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Lucy Lawless Has Had A Far More Interesting Career Than You Think

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If you only know Lucy Lawless as the fierce and heroic Xena: Warrior Princess, you only know one small part of her remarkably diverse career. Before and after Xena, the New Zealand-born actress has had some truly eclectic roles on both the big and small screens. She's also been a frequent fixture on the musical theater stage—in fact, she originally wanted to be an opera singer, not an actor. In a career that has already spanned three decades, Lucy Lawless has starred in adventure series, delighted in established comedy shows, shocked and awed audiences of sci-fi series, done amazing voice work, delighted in horror movies, razzle dazzled on Broadway, and so much more. All this has fans asking: is there anything Lucy Lawless can't do? Let's explore the best parts of her career.

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    In The TV Series 'Spartacus,' She Co-Starred As Lucretia

    In 2010, Lawless started portraying Lucretia, the wife of Batiatus and owner of the gladiator Ludus, on Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Her bravura performance earned her the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress. The role also marked Lawless's first time doing unclothed scenes.

    "I was nervous about [that] aspect," she said, "but I knew it was too good a role to turn down." Lawless said she experienced "blowback" from Hollywood executives about the graphic nature of the role and the series. But Lawless didn't care; she knew early on the show "was going to be groundbreaking."

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    Before 'Xena,' She Played An Amazon In 'Hercules And The Amazon Women'

    In 1994, Lawless made her first foray into fantasy television. She was cast as Lysia, an Amazon in the made-for-television movie Hercules and the Amazon Women, which served as the pilot for the TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.

    Lawless played the powerful lieutenant to Roma Downey's Amazonian queen.

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    She Played Ruby Knowby on 'Ash Vs Evil Dead'

    For the run of the horror comedy series Ash vs Evil Dead, Lawless portrayed Ruby Knowby, a professor's daughter who isn't exactly who she claims to be. "Ruby is [pursuing] our friend Ash (Bruce Campbell)," Lawless said ahead of the first season. "The character does a little bit of a slow burn... By the end of the season, you know exactly who she is and what she’s about."

    Lawless went on to describe the appeal of the show, which is essentially a scary story that doesn't take itself too seriously. "I expect this to play in frat houses on an endless loop for the next 20 years," she said. "Bruce is like a one-man Three Stooges."

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    She Was The Voice of Wonder Woman In The Animated Film 'Justice League: The New Frontier'

    Lawless is also a voice actor. She played the role of Diana Prince, otherwise known as Wonder Woman, in the direct-to-video animated film Justice League: The New Frontier. The voice cast also included David Boreanaz, Neil Patrick Harris, Kyle MacLachlan, and Kyra Sedgwick.

    After playing Xena, Wonder Woman seems like the logical next step. Among her other voice roles, she portrayed herself on an episode of The Simpsons, the Queen of the Ants on the animated series Adventure Time, and Hidrala on one episode of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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