Information Diet: Lucy Lawless

The 'Spartacus: Vengeance' star is a digital junkie, but she sets the limit at Twitter and social networks


Who Lucy lawless 

Age 43 

Accomplishments Star of Lucretia on Starz's Spartacus: Vegeance; appeared on Battlestar Galactica; played titled role on Xena:Warrior Princess

Base  Auckland, New Zealand

What’s the first information you consume in the morning?

Emails. I read them on my iPad before I even get out of bed. It’s terrible because you’re not supposed to sleep next to anything electronic, but I don’t think I’m able to unplug.

What do you read or watch or listen to at the breakfast table?

Before the kids come down, I watch gruesome crime TV or some sort of court case that’s going on. When I found myself unexpectedly unemployed a couple of years ago, I went and sat at the high court in Auckland and would just watch trials. It’s a fascination of mine.

What occupies your mind in the car, on the subway, train or bus?

I’m very interested in green issues—mining, offshore drilling—so that occupies a lot of my mind.

Are you a TV junkie, or on an airtime-restricted diet?

I am on an airtime-restricted diet, as are all my family, but since I’m often awake at 3 and 4 in the morning, I sneak in a couple of extra hours of TV—usually on my iPad.

If you’re a couch potato, what do you watch, and how: TV, laptop or tablet?

I’m usually a latecomer. I hate to enter a new relationship with a television show, so sometimes it takes me a couple of seasons before I commit. I’m desperately waiting for Nurse Jackie to come back, and I’m about to start on the second season of Downton Abbey. That’s how I trick myself to go to the gym too—I watch Nurse Jackie on the treadmill.

Before bed, do you bite into a novel, graze on Twitter or fast until morning?

I’m trying to read a lot more; I’m reading some Frederick Forsyth at the moment. I never Twitter—I’ve tried, but I can’t figure out how to leave a message.

Which is more nutritious: print or Web?

I’m going to have to say the Web because it’s the wealth of everything in print, but more accessible.

Give us the skinny on your favorite app.

I like Houzz and Mark on Call, which is about designing space. You can put in specs, make a floor plan and add furniture and everything. I also love the Eurail timetables—if you’re in Europe, that’s an awesome app for getting around.

What’s your biggest digital indulgence?

The thing I’m most embarrassed about is how much Solebon Solitaire I play on my iPad, iPhone, whatever. It’s not even a very advanced app. There’s a game on it called La Belle Lucie, and it’s really rockingly hard.

With such a bloated media universe, how do you cut out the fat?

I think you live very well without the caffeine of social networks. It’s like a gateway drug, and it sucks up a lot of your time. I have a really rich life with real human beings, so I don’t feel like I’m suffering by not being on those things.

Publish date: February 23, 2012 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT