So I have to admit this next autograph session was a big deal for me. I discovered Xena when I was about 12 or 13 and I had this huge crush on Lucy Lawless. She was Xena: Warrior Princess, and I was just this closeted preteen who had to pretend to be looking at Hercules instead of Xena. Anyway this was a huge deal for me and for the first time I was kind of nervous.
I nervously picked my 8×10 picture and of course it was one with Xena and Gabrielle because of course I totally shipped them! Anyway, when it was my turn, Lucy was extremely nice and said hello as I slid my autograph over to her. We chatted casually about Xena before my moment of truth. Do I tell this woman the huge crush that I had on her as a teenager or do I keep it to myself out of fear I’d like weirding her out. I decided to go for it. It could have been the exhaustion of attending a convention for 4 days or it could have been the heavy dosage of antibiotics I was taking, but I leaned in a little close and said to her as she was signing my autograph that I had a huge crush on her while she was on Xena. She stopped signing and this was my oh shit moment, because I didn’t know what to expect and I certainly didn’t expect her to look at me smiling and ask who my TV crush was now. A little shell shocked at first, my mouth might have dropped open a little, just a little, before I responded, “well of course you are. Look how beautiful you still look.” This got a nice smile out of Lucy Lawless and the information that I was about to be hugged. I if course accepted the hug and can now say that I was hugged by Lucy Lawless! Dreams do come true people.
After she finished the autograph I thanked her again and was on my happy way with a skip in my step. Here’s a bonus too because she totally remembered me by name for the photo-op. This wasn’t right after I met her either. This was hours later, after she met a bunch of other people and even did a Q&A panel! I have to say that Lucy Lawless is an amazing woman and I was so glad to be able to meet her. She totally made my MegaCon and I’ll be talking about this meet and greet until the end of time.