Make no mistake about it, Lucy Lawless is a television icon. Best known for her role as Xena: Warrior Princess, Lawless has ventured into the big screen arena a few times in her career. For the most part though, the tantalizing actress has kept her career centered on the small screen. With her vast TV resume behind her, here’s what the 52-year-old actress is doing now.
LUCY LAWLESS BEFORE XENA
Lucy Lawless was born in New Zealand, which is where her career started on a New Zealand sketch-comedy series Funny Business. For the next seven years or so, Lawless bounced around, pulling in guest role after guest role but nothing that would jump her into the spotlight.
That changed when she landed the role that started it all for her on the TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journey. The show was led by Kevin Sorbo as the title character and Lucy Lawless was first seen on the show in season one as Lyla, wife of Nemis the Centaur.
Lucy Lawless came back five episodes later in the first season, this time as Xena the warrior princess. Throughout Hercules’ six seasons, Lawless appeared as Xena another nine times, but it wasn’t because her character wasn’t needed or wanted, it was because Xena made such a great impression that a character arc was created for her.
XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS
Xena was so popular on Hercules that a spinoff show was created for Lucy Lawless to star as the character. In Xena: Warrior Princess, Lawless took on probably her most iconic role. The series ran for six seasons, 134 episodes, and followed the Warrior Princess as she attempted to redeem herself by fighting for good rather than what she had been known as, the Destroyer of Nations.
During her quest, Lucy Lawless’s Xena meets up with Gabrielle, a woman is looking for adventure. Together the two head out to right the wrongs they face. The underlying themes between Xena and Gabrielle would be a big part of Lucy Lawless’s future.
ALL THOSE TV SERIES
Once Xena came to an end, Lawless continued to be seen on the small screen. She made appearances on such TV shows as The Bernie Mac Show, Two and a Half Men, Veronica Mars, and Burn Notice. She pulled in a recurring role on the hit series Battlestar Galactica and one on the hit comedy Parks and Rec. Lawless was never short for work, always finding a role to suit her.
SPARTACUS, THOSE SEX SCENES, AND A LESBIAN ICON
Lucy Lawless opened eyes in a big way when she took on the role of Lucretia in the Starz! series Spartacus. If you know anything about many of the original Starz! series, you know there is an abundance of sex, sometimes wild sex, and Spartacus did not disappoint nor hold back.
Lucy Lawless was front and center in many of these, including lesbian sex scenes. What may come as a surprise on top of her performing these scenes is that the series was produced by her husband Rob Tapert (Evil Dead). Lawless followed up Spartacus with Spartacus: Gods of the Arena.
Lucy Lawless’ inclusion in these sex scenes pretty much confirmed what many fans thought of her character’s relationship on the series Xena. Fans felt that theirs (Xena and Gabrielle) was a lesbian relationship and in a 2003 interview with Lesbian News, Lawless came out and confirmed that their relationship was definitely gay and added, “they’re married, man.” Her lesbian scenes in Spartacus further cemented her icon status within the gay community.
Lucy Lawless went on to appear in many gay pride events, her support so strong for LGBT rights that she was given a Star 100–Ally of the Year award at the Australian LGBTI Awards ceremony.
LUCY LAWLESS SINGS
Lawless’ talents don’t start and end with acting. She can also sing. Lawless has performed on Broadway, her first role being Rizzo on the musical Grease. She has also recorded 2 CDs as well as a number of concert DVDs.
LUCY LAWLESS NOW
Lucy Lawless continues to act on television, just not in the United States. Lucy and husband Tapert continue to live in New Zealand with their three children.
In New Zealand Lucy Lawless can currently be seen on the TV series My Life is Murder. The last U.S. TV show Lawless was part of was the 2018 Starz! hit Ash vs. Evil Dead.