"When you talk about it, it sounds like you're doing a lot of sex
scenes, but I don't feel like I do that much," she says. "My concern
was that it fit with the story and that there wasn't any gratuitous sex
in this, and it doesn't really trouble me as long as it's relevant to
the scene. It's part of the story that they're around in various states
of undress. Human beings have always had sex, and a lot of business got
done during these transactions. That's what the sex is about."
For Lucretia, the business of sex is to provide her husband, gladiator school owner Batiatus (John Hannah
with an heir -- any which way she can, including sleeping with the
gladiators at the camp. "She begins, what I think, is quite an abusive
relationship with the chief gladiator, the champion, hoping that he
might impregnate her," Lawless says. "She's desperate."Click here to read the full interview.