Blood is the price of freedom. This is one of the core principles that drives Spartacus: Vengeance, the sequel to Starz’s explosive Spartacus: Blood and Sand. We recently had a few words with the lovely Katrina Law, whose character is Mira: a slave, a rebel, and a fighter. Here’s what she had to say!
A lot has happened in the past year and a half since Blood and Sand! Can you tell us about what it’s like to jump back into the role of Mira after fighting her way out with the rest of the gladiators?
Katrina Law: Jumping back into the character of Mira was a bit like re-learning to ride a bike. It took a while to remember the accent and her mannerisms and her point of view of the world but it all came back very quickly. This year, you watch Mira go from meek house slave afraid of punishment and death to fierce rebel slave that almost seems to invite death at every turn. She is free and she really, really likes it.
I think she is an interesting one to watch because she isn’t flawless. She makes huge mistakes, she stands up for what she thinks is right, she is passionate, and she is loyal almost to a flaw. I also think the most interesting thing to watch is how she starts off desperately trying to prove her worth to Spartacus and ends up proving her worth to herself.
Anyone who has seen Spartacus: Vengeance can see the transformation Mira has gone through since she’s met Spartacus in the previous season. She’s been a slave for her entire life, and now she’s an important part of the rebellion. It’s very exciting to see her share of the action when it’s time to rumble with the Romans.
At this point in the story, what fuels Mira’s passion? How is Spartacus’ own vengeance affecting her feelings towards him?
KL: At the beginning of the rebellion I think Mira was very naive in thinking that if they could all just run away, they could be free and happy and that maybe even she and Spartacus could go off and start a family. She very quickly learns that in order to be free you have to fight for it. She has spent most of this season trying to figure out her relationship with Spartacus and how she can be of use to the rebel slaves. Mira really hit her stride when she was taught to shoot a bow. Her sense of pride in herself and her self worth started to sky rocket. I also think that is when most of her anger and her own issues of vengeance started surfacing. I think Mira has fully come to realize how terrible her life has been under Roman rule and I truly do think that if she could she would kill them all.
When it comes to Spartacus and his vengeance, I don’t think Mira ever fully understood. I think in her mind she has suffered just as many loses if not more and she has found a way to move on. But out of an almost blinding love, she was willing to support him and stand by his side. She sees the bigger picture a lot of the time and has had many a moment where his singular desire to seek his personal vengeance at the cost of the rebel camp has infuriated her. I think the divide between Mira and Spartacus is becoming wider as each episode goes on. Mira wants to be free and happy and she sees Spartacus as wanting to live in the past.
The women in this show are exceptionally strong characters, both fictionally and in an artistic, professional sense. Can you tell us a bit about working with the likes of Lucy Lawless …or… perhaps what sort of training you had to go through in order to tear across the screen with the rest of the gladiators?
KL: This year I didn’t work with Lucy Lawless at all. But during Season 1, Lucy was very helpful in getting me acquainted with the cast and crew and helping me to settle in. I had so much fun this season of Spartacus mainly because Mira finally got to drop the vase and pick up a weapon. Days go by much quicker when you get to wreck havoc on set! I did the Gladiator boot camp at the beginning of the season with the boys to get into shape. I was the only girl and was a bit intimidated at first, but they watched out for me and took care of me and treated me like their collective younger sister. Other than that, the only other training I had to do was figuring out how to become numb to all of the poop and fart jokes that go along with the territory of hanging out with a lot of boys.
If you could write Mira’s story, what would you want to see her accomplish?
KL: I don’t think happily ever after is any of the cards for the rebel slaves, unfortunately. But I do think Mira has found a measure of happiness in her own way. For the first time in her life she has an identity of her own and a taste of freedom and she is willing to fight to keep both of them alive. She knows that Spartacus will never love her the way he did his wife but she has accepted that and loves him enough to over shadow his shortcoming in this area. As a modern day girl, I desperately want Mira to move on and find someone who sees her for everything that she is and for everything that she has to offer. I would love to see her eventually find freedom and have a family and then hit the B.C. lottery and hire someone to pour wine for her. Oh, yeah, and to rub her shoulders.
Eric Smith and I both grew up in New Jersey, so we’re very glad to see a fellow NJ native in one of our favorite shows! Do you have any plans of appearing at New York Comic Con or Wizard World Philadelphia this year?
KL: I will be attending Wizard World Philadelphia this year! Not only am I excited to be representing Spartacus at Wizard World, but I can’t wait to get my hands on some Philly Pretzels, gelatos, and a Phillly Chicken Cheese Steak! I might even have to go down the shore one of those days.
There you have it folks! Spartacus: Vengance may be over for the season but you’ll have a chance to see Katrina again at Wizard World Philadelphia.
As a word of advice, please don’t be that guy that brings the soft pretzels and chicken cheese steak to a convention.
Just don’t do it. Unless you’re Mikey. Mikey can do it.