Former beauty queen (Miss Teen New Jersey), Katrina Law might just be able to kick your backside. At least that's the way it appears in the hit Starz Network television series Spartacus: Vengeance. Ms. Law plays "Mira," a slave girl who has a close encounter with the legendary gladiator.
Mike Parker– I admit to being more than a little intrigued to read that you were on your high school's varsity weight lifting team. I mean, you don’t look like any female weight lifter I’ve ever seen.
Katrina Law– I think it is the lack of steroids (laughs). I joined the team because while I ran track in the spring and my options during the fall were limited to basketball, indoor track or weight lifting. A couple of my friends and I decided it might be fun to try weight lifting. I learned all the weightlifting techniques alongside the guys on the football team. It was kind of cool to get to lift with the boys.
Parker– Your mom got you involved in a wide variety of activities when you were a child. What made you settle on a career in entertainment?
Katrina– Acting was the most fulfilling. It was the only thing that made me happy. I was pretty good at science and math, but I found the entertainment industry was more challenging, because you can work really hard at a math problem to find the answer, but when you've found the answer the challenge is over. With acting even when you find the answer, there is always another question, so the challenge never ends. It is exhilarating. I would sacrifice everything for a taste of it.
Parker– I understand you had to go through some pretty rigorous gladiator training for your role in Spartacus.
Katrina– Gladiator boot camp. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Cast wise, it was pretty much just me and the guys. Weight lifting, strength training, warm-ups, sword work. A lot of running, pushups, more running, sit-ups, more running. And there was this thing we did called the Circle of Death. Upper body training, lower body training. It was a full on experience. After one day I couldn't walk for a week.