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California to the rescue                                                                                           06 May 2013

Thank you to everyone who came out in support of Best Friends and their NKLA initiative. Over 400 animals found forever homes which is a tremendous achievement. 408 dogs and cats, 2 bunnies and 1 boa constrictor not counting the rescue groups that don't do adoptions on site.
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AUSXIP Starship Charity Auction                                                                               March 19 2013

Hi Everyone,

I'm thrilled to once again be a part of the annual AUSXIP Starship Charity Auction benefitting the Starship Children's Hospital. They provide families with medical assistance regardless of their financial situation and rely heavily on public support in order to maintain equipment and to provide the high standard of health care for children that is currently available.

This year I have a couple of autographed pictures as well as some memorabilia from the movie Drift (a signed T-shirt & Cap), an autographed In The Tub book and the piece de resistance, a lunch date with me!

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Happy End of Year                                                                                                 December 22 2012

Hi Everyone,

I'm in beautiful Savannah Georgia and we've just wrapped on the dark comedy Killing Winston Jones. This film has been such a joy to make and I really cannot wait for you all to see it. Savannah is simply gorgeous, so much American history and culture here and I've filled up my instagram with all the beautiful Georgian architecture. I've had an absolute blast with the cast, Danny Masterson, Danny Glover, Jon Heder, Richard Dryfuss, Aly Michalka and Tyler Labine and of course our director Joel David Moore. They are rare breed of talent, class and humility. It's been a blast, but after 3 weeks on location I'm looking forward to getting back to Eli and my LA family to celebrate Xmas!

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Wizard World Comic Con in Chicago                                                                       August 15 2012

Well, I'm back in LA after an awesome weekend at Wizard Comic Con in Chicago. Firstly, thank you to all those lovely folks who came out to see Craig, Katrina and myself. You Chi Town locals sure do know how to make a girl feel special. I seriously had so much fun with you all and I hope you guys enjoyed our little trio.

Some highlights? Well, I literally wanted to kidnap every cute kid that came near me, (I dunno, I'm feeling broody I guess), so I have to thank the mothers of the adorable little babies and toddlers for putting up with my need to cuddle their little ones. I also have to make mention that I was pleased to meet some of you who post regularly on my Facebook and Twitter pages. Always lovely putting a face to the name, yes Queen, this one is for you. [...]

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It's ok to be Gagoo                                                                                                      July 14 2012

Baby Gagoo I wanted to share with you the story of Baby Gagoo and Nkosi's Haven.

Baby Gagoo is the creation of actress Vanessa Marcil Giovinazza with the help of her husband Carmine Giovinazzo. You may remember I had the pleasure of working with Carmine on both CSI NY and the feature film Duke. Earlier this year, I attended the launch of this wonderful idea with another CSI NY star Hill Harper. Coverage of the event is in the current issue of Coco Eco Magazine. [...]

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New site is now online                                                                                                 July 04 2012

Hey guys!

Welcome to the new and improved site! Roland has been working tirelessly with me on this and I'd just like to say a huge THANK YOU to him for all his hard work.

As you can see, I've been doing lots of fun new photo shoots and we've added some new content as well. In particular I'd like to direct you to the "Living Green" section in the charity section as well as the NKLA tab. Here I will be talking about eco friendly brands and products I've come across and where you can purchase them.

I've also added to the list of my favorite fashion labels and I'll be updating this section with pieces I love so be sure to check it out from time to time. An additional section called "My People" is now available and it includes a group individuals I have loved working with....they range from stylists and makeup artists to web designers and documentary film makers.

Hope you like what we've come up with. As always thank you so much for your love and support. I read all your letters, tweets and Facebook posts and would love to know what you think!

Much love,
LA
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'Drift' & Wizard Comic Con                                                                                             June 10 2012

Hey Everyone!

"Drift" - the film I did with Sam Worthington and the delightful Xavier Samuel, Robyn Malcolm and Myles Pollard - will be released next year around Feb or March. It was presented at the Cannes Film Festival this year and has received great feedback. For those who don't know, "Drift" is loosely based on the Quicksilver story and is set in the 70's, right on the cusp of when this recreational activity turned into a professional sport.

More recently, I had the pleasure of visiting the Wizard Comic Con with my Spartacus co stars, Craig Parker and Katrina Law. Firstly, Philly was so beautiful and so rich with culture. I loved walking "The streets of Philadelphia", as Craig and I kept singing, soaking in the history and architecture. The best part of course was meeting all the amazing fans who came out to see us. Some all the way from England, Tokyo and surrounding states. It was my first comic con so I definitely had my fangirl moment....You know him from Star Trek but I was a huge Denny Crane fan so meeting Mr William Shatner was a weekend highlight! One of the biggest surprises was meeting some Diplomatic Immunity Fans! The little New Zealand comedy that could....my first every acting gig and lucky me, I played opposite Craig which is how we met....long before Spartacus. Meeting fans in America who saw it was a wonderful surprise and had Craig and I squealing with laughter!

All in all, so much fun and I truly appreciate the love you showed us in Philly. Special thanks to the team at Wizard Con for taking such good care of us as well as Stacey, Isabel and AJ. Here are some pics from the weekends antics. Next stop will be Wizard Con in Chicago in August! Hope to see some of you there!

Enjoy and thanks for stopping by!

LA
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Goodbye                                                                                                                    April 03 2012

Dana and CaseyIt is with much sadness and a heavy heart that I write this blog today. I am humbly reminded of how precious little time we have with those who mean most to us. Casey, has passed away.

For those not familiar with Casey's plight, she suffered with breast cancer for the last 6 years. She is the best friend of someone very dear to me, Dana. These two amazing women have known each other for over 15 years and Dana has been there with Casey every step of the way. After losing her job last year because of her illness, I offered Casey a stay in my home while filming in Australia last year. This had been her life for the last 8 months really... staying in the homes of friends while she bravely battled this disease. In an attempt to give her a more permanent solution where she could rest easy in a place of her own each night, Dana and I set up a pay pal account where folks could donate money as we were attempting to buy her an RV.

I would like to personally thank everyone who donated. The generosity and kindness shown towards a complete stranger instills yet again my belief in the human spirit and goodness in folks out there. In particular I would like to thank Erin Cummings who so kindly opened her home on more than one occasion, Nick Tarabay, Ross Kohn and Mary D for their donations as well as Karin Horen fiancé to co-star Manu Bennett for reaching out when I needed some help with various Cancer organizations.

In the last couple years Cancer has claimed three amazing lives, my beloved grandfather, my co-star and our dearest Andy Whitfield and now Casey. Here's to finding a cure to rid us of it once and for all.

My thoughts and prayers are with Casey's family and to Dana my friend, thank you for the introduction, an honor to have spent the time I did with her albeit so brief. I love you. x

LA

What can you do?                                                                                                   March 02 2012

Hey Everyone!

