The New Zealand TV Guide has a one page article on Lucy and her role on Ash Vs Evil Dead. Find out more about Lucy's new role as Ruby in Ash vs Evil Dead by going to the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Ash vs Evil Dead Subsite
October 31-November 6, 2015
Back from the Dead
Lucy Lawless was 17 when she first watched an Evil Dead film – and she walked out almost instantly.
“I stomped out after the first five minutes going, ‘This is sick, disgusting, misogynistic – the people who made this should be shot’,” reveals the Kiwi-born actress. “And then 10 years later I was married to one of them.”
Not only is Lucy married to Evil Dead executive producer Rob Tapert, she is also now starring in Ash Versus Evil Dead, the horror-comedy TV series sequel to the film franchise.
Her initial misgivings have dissolved and now Lucy is delighted to be a part of the cult collection.
“My husband dropped out of college with Bruce (Campbell, star of Evil Dead) and Sam (Raimi, executive producer) to make the Evil Dead movies, so it’s part of the family business,” says Lucy. “If you marry one of those guys, you kind of marry them all in a way.”
Lucy plays Ruby in the series, which was filmed in New Zealand. Bruce Campbell reprises his role as Ash, an over-confident stock boy and lothario who has to fight ‘Deadites’, or evil souls, and save mankind.
Lucy describes Ruby as a secretive figure who is the “thorn in Ash’s side”. It is a role that has required the former Xena: Warrior Princess star to perform stunt work for the first time in years.
“I always hated doing stunts but it was part of the job so you just suck it up,” says Lucy. “Now, at 47 years old, it’s like, ‘Oh that hurts’. Now I’m having to go to the chiropractor on a Sunday so I can do it all over again on Monday.”
Although Ash Versus Evil Dead may not be for the fainthearted, Lucy is proud of the show and believes the horror and comedy is superbly balanced.
“The horror is real and the humour is hilarious, so it manages to put those genres together in a really beautiful way,” she says. “It’s hard to do both of those things and both of them together is unheard of – a new type of television.”
Find out more about Lucy's new role as Ruby in Ash vs Evil Dead by going to the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Ash vs Evil Dead Subsite