Welp. Who could have filled Lucy Lawless' shoes, anyway?
"You’ve gotta love your character. Why must she get what she wants, all the time, even to the detriment of everyone else? You have to justify it to yourself. I don’t seem to have trouble doing that, with whoever my character is. I’m always horrified when people refer to them as villains. Only with The Countess, I have to give them that. That’s not unjustified."