Exclusive Interview With Spartacus Star Katrina Law

We recently got the chance to sit down with the beautiful Katrina Law, one of the stars of hit TV show Spartacus, who answered a few questions about the show, what it was like to bare all on TV, and which superhero she would like to play…


UTF: You play Mira in the show, for our readers who haven’t seen it yet can you give us a quick overview of who she is and the role she plays?

KL: Mira is a former house slave of the house of Batiatus who was key to helping Spartacus start the slave rebellion.  In Season 2 of Spartacus: Vengeance, Mira is on the run with Spartacus and the rest of the rebel slaves fighting Romans at every turn and on the hunt for freedom and revenge.


Katrina Law as Mira in Spartacus

UTF: So far the show’s taken a fresh approach to the Spartacus legend, will we see any nods to some of the past iterations, or will you guys stay on your own, separate path?

KL: I think all of the nods have been made so far and from this point on the writers will probably stay adjacent to history.  But, to be honest, I think this question is above my pay scale. You should ask Steven.


UTF: The show has a very stylistic feel to it, is it a challenge acting in front of a green screen?

KL: I didn’t find the green screen to be a challenge but I think a background in theatre helped me out a lot with that.  In theatre you are used to having to imagine the fourth wall and embellishing the sparse scenery around into a full world.  It did make it a lot of fun to see the final product after all of the post production was added.  All of a sudden you realize exactly how massive that fire ball hurtling towards you was.


UTF: The show is noted for its violence and sex scenes, were you nervous baring it all for the camera? Have you forbidden your Gran from watching it?

KL: I was extremely nervous about getting my kit off in Season 1.  I remember having to mentally steal myself and giving myself pep talks in the trailer before heading out to set.  Then I just had to view it as jumping into an ice cold pool of water and just having to dive head first.  Season 2 nudity wise has a been a breeze for me in comparison.  I did warn my parents not to watch my first couple of episodes with any friends.


UTF: And speaking of the violence, you have some pretty intense fight scenes, do you do your own stunts, and how did you train for the show?

KL: Before season two started I did a couple months of training with a personal trainer in LA.  But for some reason that didn’t really seem to help out when I got into Gladiator Boot Camp with the boys in New Zealand.  It was fun and tough and it did make me feel better that I wasn’t the only one who was sore for weeks.  I did do all of my own stunts with only a few minor injuries to show for them.  My favorite stunt was probably the “flying squirrel monkey jump” in episode 4 closely followed by the group fight in episode 9.


UTF: So spill the beans, who is the better kisser Liam McIntyre or Ellen Hollman?

KL: Ellen. Sorry, Liam.  It’s a woman’s touch 😉


UTF: What was your favourite scene to film this season?

KL: It was definitely the group fight scene in episode 9 when Spartacus is trying to get the rebels and Germans to get along.  I got to fight Carl, who is a hulk of a man, and I remember thinking, “Is this supposed to be fun for Mira?  I feel like she is actually fighting for her life against this man!” It was great energy that day with all of the cheering and laughter and play fighting.  Plus I got to make out with Ellen.


UTF: Will you be back for a third season?

KL: I think Mira comes back as a Zombie.
UTF: When you’re not kicking ass and taking names on the set of Spartacus how do you like to spend your free time?


KL: When I was filming Spartacus: Vengeance, any free time was spent sleeping.  Now that I am back in the states, any free time is still spent sleeping (it was a physically exhausting show), but I do like to throw in a couple of hikes, some snowboarding, and reading.  Actually just finished the 13th book of the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan and I am anxiously awaiting for the 14th and final book to come out.

UTF: Other than the Spartacus series what are your favourite TV shows?

KL: I am currently obsessed with Game of Thrones. Loved Homeland.  Lost Girl is my new guilty pleasure. New Girl, Up All Night, and Modern Family just make me feel good.


UTF: Have you got any upcoming projects you can tell us about?

KL: I am sworn to secrecy at the moment.


UTF: Are there any roles you would like to play, despite the popularity of superhero films over the last decade there have been a lack of superpowered women, do any of those roles appeal to you?

KL: I would love to be an Avenger (the Scarlet Witch?) or Wonder Woman.  Pretty much any woman who can kick ass and take names, I am down!  I have also always wanted to be a sultry mermaid or a bad ass fairy.


UTF: If you weren’t an actress what would you be?

KL: Probably a Park Ranger in the Sierras or working for Green Peace or a scuba instructor on some amazing tropical island.


Make sure you check out Katrina Law on Starz and look out for the DVD release of Spartacus: Vengeance when it drops this September.