Olivia D’Abo is not yet Sweet 16, but she has already been kissed—by a barbarian. Her introduction to forced bussing came from none other than muscleman Arnold Schwarzenegger, 36. But it was only an innocent screen kiss for D’Abo, 15, who was cast as a primitive princess opposite Schwarzenegger in Conan the Destroyer. “He kept pouching out his lips,” she recalls. “But the director would say, ‘No, no, no, that’s not what I want.’ It took us a whole day to do that scene.” Poor fella.
Daughter of a songwriter (her dad, Mike, was a member of Manfred Mann’s group), D’Abo grew up in London, where she took lessons with the Royal Ballet. After her parents divorced in 1982, she moved to Los Angeles and moonlighted in commercials while attending junior high. Last winter she landed a small part in John and Bo Derek’s as yet unreleased Bolero.
For now D’Abo is back in private school and has discovered she has more fun with boys than with girls. “They’re very insecure,” she says of girls her age. While her male pals may help improve her pucker power if she should face a rematch with Schwarzenegger in Conan III, she isn’t one to count her kisses before the movie contract is hatched. “I meet people every day who are just as good as I am,” she says. “You just have to keep improving yourself.”
Thor Stone, 10, of San Rafael, Calif. is one little guy who knows how to throw his weight around. At 60 pounds, the four-foot tall third grader is the youngest second-degree black-belt karate instructor in the U.S. and can easily bring adults to their knees. Just ask his mother, Dixie, manager of a San Rafael candle factory and one of his students. Thor, who teaches martial arts to grown-up military types at Hamilton Air Force Base and Treasure Island Naval Base outside San Francisco, recently caught Mom talking out of turn during a lesson and commanded her to “get down on the floor and do 20 pushups.” Ouch!
Named for the god of thunder, Thor began formal karate training at age 4. Within four years he was crowned the Western U.S. Junior (age 10 and younger) Champion and has since won 70 consecutive matches in his age group. He also came in fourth in a recent San Francisco tournament, where he competed against 27 adult black belts. A top student at San Rafael’s Coleman Elementary School, Thor takes advanced gymnastics classes three times a week and leads a children’s choir at Trinity Community Church on Sundays. Despite his physical prowess, he is sensitive to the bruises he inflicts on the egos of some of his hulking male karate students when he throws them on the mat. “I can be a pretty powerful guy when I want to be,” he says. “But I’m nice.”