The shifting conditions prompted federal scientists last December to propose a “threatened” listing for polar bears under the Endangered Species Act. So the Greenpeace protest in New Zealand recently got me thinking. For those who don't know, co star Lucy Lawless and several other Greenpeace protesters occupied a Shell drilling vessel to try and delay it's departure for the Arctic. Shell has plans to start drilling in this pristine, delicate and extremely fragile environment and Greenpeace with the help of Lucy and hundreds of thousands of supporters, myself included, are saying "Hells No!". Why? Imagine an oil spill in one of the most remote parts of the world. Imagine the thousands of species both in the water and on land that would be destroyed or affected. Imagine the millions of dollars it would take to clean up a spill, dollars that could be spent on developing renewable energy. Because that same oil they are desperately trying to find, will only end up as fuel emissions further adding to the Global Warming problem we have. It seems incomprehensible that 3 years worth oil is worth destroying one the most beautiful places on earth. Thinking about it, we are the only species who have the capability of destroying its own habitat, but we also have the intelligence/science not to. The protest was extensively covered by Mary D at Ausxip and there are some great pics! http://www.lucylawless.info/eco-warrior/2012/arcticprotest/index.html If you would like more information on the issue with Shell's plans in Arctic this blog explains it quite well http://www.voxy.co.nz/lifestyle/lucy-lawless-v-shell-david-v-goliath/268/115896

Arctic ice in 1980 Arctic ice in 2012
Images: LiveSience.com - Arctic's Old Ice Vanishing Rapidly, NASA Study Finds

While visiting my friends house and discussing the subject with her and her fiancé something very apparent dawned on me. The whole "Global Warming" concept is something that the average person perhaps doesn't understand, chooses not to understand or wants to understand and help, but doesn't know where to start.

Rally organized by Greenpeace in 2009 Rally organized by Greenpeace in 2009 #SaveTheArctic protest in February 2012

In 2009, Lucy took me down to a little Greenpeace gathering in the Auckland CBD. The aim was to let the Prime Minister know that New Zealanders want to government to commit to a 40% fuel emission reduction by 2020. And there was my first introduction to the problem. Like many out there, I was as green as the next guy. I recycled, in fact my boyfriend at the time called me a recycling freak. I'd literally dig through trash! I used energy saving light bulbs, took my own bags to the grocery store and bought eco friendly house hold products.

So I thought I'd share with you guys how you can all become a little greener in your home. Most people think it takes a lot of effort but it really doesn't.

  • Recycle: Seems simple right? But I am amazed how many of my American friends don't. Separating plastic, tin and cardboard really isn't that hard. And there are depots all over Los Angeles and other cities I'm sure, where you are actually paid for your recycling.
  • Reusable bags: It is so strange to me that I still see folks using plastic and paper bags. And I seriously don't get the whole "double bagging" thing. In South Africa and New Zealand, you actually have to pay for bags if you haven't brought your own. So it has been ingrained in our heads. Keep it in your car, that way you never forget.
  • Packaging: When did we all get so lazy? Why the need to have have everything precut, prepared and ready to go. What happened to cutting your own broccoli and pineapple? The amount of packaging in supermarkets is crazy and it is a huge money making industry in America. I get it, we all have busy lives, but I have to say, I've at times been able to literally taste the pesticide on the food that had been kept fresh by an air sealed bag.
  • Farmers Markets: There are so many all over LA. This is a great website that helps you find one close to wherever you live. http://www.localharvest.org I enjoy visiting my local one in Larchmont and getting my weekly produce there for many reasons. It tastes good, it's locally grown and not being travelled in from other parts of the country thus helping reduce fuel emissions, it works out be cost effective because it lasts longer, no packaging to recycle. I don't know about you but I hate getting home wanting some yummy strawberries (when in season), only for them to be moldy down the bottom. And by the way, I bike to the market, good exercise!
  • Grains
  • Buying food in season: Some of the tomatoes I've seen in supermarkets look like they have a spinal column and teeth they are so big. Who wants to eat something that looks like it could eat you! Seasonal fruits and veggies are not meant to be available all year round. They have to be travelled in from all over the world and in the process add to Global warming via associated fuel emissions. So try keeping it local. This blog http://mynewroots.blogspot.com/ is just heaven. Costume designer and dear friend Jane Johnston got me onto it to. It has wonderful recipes that are healthy, delicious and utilize seasonal food. That way, you can mix things up when you're cooking and do your part to help the environment. My favorite is the quinoa breakfast.
  • Eco Friendly cleaning products: Greenpeace New Zealand has a great section on their site called "Green your life" http://www.greenpeace.org/new-zealand/en/take-action/green-your-life/ It gives you handy eco friendly tips for your household that use everyday things like lemons, baking soda and is extremely cost effective if the household budget is tight. I also love "The Eco Store" products http://www.ecostoreusa.com/category/shop/household/
  • Grow your food: If you have the space at home, growing your own little veggie garden is a great way to ensure you and your family are eating right. It's good family time too! I helped a friend of mine plant her garden back in NZ and the kids loved heading out every evening to pick lettuce for the nights salad. I understand this option is not available for everyone.
  • Local flora: Currently landscaping? Check to see what local flora you can plant. Plants that are indigenous to your area.
  • Composting: Your household produces an enormous amount of waste each year that could be composted. Having a compost or worm bin in your back yard is a great way to reduce your waste pile and help protect the environment. Found out how to start one here: http://www.greenpeace.org/new-zealand/en/take-action/green-your-life/composting/
  • At the end of the day its simple. We have one planet, we have to live responsibly. In my small way, I try and do what I can so here's my challenge to you. Do one thing this week that greens your home!

    Thanks for taking the time to read!

    LA
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    A face to the Name                                                                                                January 09 2012

    Hi Everyone,

    Lesley-Ann and Casey Firstly Happy New Year!!! I hope you've had an amazing start to 2012. In many ways I feel that this year is going to be a huge one of change for me, and I for one am excited about what lies ahead.

    So... I thought I'd put "A face to the Name". As many of you know, I have been trying to raise funds for my friend Casey. Casey has been living with breast cancer for the past 6 years and in June of 2011 lost her job and subsequently her home. The wonderful thing about this story is that complete strangers have extended their helping hands since my very first blog on the subject. To all of you who have donated, to all MY friends who have pitched in financially, and especially to Erin Cummings for opening up her home... thank you. I am humbled.

    As it stands, Casey has secured an RV but it is in need of repairs and cleaning. She still has to travel long distances to get the medical treatment she needs and is at present living week to week. She has the most amazing will to want to live and I am committed to her and helping this dear women have the best possible 2012 she can.

    Thank you ever so much for helping me achieve this.

    Lesley-Ann
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    Christmas Message                                                                                               December 24 2011

    Hi All,

    It's that lovely time of year again where we all come together with our families and celebrate the holidays. My parents are currently in South Africa having an amazing time with the family there, my brother is currently in New Zealand with our family there and I am in Los Angeles with no family. Ha! go figure! I am blessed though to have the most amazing friends here and I am looking forward to the big fat organic Turkey my friend Jane is currently preparing!

    Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas! Have a wonderful time with your families and be safe!

    Much love,
    LA & Eli
    xxx

    An update on Casey                                                                                               December 15 2011

    Hi All,

    Firstly, thank you so much for the donations we have received thus far. Casey is completely overwhelmed by the support from complete strangers and on her behalf I thank you.

    I wanted to keep you updated on where your money is being spent. We are still trying to raise funds for her RV, but this week Casey's car broke down and we have had to use some of the funds to fix it as she is in the process of getting blood work done as well as a cat scan. If you are new to this cause, please read my previous blog regarding Casey's situation and should you wish to help, we have a paypal account set up.

    I know the holidays are a particularly difficult time of year for many and I am sincerely grateful to those who have been able to donate.

    Much love,
    LA
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    Birthday Blog - Hangover 3 : Written, Directed & Starring Me                               December 04 2011

    Lesley-Ann Brandt
    Marisa Ramirez &  Lesley-Ann Brandt
    Marisa Ramirez & Lesley-Ann Brandt
    Had a great time at my birthday and wanted to share some pics with you. As you can see, it started out civil and then it all went downhill, ha ha! Special thanks to makeup artist, Jennifer Hanching for getting me all glamed up. And to all of you out there, thank you for all the wonderful messages and tweets. You sure do know how to make a girl feel special!

    Besos!
    LA
    Lesley-Ann Brandt & Jennifer Hanching
    Lesley-Ann Brandt & Jennifer Hanching
    Lesley-Ann Brandt
    with Mark Rousso and Lisa Blum (Managers - New Wave Entertainment)
    with Mark Rousso and Lisa Blum (Managers - New Wave Entertainment)
    Marisa Ramirez &  Lesley-Ann Brandt

    Let's help Casey!                                                                                                     November 16 2011

    Eli There are a few times in one’s life where we are given the opportunity to change a person’s reality entirely. Now is one of those times. A dear friend of mine Dana, has brought the plight of one her life-long friends, Casey, to my attention. Casey has advanced breast cancer. She has holistically survived this phenomenon without the use of any western medicine for more than 6 years. But this past June she was unable to continue her job and consequently lost her apartment in July. She has no home, no family who are able to assist and no source of income.

    In Dana's words:
    "There is no one I know who has ever helped more people than Casey, she has devoted the last 25 years of her life to helping people in the most profound ways. Now I would like to help her. I am asking for any donation amount that will help us to purchase a small RV for Casey to live in and pay for the tags and registration."

    We have set up a Pay Pal account where you are able to donate and it is possible to give you a 501c3 tax deductible receipt. No matter how big or small, Casey, Dana and myself thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

    I have had my own personal experience with Cancer when I lost my grandfather in season 1 of Spartacus. I rest easy knowing that right to the very end, his quality of life was never affected and that he was surrounded by family who loved him. It is my hope that with your help, we are able to give Casey a home so that she is able to rest easy and tackle this disease head on.

    If you would like to find out more about Casey or exchange donation for her astrology services, please visit www.chironbabies.com

    Much love,
    LA

    A Birthday request                                                                                               November 09 2011

    Lesley-Ann and Eli Hey Everyone,

    I'm back home in LA and couldn't be happier to see Eli. I missed that pooch so much! 3 months felt like a lifetime!

    It's amazing how much joy he has brought me and how unconditional his love is. Eli came from an abused home which is hard to believe when you look at those beautiful blue eyes. He was very thin, not well behaved around other dogs because he hadn't really been socialized, but he had so much love to give. I was meant to be going to a baseball game that day with my agent and stopped off at the park on Beverly Blvd to see the dogs and cats that were up for adoption. I really had no intention of getting a dog but I always stop whenever I see these adoption events. Cut to me flaking on my agent and welcoming this gorgeous boy into my home. Being a Husky he is a lot of work. They need tons of exercise so we run everyday and he's out at least 3 or 4 times with me.Eli They are pack dogs and don't really like being left alone so he comes to work with me when he's allowed and is crated other times but never for long. I got him around 10 months old when is usually when people who have bought Huskies as pups, put them up for adoption. They have not done their homework and are now dealing with a teenage dog that has a ton of energy and is probably acting out at home, chewing things etc. I made sure I read up on the breed and it's been wonderful having him around. If I'm late with dinner, he loves me, if I'm grumpy, he loves me, if I'm running around doing a million things he's happy to come along for the ride. He changed my life and in particular, being a rescue dog, he and I have this unspoken bond.


    Eli So... I have a birthday coming up on Dec 2 and I wondered if instead of sending cards and letters (which I love), you might consider helping an animal in need of a good home. My friends at the the Best Friends Animal Society are dedicated to ensuring that every animal they can possibly help is given a chance at a good life. Eli is a pure bread husky and cost me all of $50 to adopt. A $30 donation to the rescue group and $20 to change his microchip information. There are thousands of pets in need of a home and if you are looking for a purebreds, please consider checking the Best Friends website or the local shelters in your neighborhood first BUT please make sure you read up on the breed and mixes to ensure that you can take care of their needs. Some breeds have more energy than others so it's good to know that before moving forward. I don't believe in buying pets like dogs and cats from pet stores or breeders. There are too many animals out there who are euthanized everyday. It would make me so happy knowing that at least a few animals will have a new home this Xmas.

    Besos!
    LA

    Mittens for Detroit                                                                                                October 31 2011

    Erin Cummings and Lesley-Ann Brandt My dear friend and Spartacus Costar Erin Cummings is bringing back the simple gift of giving as Mittens for Detroit gears up for another year. The idea is simple, donate gloves are the various drop box locations and Erin and her team of charities distribute them. In fact Mittens now have a 501c3 charity status which means not only are you able to help by donating gloves, but you can also make financial donations through the Mittens for Detroit website. For more information see the below link and check out the charity page on this site. Erin is also currently starring in a recurring role on ABCs new show Pan Am! Look out for Ginny Saddler!

    If you'd like to donate, please, visit the official website at www.mittensfordetroit.org/donate/

    Related video: Erin talks about Mittens for Detroit year 2 kickoff and Pan Am.

    Sydney                                                                                                                    October 08 2011

    Hi Everyone,

    So I'm all wrapped up on the film Drift which was such an amazing experience. Missing my coffees from Cafe 131 and the dinners at Must Bar with Robyn and Xavier already!

