Lawless has described her family as "this big, sprawling Irish-Catholic family",  and while filming in Ireland for the Discovery Channel in , she told Ireland on Sunday that her father's family originated in Quilty, County Clare , and her great-grandfather arrived in New Zealand as a convict. She attended Marist College, Auckland , and at 18, like many young New Zealanders, she went on her " overseas experience ", travelling through Europe and Australia with her future husband, Garth Lawless. In that episode , she played a man-hating Amazon named Lysia. She went on to play another character, Lyla, in the first-season episode "As Darkness Falls.
And reports surfaced today that the year-old ' Spartacus ' and 'Xena' star has plead guilty to charges of trespassing, which could net her up to three years in jail. Not quite as bad as being forced into gladiatorial slavery but still The arrest stems from Lawless and a band of fellow Greenpeace members' trespassing an oil drilling rig in February and camping out on its tower for four days, as a form of protest against global warming. At the time, Lawless told the press her children's futures is what motivated her risky act of protest. Despite the possibility of jail time, Lawless told the Associated Press she has "no regrets" about her actions. Though she doesn't expect to do any hard time as a first offender, Lawless did admit that any travel restrictions stemming from the arrest would be "a tremendous pain in the ass.
Blood and Sand, and she's not shy about it. Slavery, different attitudes to sexuality, prostitution, you name it. They thought of things differently, but essentially human beings haven't evolved so very much, so you're still able to relate to them.