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Renee O'Connor

Updated on October 3, 2012

Everything You Need to Know about Renee O'Connor

Renee O'Connor is best known for her role as Gabrielle in Xena: Warrior Princess. This highly talented actress from Houston, Texas has won the hearts of thousands of fans from around the globe.

Renee continues to work in film and TV, both as an actress and as a producer and director of independent films. She owns her own production companies, ROC Pictures and ROC Productions, and is also a talented artist.

More recently, Renee has turned teacher, holding Awareness Training seminars around the world, based on the teachings of Mary Rocamora.

Having had the pleasure of meeting Renee, I can confirm she is as warm and genuine as she appears. Read on to find out more about her and discover why she has so many loyal fans!

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Renee O'Connor photo courtesy of Whosyer Photography via Flickr Creative Commons

Three Reasons to LOVE Renee O'Connor

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1. She is a hugely talented actress who portrays her roles with strength and emotion

2. She is a unique, warm, genuine and friendly person as reported by all those who meet her

3. As well as acting, she directs, paints and runs her own companies too!

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Love Renee, Love Gabrielle!

Renee O'Connor Autograph from Personal Collection. Click to buy official photos from Creation
Renee O'Connor Autograph from Personal Collection. Click to buy official photos from Creation

Renee is best known for playing Gabrielle, warrior companion to Xena in the TV series Xena: Warrior Princess between 1995 and 2001.

The love for the fantasy series has never waned, and Renee continues to attend annual Xena conventions and interact with Xenites (Xena fans) regularly.

Message from Renee:

Another reason to love Renee is that she was sweet and kind enough to respond to this page! Back in January 2009 she sent me this email:

"Thank you.

I appreciate it, and your time in doing this for me.

cheers and take care,

Renee"

Agency Photo from personal collection
Agency Photo from personal collection

Where Is She Now?

Keep Up to Date with Renee's Independent Movies!

Renee has an official website for her production company ROC Pictures. Here you will find information about Renee and all of her film projects.

She has made numerous independent films including Diamonds and Guns and Words Unspoken, which stars her partner Jed Sura and her son Miles Muir. Her current film, Infinity, is due for festival screenings soon.

Renee has also been running awareness seminars in the US, Canada and Europe, based on the teachings of Mary Rocamora. She also continues to attend Xena conventions in Burbank, California each January.

Buy Renee O'Connor on DVD

Renee's terrific short film, Words Unspoken, is only available for purchase direct from ROC Pictures. You can find it under the Words Unspoken section and payment is via Paypal.

Awareness Seminars with Renee O'Connor
Awareness Seminars with Renee O'Connor

I Am Aware: Awareness with Renee O'Connor

Renee teaches Awareness Seminars

"What is Awareness?

Awareness... is to be 'defined' by direct experiences of an open heart.

Awareness training is the practice of paying attention to our Ego's thoughts and emotions with sincere curiosity, so we may live in the heart, in the Now. By practicing to Release our desires to live in expectation or obligation, we experience the feeling of Being...connected to our true self, and others, truly living a life aware... more creative, more expansive, and more joyful."

- Renee O'Connor

Renee has been teaching Awareness Training based on the teachings and books by Mary Rocamora. So far she has held seminars in the USA, UK. Canada and France. She hopes to return with more soon. You can find out more about her seminars and keep an eye out for new ones at her website I Am Aware.

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Renee O'Connor photo courtesy of Pasadena Burbank via Flickr Creative Commons
Renee O'Connor photo courtesy of Pasadena Burbank via Flickr Creative Commons

Renee O'Connor Official Fan Club

Renee has an official fan club page complete with fan forum, which she posts at from time to time. Visit the beautiful ROC Fan Club, to view her news updates, film projects, videos and more, including a gallery of gorgeous shots.

You can now join for free and keep up to date with all the latest news. You can also find all her other sites and links in one place, as well as read her recommendations and find which charities she supports.

Renee no longer has a shopping section on her site (this used to sell her photos and artwork) but you can still find her products on CafePress.

"I thought having a doll named after 'Gabby' was cool, but now I am 'over the moon! ' I am feeling very mercurial right now. "

- Renee on finding out the planet 'Xena' was to have one of its moons named 'Gabrielle'.

Renee O'Connor Interviews & Appearances

Renee O'Connor Mini Biography

Renee O'Connor photo courtesy of Pasadena Burbank via Flickr Creative Commons
Renee O'Connor photo courtesy of Pasadena Burbank via Flickr Creative Commons

* Renee was born Evelyn Renee O'Connor on 15th February 1971, in Katy, a suburb of Houston, Texas

* She is the daughter of Walter and Sandra O'Connor

* She has one brother, Chris

* Renee has two children - a son, Miles William Muir (born in September 2001), from her marriage to first husband Steve Muir, and a daughter, Iris Sura O'Connor (born in March 2006), with her partner, actor Jed Sura

Renee O'Connor and Family on Film - Mocumentaties on YouTube, starring her partner and daughter!

