Where Are They Now: Renee O'Connor, AKA Gabrielle From 'Xena'
March 7th, 2013 9:07am EST
Renee O'Connor is best known as Xena's blonde sidekick Gabriella. Here she is, almost 20 years later! O'Connor starred alongside Lucy Lawless for six years and 134 episodes. Believe it or not, she's still involved in show business. Check out some more photos of Renee and some interesting facts about her on the next pages.
Renee was born in Texas in 1971. Her first TV appearances were commercials and in the All-New Mickey Mouse Club in a recurring segment titled Teen Angel alongside Jason Priestley.
Renee got the attention of Xena producer Sam Raimi when she won him over as Deianeira in the TV movie Hercules and the Lost Kingdom. After starring in his film Darkman 2, he cast her as Xena's sidekick in the Hercules spinoff series.
Renee practiced stunt work and Tae Kwon Do, which led Xena producers to realize she has a physically fit body. As the show went on, her costumes became more and more revealing and the show made several in-joke references to this.
Renee now runs a production company named ROC Pictures, which is a reference to her nickname (ROC = Renee O'Connor). It has produced several independent films, the most recent being Infinity. Infinity was recently screened at the LA Horror Fest.
Renee wed New Zealand native Steve Muir while she was filming Xena in the country. The couple had one child together. Following the finale of the show, she went back home to Texas and broke up with Muir. She also has a child with boyfriend Jed Sura.
Renee still enjoys going to Xena and other fantasy conventions. She was a guest at Xena Con 2011 and 2012 alongside Lucy Lawless.
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