The NYMag Vulture site has an interview with Lucy:
Lucy Lawless has dabbled in just about every geek genre known to drooling man, whether battling swords and sorcerers alike on Xena: Warrior Princess, infiltrating the Battlestar as a Cylon on Battlestar Galactica, and violating many an ancient slave on Spartacus: Blood and Sand. As the loyal wife (and apt partner in wantonness) of Spartacus's Batiatus, the proprietor of a gladiator academy, Lawless’s Lucretia returns in the even more base, six-episode prequel to the Starz series called Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, airing Fridays at ten. Vulture took full advantage of the actress’s quick wit and playful disposition to pump her for thoughts on stuff like Snooki and merkins … and the new show, of course.
A few snippets:
You’re referring to Gaia’s fondness for opium.
Yeah, I think this [lack of] inhibition that comes with taking drugs — everything has consequences. Lucretia loses all her boundaries. Batiatus does find out about it, and the consequences reach far and wide. The prequel is pretty dark stuff but really fun. It’s lovely to be a voyeur for the audience, on this world of moral decay
This is coming from a woman who was, at the end of season one, gifted with her unused merkin.
I thought it was a box of chocolates and was really disappointed to find that it was a merkin in a frame. I was quite grossed out: a little orange beard in a box frame. Horrible! [Laughs.] What the hell am I going to do with that? Anyway, they asked for it back [for the prequel], and I was a little taken aback by that, too. It probably cost hundreds and hundreds of dollars to make it. By all means, take your merkin back!
Does it bother you that there are nude stills of you from Spartacus out on the net?
I don’t worry about things I can’t control. If I’m disgusted, I’m putting myself in pain. If I don’t care about it, I’m in no pain. Which choice would you make? I choose no pain. I have to believe in it at the time that I’m doing it, and then if other people do whatever they do — I don’t do it for your approval.