    Xavier Samuel and Lesley-Ann Brandt
    Robyn Malcolm and Lesley-Ann Brandt

    I am anxious to get back to California and hit up Strider Wasilewski for some more surf lessons...watch out grommets!

    I've had an amazing time here in Sydney and have met the loveliest group of people who have really made me feel so welcome. Thank you to my new Sydney family Kate, Bianca, Ben, Aldo, Scott and Nadim for looking after me and showing me around. Sydney really is a lovely city and I've had at the pleasure of seeing some great live bands as well as really good theatre. If you're around these parts, go check out "And they call him Mr Glamour" at the Belvour Theatre. Wickedly funny! For your foodies out there, Pho's in Newtown has the best Vietnamese and the Arabian bircher muesli at Clipper Cafe in Glebe is absolutely delicious! I love the arty feel of both of these little suburbs. You're never far away from stumbling upon a great second hand book, or some interesting live music in some quirky little bar. Kate Wadey a very talented singer and who has become a dear friend, performs locally. Her style is soulful and if you're a Jill Scott, Adele or an Alisha Keys fan, you will love Kate. She has been so kind as to spend some time giving me vocal lessons while I've been here. Not that I come close to sounding as good as she does, but I think I'll be getting some more coaching back in LA.....I'll be soulful singing surfer chick! ha, ha!

    Actors Aldo Mignone, Benedict Samuel and Bianca Kostic-London
    Singer/Actress Kate Wadey and Actress Bianca Kostic-London
    In the Blue Mountains
    In the Blue Mountains
    In the Blue Mountains

    Most recently I did the most amazing trip to the Blue Mountains. If I thought Margaret River was gorgeous, well this place just took my breath away. I couldn't believe this place was only a couple hours out of Sydney! It's about a 3-3.5 hour hike, longer if you take a different route, but it is majestic and well worth a visit. My friend Bianca Kostic-London and I did go a little crazy though....here's the video to prove it!

    And just a reminder to all your Zombie loving fans out there in NYC, Syfy's Zombie Apocalypse will be premiering on Sat 10/15 @ 5:30pm at the NYC Comic Con!

    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Much love,
    LA
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    Andy                                                                                                                    September 16 2011

    With Andy as Spartacus I would like to extend my sincere appreciation on behalf the cast and crew of Spartacus for the love and support we have received. I know Andy was deeply moved by all your messages of support and gained much strength in knowing how much you were all cheering him on. We appreciate that our loss extends far beyond his family and friends and it is an honor to be in the company of such a compassionate group of people. Thank you to the amazing fans of Spartacus who have dug deep and risen to the occasion in support of Andy's family during this difficult time.

    Your love reminds me that the human spirit is truly a beautiful thing.

    Much love,

    Lesley-Ann

    The Official Andy Whitfield Trust Fund                                                                September 14 2011

    Dear Friends,

    A trust fund has been set up in support of Andy's wife Vashti and his children. Vashti was a pillar of strength and is one of the bravest women I've ever met. Spartacus threw Andy into the limelight in a spectacular fashion and she was right next to him all the way. So let us show her that she has our unwavering love and support. The Official Andy Whitfield Trust Fund TPTB are working on getting a paypal account where people can make donations as well as a physical address for checks. However here are the details of an account for immediate donations.

    HSBC Bank Australia
    Account Name: RGM Artist Group Pty Ltd Trust Account
    Swift Code: HKBAAU2S
    Branch Code: 343-001
    Account No: 206 036 002
    Currency: AUD
    Reference: "Whitfield Donation"


    Thank you and much love,

    LA
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    Drift                                                                                                                    September 02 2011

    Hey Everyone,

    It has been such an amazing experience working on Drift and in Margaret River in Perth Australia. I am honestly working with one of the best crews to date....beautifully talented, hardworking professionals. Robyn Malcolm and Xavier Samuel have been my little partners in crime and have been more than willing to accompany me down that little road known as "My head hurts". It's pretty hard not to want to sample all the glorious selections Margaret River offers. For those of you who don't know, this is wine country.

    Had me a wee little accident while filming this week....rogue wave came at me from no where, with a shark and a pod of angry dolphins. I lie, I had a surf board attack me in the face. All's well though and I'm healing up nicely. I think the crew got more freaked out than I did, but I did manage to get the footage we needed and catch some good waves and I am definitely going to keep surfing after this film wraps. As you can see from the pics, nothing a little makeup couldn't fix.

    Xavier Samuel and Lesley-Ann Brandt
    Battle wounds!
    Amazing makeup artists! Like it never happened.
    Robyn Malcolm and Lesley-Ann
    The beautiful Western Australian sunset
    The beautiful Western Australian sunset

    Just to let you guys know, the feature film "Insight" will be opening in theaters this month. It's a great thriller so if you feel so inclined, please do go check it out. Details here. Also a little birdie told me that the trailer for Zombie Apocalypse is looking great! will post it to the site as soon as we get our hands on it.

    Well. we are almost done and it'll be sad to bid farewell to the gorgeousness of this little town, but a part of me is ready to head home to Los Angeles, see my little boy Eli and get back to warm weather!

    Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!

    LA
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    Welcome Blog                                                                                                               July 26 2011

    Hi Everyone!

    I'm so excited to finally have this site up and running. Firstly, I would like to start off with a HUGE thanks to Roland at Roland Design for helping me with the layout and design. It's a one stop shop on all things Lesley-Ann and a place where we can interact with each other. It is a monitored by an administrator but I will be actively involved in the community page, so please, register, I love talking to you all.

    It's been surreal settling in Los Angeles after finishing on Spartacus: Gods of the Arena last year and there've been some big changes in my career. I want to take the time to thank all my fans for the support I've received over the last few months. It's never easy stepping away from a show you loved so much and your messages/tweets of support mean so much to me.... Thank you! x

    I've just completed filming The Last Stand with Ving Rhames, Taryn Manning, Gary Weeks, Johnny Pacar, Lilan Bowden, Robert Blanche and Anya Monzikova. This will air on The Syfy channel in Oct/Nov of this year. It is set in the vain of Zombieland so I know those fans are going to love it! My role involved killing zombies pretty much all day. Bliss...and I finally got to use that gladiator training! We had an amazing cast and crew and I'm looking forward to seeing it air on the Syfy Channel later this year.

    Taryn Manning and me
    Taryn Manning and me
    Gary Weeks, Lilan Bowden and Anya Monzikova
    Gary Weeks, Lilan Bowden
    and Anya Monzikova
    Ving Rhames and me!
    Ving Rhames and me!
    Robert Blanche
    Robert Blanche

    Right now I'm in Margret River in Perth, Australia. We are in pre-production for the EXCITING new feature film Drift which will see me work opposite Sam Worthington, Myles Pollard and Xavier Samuel and with directors Morgan O'Neill and Ben Nott. The film is set in 1970's Australia and is based on the surf culture of that era. I had the pleasure of training with Quicksilver's Strider Wasilewski who is an amazing coach and an out right "cool dude". He only laughed and me a little:) I think I may have found my new hobby! Xavier, Miles and I had our first taste of the surf this morning! I can tell you it's a lot bigger than Malibu. The beautiful town folk of Margret River have made us feel so welcome and I'm looking forward to beginning principle photography next week.

