Lucy Law­less is still a law unto her­self

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Law­less (left), who played Xena: War­rior Princess for six years, is a war­rior in her own right.

A New Zealand scrap­per who doesn’t ac­knowl­edge bor­ders of any kind, she’s man­aged to be true to her­self de­spite the no­to­ri­ety that show brought.

When Xena ended she was not wor­ried, she says, chat­ting in a small dress­ing room at a ho­tel in Pasadena, Cal­i­for­nia.

‘‘Be­cause I live in the mo­ment, there is no past, there is no fu­ture. I wish some­times I could plan some­thing, but more than a week ahead, I have no idea. I’m not made to multi-task or or­gan­ise,’’ she says.

‘‘The great­est tal­ent I have is the tal­ent to sur­ren­der to the de­mands of what­ever comes along.’’

Law­less has been like that ever since she quit uni­ver­sity to ex­pe­ri­ence ‘‘ad­ven­tures’’ in Europe.

‘‘There are a lot of peo­ple who multi-task; they’re on the phone, they’re ar­rang­ing things,’’ she says.

‘‘It’s too hard for me. My brain would ex­plode if I had to do any of that stuff. Some­times I wish I could do that be­cause my life is quite full of chaos. I have, like, a dirt-track of a brain. If it’s not on the dirt-track it might as well not ex­ist. I re­ally think this is in my genes.’’

Law­less finds her­self on a dif­fer­ent kind of dirt trail in TV se­ries, Spar­ta­cus: Blood and Sand, which pre­mieres Jan­uary 22 in the US, with an Aus­tralian sea­son to fol­low at a date yet to be con­firmed.

‘‘I play Lu­cre­tia, kind of the Lady Macbeth char­ac­ter,’’ Law­less says, lean­ing on her el­bow. ‘‘And my hus­band owns the gla­di­a­tor school and the glad­i­a­tors are fancy horse flesh. I’m des­per­ate to pro­vide him with an heir.

‘‘I love my hus­band, but we’re po­lit­i­cal an­i­mals and the fear of an­ni­hi­la­tion is re­ally high— in Ro­man so­ci­ety, it’s dog-eat-dog.’’

Her real hus­band, Robert Tapert, is ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer of Spar­ta­cus, shot in New Zealand. The cou­ple have two young sons.

At first Law­less didn’t want to do Spar­ta­cus: ‘‘I fought it tooth and nail. I was so happy in Los An­ge­les . . . and the kids were in school but they needed a fa­ther and he was com­mit­ted to New Zealand.’’

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