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have so many swords, the house is full of them"
Interview with Lucy Lawless
14 June 2010
Translation by Mesh
Original article in Hungarian is located here
Interview by GŠbor Apats
know Lucy Lawless as the title character of
audiences can currently see her starring
on HBOís Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Thanks to
HBO Hungary we travelled to the 50th Monte Carlo
Television Festival, where we sat down for a chat with
the actress. In the ten minutes allocated to us, she
told us that she wouldnít for the world have lived in
the ďdark and stinkyĒ ancient times, but she respects
the TV company that dared tackle a Roman themed show
that is rather violent and erotic. Lawless is satisfies
with her Hungarian voice double, Anna Orosz Ė at least
Lucy Lawless became known in 1995 in the lead role on
her character originally appeared on Hercules,
where she was an evil warrior at first. She got her own
show in 1995, it lasted for six seasons: in 2004 she
made TV Guideís list as the nineth most important cult
series, and was a popular series in Hungary, too. On
Spartacus: Blood and Sand the actress currently
portrays Lucretia, the wife of a ludusí owner, who is
just as ambitious and sneaky as her husband.
In the time between Lawless had bigger roles on
Battlestar Galactica, and in single episodes of
shows like Two and a Half
Men, Veronica Mars,
Burn Notice, a CSI
Her husband, Robert G. Tapert is in the TV and film
industry: he was the writer producer of
producer of the Boogeyman movies and the
Legend of the Seeker
How did you get involved with a
Spartacus: Blood and Sand?
My husband is
the executive producer of the show, who offered the role
to me with Stevenís agreement
(Steven S. DeKnight).
As soon as I read the script, I knew I wanted to do
this. My character, Lucretia is a woman who wants to
remain independent even while being married, so she has
a lover. However, she loves her husband, no matter how
miserable life is for them.
Was it your idea to change your
appearance so much compared to Xena?
this was Robís idea, too, and I really liked it.
Did you have any problem with the
In reality Iím
never completely naked in the series. No matter what
anyone says, the scenes serve their purpose, and they
are shot very artfully, so I couldnít find anything
wrong with them. Viewers are used to women being naked,
itís the men that could have an issue dropping trou.
How is your relationship with the
Very good. Most
of my scenes are with John Hannah ťs Viva BiancŠval,
they are both great people, theyíve become good friends
of mine. John is a great actor, in between takes he
immediately starts joking, he can make us laugh no
stay in touch with your Xena
colleague Renťe O'Connor?
Yes, but we
donít meet too often. She lives in Los Angeles with her
children and partner, and I moved back to New Zealand.
is shot there. What does that feel like? How is it
acting at home?
It was very
good coming home, and my children can go to school in a
healthy environment. My family is more important than
anything to me, filming there is particularly great for
The men playing the gladiators
participated in a serious training. What have you seen
Luckily not too
much, I hated watching it. Good thing I didnít have to
do any physical action, apart from the sex scenes.
A lot of scenes were shot in front of
green screen, magicing the background on later. How has
this changed the way you prepare, your acting style?
I didnít have
that many of them, they used them mostly for the fight
scenes, where the men fight in the huge arena.
Have you seen
with Kirk Douglas?
but Iíve seen it. There was some neatness and pathos in
that movie, that is not something that describes our
movie, we didnít want to make a mere copy. We came up
with something new, something that grabs people.
was a nominee in the best dramatic series in Monte
Carlo. What do you expect at the ceremony?
great to have been invited and being able to see
How is it working with an up and
coming small network?
liberating, Iíve been waiting to act in a series where I
donít have to meet anyoneís expectations. The violence
and sex plays a big role, this takes courage portraying
these, at least in the US. Starz makes great shows, like
and Party Down.
You guest starred in shows like
Two and a Half Men,
The L Word.
Which was the best experience?
where I loaned my voice to myself. It was really funny
when the Comic Book Guy kidnapped me. Flight of the
Concords and Curb your Enthusiasm was good
fun, I like laughing at myself, I think thatís very very
It says in your bio that you worked
in a mine when you were young.
partially true, I worked for a mining company in and I
surveyed mines. I lived in Australia then, I took on a
lot of jobs there to support myself.
Would you like to live in the era
when Spartacus takes place?
No, not at all. Itís more
fun making a TV show about the era. Those must have been
terrible times, dark and stinky, everyone died young.