    Margaret River, Australia, where we'll be shooting:
    Margaret River, Australia
    Margaret River, Australia
    Margaret River, Australia

    Well, I hope you guys enjoy the site. Again thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!

    Much Love,
    LA
    x

    Video Blog - Gods of the Arena                                                                               19 January 2011

    Lesley-Ann sent a video blog message to her fans from the set of Spartacus: Gods of the Arena - filmed back in November 2010 when they were just wrapping up production.

    Tune into Spartacus: Gods of the Arena to watch Lesley-Ann as Naevia!

    Gods of the Arena                                                                                               03 November 2010

    Hi Everyone!

    With Marisa Ramirez and Jessica Grace SmithIt's been ages since I blogged but I'm  crazy busy and we are now finally on the home stretch of the prequel - Gods of the Arena.  For all you fans out there this means one step closer till the prequel debuts in the USA!!!

    I've had a great time revisiting my character in her younger years.  I've been blessed, once again, to have worked with such talented actors and to have made some new friends.  In particular the lovely Marissa Ramirez, Jaime Murray and Jessica Grace Smith.  And it's been the most to see the old players, Doctore, Ashur Batiatus, Lucretia, Crixus and Barca.  We have some new gladiator additions too...Gannicus and Auctus to name a few....but....

    I can't give away any storyline for obvious reasons.  I can tell you guys that they have taken the show to another level and you are all in for some wonderful story telling, performances and yes....blood, sex and rock n roll.

    On another note, it is, of course, sad that Andy will not be returning to the series.  And while I don't wish to comment on his treatment out of respect for his privacy, I can say he he is a fighter!  Thank you for supporting this wonderful man and the show with all your messages and posts.

    Well, this is short and sweet.  I'm off to Los Angeles next week and I'm excited to share the debut of the prequel with all of you stateside.  Have a wonderful week and thanks for stopping by!

    Lesley-Ann
    x

    A Lady of Many Colours!                                                                                             25 April 2010

    My looks seem to have lots of you guessing. I've had numerous emails asking what my ethnicity is. You may know I'm South African, but what exactly does that mean?

    I thought I might give you a quick history lesson and hopefully shed some light on the matter. If you've ever visited my home country or read up on it, you'll know that historically, during the Apartheid era, South Africa had three main racial groups. "African (Black)", "White" and "Coloured". I fall into the "Coloured" category and like every South African, was issued an ID number at birth. The last two numbers in that ID number would identify me as "Coloured". In fact I still have my ID book and it is still used in South Africa today. You need your ID number to open a bank account, get your drivers license, basically you need your ID number to live in South Africa.

    Historically, it was required by law for black South Africans to carry a pass during Apartheid and if police couldn't tell if you were "Coloured" or "Black", your ID number was the only way to prove which category you fell into. Why would police care? Well there were of course areas reserved for white South Africans and for non white South Africans...Blankers en Nie Blankers (Afrikaans). Some "Coloured" South Africans looked white so again if they were unsure, your ID number would let them know. Everything from beaches, cafes, restrooms, train carriages, everything was segregated.

    When I think about it now, it all seems so backward but then so was Apartheid. And to prove just how backward and ridiculous it was, my father has just told me whilst writing this, that my late grandfather, who is pictured in this blog along with his sister, was once fired from a job because his boss didn't realise he was "Coloured". Guess he thought the tan was just all year round.

    You're probably still asking what makes a "Coloured", "Coloured". Well like the name suggests, it is someone of many colours. My heritage consists of German, ( my last name), Indian, British and Spanish. My mother has the Indian, but is very fair and could be mistaken for white if you've never met her or you're not from South Africa.

    Her father however was a very dark man with Indian heritage. Her mother had an olive complexion. My father on the other hand has mostly European heritage, (a white German grandfather on his fathers side and a white British Grandfather and Spanish grandmother on his mothers side), but looks much darker than me. On my dad's side, my grandfather had really dark olive colouring with green eyes and my grandmother was often mistaken as white during Apartheid. She would often sneak into white only grocery stores to buy food because no one really questioned her.

    When it all comes down to it, I'm a bit of a melting pot, not one or the other just different I guess. In Thailand, I'm mistaken as Thai, in New Zealand I've been told I look Polynesian, Indians can see my Indian heritage and in America, I've been told I look African American or Latin American. I like it that way.

    I was born on the African continent so technically, I am African along with everyone else born there and I embrace my heritage whole heartedly. The racial labels still left in South Africa today are very backward and prehistoric but it also played such a huge role in South Africa's politics, it's peoples history and ultimately it's rebirth as the Rainbow Nation.

    There is a really interesting documentary film about the "Cape Coloured" called "I am not Black, I'm Coloured" currently making it's way around various film festivals, 50 in total I believe. It's producer and director, Kierston Dunbar Chace, travels the world educating folks on this part of South African history. Below are two websites you can visit if you're interested in learning more and some comments on the documentary from Kiersten herself.

    The website is www.capecoloured.com (main film site) AND
    www.capecoloured.ning.com (social site).

    "For those of you learning about this for the first time... you are not alone. I travel the globe with this film in 'academic' arenas and in public settings. I can say that less than 5% of my audiences have heard about the millions of people in South Africa who 'were' classified Coloured. It is a very very complex history with many depths and layers and that is exactly why I produced the film. It is an historical/educational documentary that breaks down the inter-generational suffering endured by the Cape Coloured people politically, economically, socially and psychologically. And discusses in depth the 'structure' of Apartheid.

    All of this leads to a problem in the Western Cape today with millions of Coloured people struggling to 'fit in' into the New South Africa. They are now not black enough in terms of receiving equal job opportunities. I am 'not' here to promote my film but to just get the word out. At minimal just read the websites. And next time you are in South Africa - be sure to visit the Coloured townships and invest your love, your time and whenever possible your resources"

    Please do go check out the film, it's amazing to think that South Africa with all it's history of racism, is now currently hosting one of the Worlds biggest sporting events, the soccer/football world cup. Change is a wonderful thing.

    I hope this answers your question, have a great week and thanks for stopping by.

    Love,

    Lesley-Ann

    X

    Blog Update                                                                                                                 20 April 2010

    Hi Everyone!

