In a recent episode of "Spartacus: Vengeance," the rebel leader's companion and confidante, Mira, felled a former ally with an arrow before she could run off with the rebel's loot. Katrina Law's aim wasn't as accurate when she first trained to use a bow.
"I almost took out the entire stunt team when I was learning how to shoot the bow and arrow," she said, laughing. "I accidentally hit the concrete background and the arrow shot back 50 feet and everybody behind me had to dive out of the way.
"It ricocheted back. I'm like, 'Oh, sorry about that, guys. Stay alert! Stay alert!"
The bow hasn't been the only weapon Law, who has played the freed slave Mira since the series first season ("Spartacus: Blood and Sand"), has gotten to use in the second season. Mira and other women are in the middle of the fight that former gladiator Spartacus and his rebels have taken to the Romans. She's taken up a sword against Romans, sliced open a prison guard with a knife and in "Sacramentum," airing at 9 p.m. March 9, Mira gets into heavy duty fistfight with a recently freed German slave.
"It's so much fun," self-professed tomboy Law told me during a phone interview. "Being able to be part of the gladiator boot camp was amazing, and then having weapons training. It's dream job."
And yes, her marksmanship with the bow and arrow even improved over the course of shooting the season, as does Mira's, which fans will see in upcoming episodes.
"I got much better. I remember one day on set the first AD bet me $5 that I couldn't actually shoot the camera or the cameraman," she said. (I assume they were stunt arrows and no one was hurt.) "I shot both of them but I never got my $5. I'm still bitter."
Law, who was raised in rural South Jersey in a suburb of Philadelphia but now lives in L.A. when she's not in New Zealand filming "Spartacus," and I talked about Mira's evolution throughout the series, how the loss of Andy Whitfield affected the tone on set and what Liam McIntyre has brought to the role of Spartacus. And then there's that moment when she takes her shirt off...
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Is it ever uncomfortable for you filming this show?
Yes, it gets very uncomfortable filming this show at times, but it's always in a very comical sort of way because I know what I signed up for. I know what the show is about, but there are times when you're just walking around and you're figuring out what the extras are doing in the background and sometimes you're a little shocked by what you see. But honestly, when you read the script you always expect to be shocked. The first time I watched the first episode, the brothel scene made me sit back in my chair and I was extremely uncomfortable. But I think that's the intended purpose of it, to show the humiliation and what the Romans are actually doing to these slaves and what life was like and why people wouldn't want to be slaves. So it works out.
Right. I mean it's all there for a purpose.
Yeah, it's only slightly perverted. [Laughs.] It's for the story. [Laughs.]
Mira changes a lot over the season.
Yeah, Mira is no longer confined to holding a vase and pouring wine and taking care of Spartacus.
She's almost the third leader it seems.
She is the voice of reason in Spartacus' ear and I think as the season goes on it's good to watch how Spartacus goes from just a slave who wants to be free, who want to find vengeance to a slave who becomes a rebel leader. I don't know of any leader out there who doesn't have people whispering in their ear one way or another, so Mira definitely helps to shape him along with the others, like Dan who plays Argon eventually Oenomaus and Crixus. Everybody plays a part in shaping Spartacus into the leader he's eventually going to become, so it's good to know that there is a female voice in the mix as well.
I like that she basically tells him, "I'm not staying in the background. I want to be involved in what happens here."
At the beginning she tries very hard to fight against the rebellion. She's trying to just run away and be free and potentially have the life that she wants, which is maybe a house and a family, potentially with Spartacus. As the series goes on she starts to realize that in order to gain her freedom she actually needs to fight for it. Once she realizes that, there is no way that she is going to sit in the background. She has a taste of freedom. She wants it and she's willing to do anything to keep it now.
This season gets quite physical for you. Did you have any bad injuries or anything?
I did walk out with plantar fasciitis and a very sore shoulder, but no, for the most part safety is a huge concern down in New Zealand. The stunt team makes sure that you're well protected and covered. It's just a such physical show, so you're going to walk out with nicks and scratches and a couple of bruises, but that's to be expected.