Here are two videos on YouTube filmed by Renee. They star her partner Jed Sura as mock jock Donnie LeDroit. Part Two also features her beautiful daughter Iris in her acting debut - certainly a mini Renee in the making!

Renee O'Connor is Most Famous For... - Playing Gabrielle!

Renee O'Connor Autograph from Personal Collection. Buy official photos from Creation
Renee O'Connor Autograph from Personal Collection. Buy official photos from Creation

Renee is of course best known for playing Xena's 'sidekick' Gabrielle in the fantasy series Xena: Warrior Princess.

Gabrielle was a character that viewers took to their hearts. As the seasons progressed, Gabrielle moved beyond the stigmas of 'sidekick' and 'the irritating blonde' and evolved into a strong, powerful woman in her own right. She was Xena's soulmate and her saviour, keeping the warrior princess on the path of light and providing words of wisdom at all the right moments.

First and foremost, Gabrielle was a bard. A gifted writer and storyteller, she kept a 'diary' of the adventures she and Xena shared in the form of scrolls (which, according to the show's storyline, were eventually excavated and formed the inspiration for the TV series!).

A young village girl when she first met Xena, she was eager to explore the world and become a mighty warrior like her new heroine. However the wonderful thing about early Gabrielle was that although she learned to fight, she never took a life.

Season Three of Xena saw Gabrielle put through the emotional wringer, and every moment was played with incredible talent by Renee. From the loss of her blood innocence to her assault by the evil god Dahak, the birth of her demon child to the incidents leading up to the death of Xena's son, which saw the two friends undergo a terrible division. They were, of course, reunited in forgiveness, but it still took Gabrielle a long time to get over her terrible memories. Would this series have been half as powerful if not for the versatile, engaging performances given by Renee?

Gabrielle went on to be inspired by spiritual 'devi' Eli and embark on a path of peace. However, this was to come to an abrupt and breathtaking end when Xena was in mortal danger. Gabrielle the warrior was back, and this time she was prepared to kill for her friend. The moments where Xena watches helplessly as her friend becomes a killer of Roman soldiers is incredibly emotional.

Seasons Five and Six saw Gabrielle develop as a warrior. This leads us to the series finale, where Gabrielle had to let her beloved soul friend go and take over where she had left off.

"I hear they are in need of a girl with a chakram," Gabrielle says of Egypt, the place to which she is headed in the final scene. And we can but wonder what adventures await the battling bard, and marvel at how far she has come.

Gabrielle's Hair - The Long and Short of It! - GABBY'S HAIR - LONG VS SHORT!

There were many debates on Xena... Were they lovers or best friends? Should Xena have died or survived? Love Joxer or hate Joxer? And of course the most important of all... did you prefer Gabby's hair long or short??? And why?

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I liked Gabrielle's hair best when it was

Autograph from Personal Collection

A famous, informative and funny interview with Renee, where she talks about her roles as actress, producer and filmmaker and how she came to direct Diamonds and Guns. She also discusses how she managed to fund her projects with the help of her loyal Xenites, her influences, directing Xena and much more.

  1. Renee played Lady Macbeth in the Shakespeare by the Sea production of Macbeth
  2. Renee has a cat called Kiaora, which means "hello" in Maori
  3. Renee had a part in the Tales from the Crypt episode "The Switch", famous for being directed by Arnold Schwarzenegger, but ended up on the cutting room floor
  4. Renee's mother Sandra and stepfather Eddie Wilson own the famous Threadgills restaurants in Texas, where many Renee fans drop by to say hi
  5. Renee's original fan club was run by her mother in the 90's
  6. She was voted number one in the lesbiaNATION poll 2006, beating Xena co-star Lucy Lawless into second place
  7. It was a running joke on Xena that Gabrielle's costume magically shrank season by season
  8. Renee works on those abs by keeping fit on the gym ball, kickboxing, horse riding and rock climbing. She is also proficient in martial arts
  9. She has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro
  10. Nicknames include ROC, Stumpy and Ren
  11. She is 5 ft 4
  12. Her favourite movie is The Piano
  13. Renee still regularly attends the annual Official Xena Convention in the USA, where she is known to dress up for photo ops in a different Gabrielle costume each year!

Renee's Dedication to Charity

Help Support Renee's Causes

As well as raising money towards her independent movie projects, Renee also raises tons of money for charity through her eBay auctions and by donating prizes for other auctions and events. One of the main charities that she supports is the Alisa Ann Ruch Burns Foundation. You can find out more about this charity and how to support it here.

Renee also supports the Richstone Family Center and KOPN's Charity Event. You can find out more about all of her charities on the charity page of the Official Renee O'Connor Website.

The popular AUSXIP site also hosts regular charity auctions, and in the past has raised money for the Renee O'Connor Outreach Fund, supporting such causes as the Huilloq school project in Peru, in collaboration with Christopher Howard's company to help eradicate poverty. You can keep an eye out for future auctions at the AUSXIP website.

Great Renee O'Connor Toys! - But which are your faves?

