modern Day Heroes as Gleaned from Xena: Warrior Princess, The" WHOOSH #17 (February 1998)
http://whoosh.org/issue17/esparza1.html

Dyann Esparza, "Is There A Correlation Between The Explosive Growth On The Internet and The Xenaverse?" WHOOSH #50 (October 2000)
http://whoosh.org/issue50/esparza3.html



Biography

Dyann Esparza Dyann Esparza

Once there came into the world a fledgling li'l geekling, who wandered the world over and meandered here and there and there and here. Until lo, one day, she-now a full fledged GeekGrrl-found the fledgling Xenaverse and discovered, to her endless delight, a site call International Association for Xena Studies and their publication WHOOSH. "Magnificently Kewl," she thought and promptly volunteered (or was swayed by the editor; I can't remember how the story goes) to become a staffer. Still not sure what it is I do, I continue to meander, and that seems to be enough.
Favorite episode: THE DEBT (52-53/306-307)
Favorite line: Lao Ma: "And you will be my Warrior Princess." THE DEBT I (53/307)
First episode seen: SINS OF THE PAST (01/101)
Least favorite episode: It's a tie, between FOR HIM THE BELL TOLLS (40/216) & MARRIED WITH FISHSTICKS.




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