    As the final episode aired, I was on set filming, thinking about the cast in LA attending the Spartacus finale party and those in NZ and Australia. Episode 13 was completely mind blowing!!! Actually, no, it was mind blasting, it literally blasted my mind! Everything from the action to the heartache of losing Duro, (I cried), to the massacre that unfolded frame by frame....I like so many of you was absolutely gobsmacked! Favourite scenes? Definitely Doctore confronting Ashur, they did a magnificent job. Crixus, FINALLY, deciding to Kill Them All, (I think I jumped up with my fist in the air), Spartacus and Crixus promising to fulfil each other's promise of either killing Batiatus or finding Naevia...I could go on and on.

    I was there, the final day of shooting and remember walking off set with Andy and some of the gladiators, feeling so honoured to have been a part of it all. So now , I find myself thinking about MY ride on the epic adventure that is Spartacus Blood and Sand Season 1.
    It all started in an audition room with a scene I remember all too well. Naevia questions Crixus on why he gave the necklace to Lucretia. At the time I was being considered for two other projects, but Spartacus is the one that stood out like a big neon sign and Naevia was the role I desperately wanted. I remember the call from my agent very clearly, the call that would allow me to be part of a groundbreaking show and would afford me the honour of working with some of the most talented individuals.

    I thought I would take this opportunity to share some of my favourite cast experiences.

    On my first day on set, I film a scene with John and Lucy, was I intimidated, yes! Was I excited, of course! And did I know instantly know that I was a part of something really special, absolutely!

    We were filming episode two and they had already been working on this production for 2 weeks when Naevia was introduced. I was incredibly excited and a touch nervous, but not for long. I was welcomed into the Spartacus family with open arms and for the next 8 months, I would come to know Lucy Lawless as this incredibly talented, beautiful women, nurturing mother with a great sense of humour and a huge heart.
    John proved to be equally humorous, but getting to watch this man perform was an experience I can never forget. He is also a very talented photographer. One of my favourite memories of John is sitting in his trailer having lunch while he shared some photos he had taken on a trip in South Africa.

    Later that day I was formally introduced to the star of the show, Mr Andy Whitfield and it was an absolute pleasure. He was so humble and down to earth and it was very apparent that he possessed the kind of star quality the world would fall in love with. Whenever I think of Andy I picture him with his earphones on, standing in the middle of the training square while his makeup artist does her thing or sneaking into trailer F because he wanted some chocolate!

    Next I met Eka Darville (Pietros) and he was immediately dubbed my brother from another mother! Over the course of the show through shared laughter, Eka, Nick Tarabay and myself became a very good friends.

    Some of the best times on set were hanging with Nick and the stunt boys. For someone who plays one of this seasons most complex villains, he is a really down to earth and generous person with a GREAT sense of humour and allot of talent. Our favourite game? Reciting lines from funny movies like "Nacho Libre" and "Team America"...I love the Hans Brix character!

    I remember Peter Mensah just appearing one day, big gorgeous smile on his face and giving me a hug hello. It was such a friendly gesture and he is the nicest guy you'll ever meet, so grounded and down to earth and always willing to lend a helping hand. I was extremely excited when I got the ep 7 script because working with Peter was effortless and so much fun. I would often attack Doctore from the balcony with almond nuts or dates during long training square scenes...yeah sorry art department, that was me.

    Viva and I spent allot of time together on set but had the most fun in our trailer laughing at our stash of dessert we managed to sneak every day!!! She is a real hoot and so brilliantly talented. x

    My favourite Erin Cummings moment of all time was going on a 7 hour glow worm caving adventure. We were looking fierce, waist deep in water trying to hold on to rocks to stop ourselves from floating away down stream while a certain someone sang NSYNC's "Dirty Pop" to try and make us laugh thus weakening our grip. At one point, Erin turns to me in the thickest Texan accent and says "Lesley-Ann, we gon die!!!" x

    And then where do I even begin with Katrina Law well, let's just say this show was a blessing for many reasons and Katrina is one of them. She is after all, my sister from another mister!xxx

    Finally my co-star Manu Bennett. He was so committed to the role of Crixus and that certainly made for great on screen chemistry between the two of us. My favourite Manu moments were listening to him talk about his family and in particular his little girl. Crixus loves Naevia, but Manu Bennett's true love is his family and that little one. It was a great storyline to have shared and I'm so proud to have done so with him. And for all the ladies, yes Manu is just as hot off screen as he is on screen! :)

    So what ever will you do with your Friday nights now? Well, somewhere locked away in a writers room, Steven DeKnight and his talented team, furiously have pen to paper creating yet another glorious season of Spartacus. I cannot wait to see what they come up with.

    Thank you to all you fans for supporting us the way you have this season. The success of this show depended on your response and what a response it was.

    See you guys next season....or will you?:) Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!

    Love,
    Lesley-Ann
    x

    Blog Update                                                                                                                  11 April 2010

    Hi Everyone!

    What an epic episode!!! And you thought Old Navy was going to die! Nope, but got a "my Domina just whipped my ass" haircut! I see it catching on this year, I bet next time I'm stateside everyone will be rocking it! :)

    This was definitely one of my favourite Eps to film and Michael Hurst did an amazing job! I actually got to have some pow wow with Lucy and we had so much fun filming that scene. At one point I had to check myself before I wrecked myself because my immediate Lesley-Ann reaction was fight back full force. I mean she is Xena right? Lucy just gave me this look like "Seriously?" and we both burst out in a fit of laughter.

    Craig Parker, Lesley-Ann Brandt and Dean O'Gorman at the Phantom of the Opera opening night Once again, I am in awe of the brilliant performances by the cast that just keep getting better and better. The standouts for me this week were John Hannah and my dear friend Craig Parker. Both men command your attention the minute the camera is on them. I just love how the tables have turned in favour of Batiatus, he truly is the best villain. It was wonderful to hear of John's nomination at the Monte Carlo festival, (as well as Lucy, Andy and the producers).

    I for one am a better actor for having worked in the presence of such a talent and Craig Parker owns his role as Glaber! He is truly one of New Zealand's most gifted artists and is such a generous actor on and off set..thanks for helping me with my work!x

    A special mention has to go to Nick Tarabay too. His portrayal of the "Syrian Snake" as fans have dubbed him, has been a such pleasure to watch and I was very lucky to have had the opportunity to work with him. He started off being loathed at the beginning of the series and has found a way for the audience to connect with Ashur and even like him, not an easy task but one brilliantly executed!

    Katrina Law, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Erin Cummings, Andy Whitfield and Steven S. DeKnightAll of this would not be possible without the imagination of our writers. They give birth to the characters you have come to love and hate so to Mr DeKnight and his team....bravo!

    It's the final countdown to the finale! I can't believe it's already here. The fans are in for another mind blowing episode that will turn your insides out and make you want more!! There is but one thing left to do folks.... Kill them all!!!

    Have a great week, thank you all so much for supporting the show and thanks for stopping by!