Renee was immortalized in plastic as Gabrielle, the Battling Bard. But which of her many incarnations was the best?

Xena Warrior Princess Amazon Princess Gabrielle Doll
Xena Warrior Princess Amazon Princess Gabrielle Doll

The world of Xena: Warrior Princess is a fantastic realm of heroes, gods, and villains, who often transcend the boundaries of time and space. Here is a 12-inch collectible doll of Xena's trusted, long-time companion, Gabrielle, dressed as a spectacular Amazon empress from the episode "The Quest." Gabrielle's outfit features both cloth and imitation suede construction. It's trimmed with metallic stitching and includes a truly awesome headdress. Gabrielle's hair is realistic and rooted, and she al...

 
Renee O'Connor Xena Warrior Princess EMPRESS GABRIELLE 12" Action Figure (1999 ToyBiz)
Renee O'Connor Xena Warrior Princess EMPRESS GABRIELLE 12" Action Figure (1999 ToyBiz)

Empress Gabrielle from "The Bitter Suite" episode Brand New in perfect box never opened from 1999

 

The Best Renee O'Connor Links on the Web!

Here is the definitive list of the best Renee websites around...

Shout Out For Renee O'Connor! - Why do you love Renee?

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      Laura Brown 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      We always watched Hercules and then Xena too. They had a great sense of humour, didn't take themselves seriously and didn't fall into being too stupid. Could not post to your poll above. Gave up after a few tries.

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      RedHairedRockHead 5 years ago

      I never watched the series, mainly because a friend of mine tried to force me to watch it! It's certainly the type of show I like though.I think I'll try a season and see if I like. Thanks for the lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I could go on and on about how you inspire me, and how the knowledge that there are still otehrs out there like me helped me through a lot...but Ill just cut it short and sum it up with saying you are my hero..and always will be....well you and lucy x3 but mostly you.

      and again my security word was "cownerd" where do these come from!?!?

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      JimDickens 5 years ago

      Very nice

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      bhavesh lm 5 years ago

      Wow, I actually have something in common with her. Like her work with awareness training. I own a people development firm called Awayre which means "the way of awareness." Also loved her work in Xena.

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      What a great lens!

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      lilymom24 5 years ago

      Loved her character in Xena and thought that all of the cast had great chemistry. It was too funny how Joxer was always following them around. Now that I have been reminded of the show, I'll be checking in to Netflix to see if they have it. =)

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      She is wonderful and beautiful when staring as Xena. She is the heroine for everyone.

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      Sunshine38 LM 5 years ago

      I used to watch Xena in the 90s all the time, brings back memories!!

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      Blackspaniel1 5 years ago

      Nice lens

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      Thanks for introducing me to this popular actress.

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      Nathalie Roy 5 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Great fan page about renee O'Connor. I knew her from Xena. She is a beautiful person.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Sharon like Renee O'Connor like horse Riding and Sharon like Horse Riding to.

      Sharon like Renee O'Connor love and Renee O'Connor is Sharon Hero and

      Lucy Lawless is Sharon Hero to.

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      daphnedangerlov1 5 years ago

      I loved her as Gabrielle. It was just fascinating to watch the evolution of her character (and her abs!) over the run of that show. Now I've passed my love for Xena and Gabrielle onto my kids! This was a great read, thanks!

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      JCEverett 6 years ago

      I saw her when in earlier roles not realizing who she was. She is a good actress, I've only seen her in her Hercules movies and the Xena series, but I enjoyed her presence.

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      littlezotz 6 years ago

      Very well put together page. I'm going to send this to my BFF. She probably already knows all the stuff that's on here (she is SUCH a fan), but she'll be hyped to see someone took the time to whip up such a nice fan page. :)

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      RuthCoffee 6 years ago

      Sounds like she's done some interesting things with her career.

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      RebeccaE 7 years ago

      Renee is a great actress and i did so love here on Xena-- I could aalmost say she did really add to the show. Great lens.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I love Renee's acting. I miss seeing her on tv-my wish is for her to get back on a successful tv series because someone who has the talents she has should be shared with huge audience.She is the kindest ,bravest person who i have ever had the honor to meet.She is the real deal.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I love Renee because she is such a genuine, caring, talented, and beautiful person on the inside and outside. She never acts like she stuck up or too good for the average person. She is definitely a good role model .

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      ashroc 8 years ago

      Brilliant lens, lots of current information, heaps that i didn't know. great job!

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      EyeWomski 8 years ago

      This a really nice page. It's specific, and easy to follow. A lot of information.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I love what you've done with this page!!! Look how many unique details there are. I thoroughly enjoyed Reading it over. I do now very much appreciated Renee. She would love this page too :)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I love what you've done with this page!!! Look how many unique details there are. I thoroughly enjoyed Reading it over. I do now very much appreciated Renee. She would love this page too :)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I love what you've done with this page!!! Look how many unique details there are. I thoroughly enjoyed Reading it over. I do now very much appreciated Renee. She would love this page too :)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I LOVE Renee! ROC rocks! This is an awesome page, thanks for creating!