    Love,
    Lesley-Ann

    Blog Update                                                                                                                04 April 2010

    Hi Everyone!

    With Katrina LawMy partner in crime, Katrina Law, finally left the shores of the long white cloud and returned home to her beau. I will miss her dearly and a berry blitz just wont taste the same without her. This week I had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know the beautiful Emily Foxler who plays sister Nicci on Legend of the Seeker. She is absolutely gorgeous and just a really down to earth gal who I'll definitely look up next time I'm in LA.

    Before Katrina left, we manage to go and see the NZ film BOY, written and directed by AND starring the talented Taika Waititi. This man managed to make a dead beat father with some interesting ideas on parenting so very funny and likable. And with a strong Michael Jackson influence throughout, this film tells the story of Boy, a young Maori kid who is forced to confront the father he thought he remembered and find his own path. Please go check it out, Katrina and I loved it.

    http://www.boythemovie.co.nz/

    I didn't get to see ep 11 because I was at an event with Manu's fiancée, supporting him as he played host. He did a great job and was really funny. Good work mate!

    I've had lots of emails about South Africa so I thought I tell you this funny story. I'm at Cape Point which is a protected reserve in Cape Town and it's the summer of 07, weather is amazing, I'm back home and I'm loving it!. The reserve has exquisite scenery and wildlife, but my favourite part is this secluded beach that you have to walk down millions of stairs to get to, but it's absolutely worth it. You can't swim there because the currents are too strong, but it's the perfect place to lose yourself in a good book and disconnect from the world.

    Now for those of you who don't know, Cape Town and in particular this reserve, is home to a very large population of Baboons. On your way to the reserve as you drive up the mountain, they sit on the side of the road looking all cute, waiting patiently and some times not so patiently for tourists with food. My friend and I have decided on the secluded beach so we make our way down there, park up and begin what we think is going to be the most relaxing 2 hours ever. The views, smell of salt in the air, waves crashing gently in the background ....amazing! I'm on my towel catching some rays when I hear this whistle from what looks like a park ranger. I turn to my friend and say "hey do you think he's talking to us?" he's like "Nope, don't think so". So I turn back and put my head down. Again I hear the whistle and I look up. The ranger is now waving his arms and again I turn to my friend and say "I think he's trying to get our attention".

    My friend is ignoring me at this point so I turn and back to see what the ranger is doing now and there coming towards me and very much in slow mo in my mind, sun glistening on their backs is..... King Kong, his wife, the kids and the in-laws!!!!!! I turn to my friend and say "Holy crap, look it's a gang of Baboons"!! I swear I've never seen this man jump up so fast, grab his towel and run. I'm like "errr what the he'll are you doing, don't leave me!!!" He shouts back, (and he's shouting because he now has a good 30 metres on me), "well hurry up!!".

    Talk about my knight in shining armour. I grab my things and we wait it out because Mr Kong has conveniently decided to have a family meeting at the bottom of the stairs......the only back to freedom! They slowly move off, eventually, and we arrive back at the walk way where another group of Baboons, probably neighbours of the Kongs, have decided to take a leisurely stroll towards to some tourists with shiny backpacks containing lots of food. See folks this is why we DON'T FEED them. We are now standing with a man and women who I later find out are from the Netherlands. The rangers are rounding up the family with slingshots to scare them off....yes I said slingshots.

    Oh did I forget to mention that Mr Kong is protected in these here parts. All of a sudden, one of the Baboons decide, "Screw it, this bites I'm leaving" and heads straight towards us. I kid you not, this lady's husband freaks out, goes all military on us and dives into the nearest bush, it was brilliant! He was actually quite agile for his age, very impressed I was. She turns to me, "Are we going to be ok ja?". I say "Ja". Lady I don't know!!! I'm in the same boat as you with no slingshot! Eventually the rangers scare them off and we head back to the car my friend walking ahead of me, (how convenient), reliving our close encounter with the King Kong and bush diving action man when I say "Imagine if I turned around and there was a Baboon behind me". Yes...you know I turned around and there he was, climbing the stairs right behind me, looking at my bag with pure evil in his eyes. At this point I'm like "ok every man for himself" and I run!! It was a really funny experience and I got much pleasure teasing my friend about it.

    But seriously, South Africa is amazing and definitely worth visiting especially if you love nature.

    Hope you have a great week, enjoy Ep 12 and thanks for stopping by.

    Love,
    Lesley-Ann
    X

    Blog Update                                                                                                              28 March 2010

    Hi Everyone!

    I hope you're all having a great start to the week. Today I am enjoying the beautiful Auckland sunshine which seems to be holding up nicely for this time of year.

    Diplomatic ImmunityI've had a busy week and just about finished up on Legend of the Seeker. It was a wonderful experience and I had the most amazing time with the cast and crew. In particular, it was great seeing crew members I worked with on Diplomatic Immunity and Spartacus. For those of you who don't know, I did a half hour comedy called Diplomatic Immunity with with Craig Parker, (Glaber), playing his love interest. The crew on both shows were amazing and it's always nice walking on set and working with people you've met and worked with before. It makes the experience so much more relaxing and fun.

    Seeker is such a different world to Spartacus. For one, I wore more clothes (ha ha), and the language and tone of the show is a complete 180 in the opposite direction. This of course made for a great challenge for me so to the Producers, writers and main cast - Thank you for having me.


    With Viva BiancaEpisode 10 was really sad for me. I did get teary eyed and again I have to take my hats off to the other actors on the show. Ilithyia was ruthless this ep and in real life, Viva is a real sweetheart, wouldn't harm a fly. Same goes for my man Ashur. Nick Tarabay who plays Ashur is one of the kindest, helpful and most down to earth people you'll ever meet yet he portrays that sneaky villain so brilliantly. I'm thinking Viva and Nick may need to go into witness protection after this show.....just kidding guys!

    Many of you have written in asking me if I'm anything like Naevia. Well, I personally think every actor has a little something about each character they play inside them so to answer your question, I think I'm more like the Naevia in the scene with Hector. I am a Sagittarius after all en ek is mos van die Kaap! (translated from Afrikaans: and I'm from Cape Town). Cape Tonian's are known for having a little spunk to them! I'm still getting such a great response to the Naevia/Crixus story from fans on my facebook page. Thank you all for the wonderful support and I really do enjoy interacting with you. Remember though, I can't give away any information on storyline.

    Andy and Jai just about broke my heart, two really wonderful performances this ep and the writing is really paying off as we approach the season finale. Only 3 to go!!!! Steven DeKnight, I've said it before, but you are the man!....And all your wonderful writers in the office.

    It's also my last week hanging with Katrina. I will miss her dearly, but I'll be over in LA soon and before I forget, thank you so much to everyone who supported Mary D and her team by bidding in the Starship Auction. Mary worked tirelessly getting the site up and running. It is such a wonderful cause to support and I'm sure all the kids and their families who'll benefit from the funds raised are grateful too.

    Hope you have a wonderful week and thanks for stopping by.

    Love,
    Lesley-Ann
    x

    Blog Update                                                                                                               21 March 2010

    Hi Everyone!

    I've had the best week hanging with my friend Katrina Law. We spent the entire week laughing, working out, laughing and then laughing some more. Speaking of which, I can't walk properly at the moment. I've been working out so hard with Katrina and we are having a great time motivating each other, but now my legs hate me and refuse to co-operate. Put it this way, if I was in a life or death situation where I needed to say...I dunno...RUN across the road to avoid being hit by a car....sorry, but it would be goodnight Gracie! Damn you lactic acid....damn you straight to hell!!!

    We have actually, just this very moment, returned from the best lunch at the Stoneyridge Vineyard on Auckland's Waiheke Island. For anyone visiting New Zealand, this is a must! They have fantastic service, delicious food (I recommend the Snapper with a side of asparagus and truffle mash...yum!), amazing wine and a very gracious host/owner, Steve White. And between all the silliness that ensued this weekend, we even managed to catch up with Andy Whitfield and his beautiful wife Vashti. For all you fans out there, I can honestly say that Andy is looking great and is in very good spirits.

    Ok, episode 9...what a shocker! I know you guys didn't see that coming, we got you good didn't we! I hadn't seen the full episode myself so it was a wonderful surprise to see it all put together. It really is amazing when think about all the characters on the show, where they started and how they've grown.

    Layers upon layers are being peeled back episode by episode and I still find it fascinating watching how my cast mates developed their respective characters. Someone very dear to my heart once told me that talent lies in the choices you make as an actor and it's the execution of those subtle choices I've seen over the last few episodes that have really made me stop and go...WOW! I thought Lucy was just brilliant as was Brooke Harmon who played Licinia. I actually distinctly remember when we were filming the scene where Lucretia goes nuts at the thought of Ilithyia bedding Crixus. I stood around the monitor along with director Michael Hurst and a few members or the crew and was just awe of this fine actress.

    Many of you out there are saying, DON'T MESS WITH ILITHYIA and I agree 100%! I find the power struggle between Ilithyia and Lucretia so interesting and Viva Bianca was absolutely fierce this episode! I'm also very intrigued to see how Ashur get's his head around not being able to return to the arena. We got a glimpse of some possible involvement he might have with Solonios, but I feel a storm a coming! Ok, so I know what happens in the storyline, but I haven't seen any eps with all the bells and whistles and we don't often get to see another actors performance until the final product airs. This week also welcomed fellow slave Mira and I was thrilled to have been sitting next to Katrina watching the show as she made her Spartacus debut. What a wonderful job, wouldn't you agree?

    Oh I almost forgot, had my cast readthrough at Legend of the Seeker and met all the lovely actors on the show. I'm loving my costume by the way but no spoilers, sorry folks:)

    Hope you're all having a wonderful week and thanks for stopping by.

    Love,
    Lesley-Ann
    x

    Blog Update                                                                                                               15 March 2010

    Hi Everyone!
     
    Gosh we are up to episode 8 already....where has the time gone?  I came up with a very crafty plan on Friday.  Fellow cast member Katrina Law and her fiance Keith host a Sparty Party every Friday.  I so looked forward to it every Friday while I was in LA... wine, triscuits, commentary by Tracey. This week they were joined by 2 other cast members Nick Tarabay (Ashur) and Peter Mensah (Doctore) and I didn't want to miss out so we skyped and I got watch the show with everyone.  There were times where I think they forgot I was online listening in on everyone conversations and it was hilarious!!

    I'm gradually catching up with various friends since my return from LA.  It's amazing how much can change in 4 months, engagements, babies, break ups, weddings!  All part of life I guess.  A very dear friend of mine, Pip gets married this Friday to her beau Noel.  What a great couple and I'm wishing them all the best for their special day
    I also had a wonderful night out this weekend with 2 very naughty friends who shall remain nameless!  These guys are so much fun and I spent the entire night laughing.  Let's just say champagne and sake...recipe for a VERY SORE HEAD!!!! I then had the brilliant idea, after eating the most delicious oysters the night before, to go the gym...not a good idea Lesley-Ann!
     
    So the plan is no nights out for a little while, instead I'm on the look out for a good book to read. I do love a good autobiography, but I'm open to suggestions so if you guys have any ideas, send me an email through this site.

     
    Katrina Law and me! I hope you are having a great  start to the week!  Enjoy episode 9, it is something else and I'm looking forward to the debut of my dear friend Katrina Law. Welcome to the show Mira!!!

    Also, keep an eye out for a beautiful scene by Viva Bianca although I doubt many of you will miss this one AND an interesting side of Ashur is revealed, you may even feel a little sorry for him.
     
     Love
     Lesley-Ann

    Blog Update                                                                                                               10 March 2010

    Hi Everyone!

    Interesting week for me.   I've spent yesterday on a yacht watching the Louis Vuitton races.  I've never really understood how yacht racing worked, turns out it's pretty interesting actually, maybe that was the bubbles, but I had a great time and the crew on board looked after us magnificently! Thanks guys.

    I also start work next week on Legend of the Seeker and I'm very excited about that.   I can't give away any storyline or character info at this stage, but I'm looking forward to working with the Seeker team and seeing some old friends.

    I had an interesting debate with a friend mine about the whole Global Warming issue we have on our hands and what we as individuals can do to help our environment.  Have you guys seen the documentary "Earth"?  It's amazing!! If not, go rent it now!  Anyway she was saying it's a myth and I just about killed her.  What was more frustrating for me was that she is a new mother and I'm thinking "don't you want to do this for your kid"?  I have just come back from the states and IT IS the country of convenience.  You name it, they have it.  Pre-cut vegetables in packaging, cheese in a tube, anything and everything "Ready to Eat", the double bagging at wholefoods (which I never understood, why not use a reusable bag?), not enough public trashcans, leaving your computer on all night (my friends over there are guilty of that), not recycling, SUV's glalor, turning your electronics off at the wall, turning off your lights etc. I was actually getting really angry with her.  I know I'm not as clued up as most "greenies", but perhaps I should be if this bugs me so much.  Trying to educate her when you don't have a leg to stand on or at least the information to pass on was trying.  Anyway, I hope you are all doing your bit for our environment.

    Finally Andy, you are the greatest fighter of them all!  Wishing you a speedy recovery my friend and sending you and the family all my love.  You are an amazing talent and this is but a hurdle in your journey to world domination!x

    The support shown for Andy on various sites is amazing and I'm very proud to be part of a show that has such wonderful fans!  Thank You.

    Love and Peace

    Lesley-Ann
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