P-C: You’ve had a ton of success already in your career. When you look back, is there a particular moment that sticks out to you?
Katrina: Yes, there were a couple of moments. My very first job was an extra on Lucky Numbers, a Nora Ephron film. They were shooting in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. I remember being so excited that a Hollywood production was coming to my side of town. I drove two and a half hours to get to Harrisburg to be an extra. It was in the middle of November. For those of you who don’t know, November in Harrisburg is cold, and they were like, “Well, we need people to jump into the river and get on these floats and act like it’s summertime.” The water was like thirty-five degrees, and the air was thirty-six degrees. We got paid like fifty dollars. [laugh] I remember I was so excited that I volunteered and I did it. It was one of the best days of my life because I was so happy. I love set life, and I was contemplating whether or not I wanted to do this as a career. This was also a test to see if I loved the environment.
It’s amazing. I look back on that, and I think how far I’ve come and how excited I was. There are times where I have to remind myself don’t ever lose that level of excitement. Don’t ever take this industry for granted. Don’t ever take this job for granted. It’s moments like that. I remember when I booked Spartacus. It had been such a struggle. I’d been in LA for ten years at that point and booked nothing. I was told I wasn’t Asian enough or I was too Asian. I was told I wasn’t good enough. I was told I was too fat. I was told this and that—just about everything. Then I booked Spartacus, and I remember I broke down sobbing when I got the call. My husband, who was my boyfriend at the time, was like, “What’s wrong?” I was like, “Nothing. This is so good.” He’s like, “Why are you crying?” I’m like, “I don’t know.” It’s moments like that where I try to hold on to and remember how big this dream was when I was a little girl in Jersey and how impossible it seemed. Now, it’s my nine-to-five, and I have to not forget how hard I fought for it.
P-C: In those moments when you weren’t booking roles, how were you able to push forward and persevere?
Katrina: In this industry, in order to make it, you have to be incredibly stupid and narcissistic at the same time. There was this overwhelming belief that I was going to make it. I was like, “No, this is it! I’m going to make it. You don’t think I’m good enough? I’m totally good enough.” I started to look at myself as a product. I wasn’t going to let the noes and rejection defeat me. I went, “Fine. My product isn’t good enough. I’ll make it better. How do I make it better? You don’t think I’m a good enough actor? Well, I’ll take more classes. You don’t think this and that, I’ll fix it.” As long as I don’t feel like I’m selling my soul, I’ll do it. When everybody is telling you “no,” you have to be your strongest advocate. There are times you have to be stupid and say, “I’m going to make it, and I’m not going to listen to common sense.” [laughs] When you’re not able to pay your rent, you have to be like, “No, it’s fine. It’s totally fine.” I think stupidity and narcissism got me through the majority of my career.
P-C: Who or what would you say has had the biggest influence on your career?
Katrina: I think it’s between my husband, Keith Andreen, and then my manager, Joel Stevens, and their unwavering faith in my eventual success. Their ability to speak to me with the hard truth but yet do it in a kind, loving way that didn’t defeat me or destroy me.
My husband has been my acting coach since 2009. 2009 is when I started really booking everything. He’s been really great at being able to say, “You’re doing one of your tricks” or “I can see you’re phoning it in.” He’s been great because he knows me personally. He’s able to call me out pretty quickly.
The same with my manager. He’s eternally optimistic. Joel Stevens has been there when there were stretches where I wasn’t booking, and at no point did he threaten to drop me as a client. There was a time when I conveyed to him that I was afraid he was going to drop me because I hadn’t booked anything in two years. He goes, “No way. We’re in this for the long run. This is a marathon. This isn’t a sprint.” I think surrounding myself with people who are your biggest cheerleaders in this industry—in any form of life actually—is so important.
Katrina was featured in Prestige Online’s Getting to Know series for a short interview.
What are you doing this weekend?
My weekends nowadays mainly consist of sleeping in, ridiculous amounts of laundry, and watching Puppy Dog Pals with my daughter. I just received my Osprey Child Carrier, though, so I’m hoping to start hiking around [Hawaiian island] Oahu soon.
What’s on your playlist right now?
I have everything from The Beatles to Chris Stapleton, to Billie Eilish on my playlist. I’ve just finished listening to Strawberry Fields Forever.
Tell us something that not too many people know about you.
I speak Mandarin and my Spider Solitaire skills are fierce.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Oreo Thins and Riverdale. Sometimes at the same time!
What are you most likely to order at a bar?
An Old Fashioned… though sadly I’ve just been drinking a lot of plain water lately. So boring.
Who was the last person you called?
[American film actress] Karishma Ahluwalia. She ignored my call and sent me to voicemail.
Have you ever had a fan-girl moment? If so, who was it?
I had a massive internal meltdown when I first met [Kate Mulgrew who plays] Captain Janeway from Star Trek: Voyager. I was told later the meltdown wasn’t as internal as I had originally thought.
What’s next? What can fans expect to see from you in 2020?
Going to round out season ten of Hawaii Five-0 and see what pops up after that.
Anyone you’d like to be Getting to Know better?
I would love for people to get to know Nick Tarabay. You would know him from Spartacus and he is currently on Call of Duty. He is a super talented friend of mine and an amazing actor…but don’t tell him I said so!
In the Season 10 premiere of the criminal procedural Hawaii 5-0, fans were introduced to new cast member, Katrina Law, who plays the strong-willed Quinn Liu.
The former staff sergeant with the Army Criminal Investigation Command proved to Lt. Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) that she would be an asset to the Five-0 team after she helped close a case by tracking down the assassin who had been targeting mob bosses.
Katrina Law teases that some exciting Season 10 surprises are in store for Hawaii Five-0 viewers.
Wednesday’s episode of Arrow is going to be jam-packed with action. Not only will Team Arrow face off against The Calculator – who may potentially be Felicity’s (Emily Bett Rickards) father – but it will also feature the returns of Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) and Nyssa (Katrina Law).
The latter will be arriving in Star City in order to finally enact her plot to overthrow Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) and reclaim her birthright of being Ra’s al Ghul. TVGuide.com spoke with Law about how Team Arrow will become involved in Nyssa’s revenge plan, her plans for the League of Assassins and what – if any – hope there is for a Nyssa and Sara (Caity Lotz) happily ever after.
The logline says that Nyssa is going to make her move in this week’s episode. Is it safe to assume that move is against Malcolm?
Katrina Law: Oh, yeah. I think she’s been plotting this move since the day he became Ra’s al Ghul. But then even more so since he stuck her in the dungeon for the past couple of months. I think that’s all she’s been thinking about while staring at the ceiling.
How much of Nyssa’s revenge mission is motivated by what Malcolm did to Sara?
Law: I think that was the final straw. The League of Assassins and the way it was being run by her father over the years had become increasingly more dark and sinister the more he used the pit. And then between trying to destroy Starling City and eventually bringing back Sara from the dead, knowing she would never be the same person and sort of damning her soul forever, not knowing that there was a Constantine out there. I think that was the final straw for Nyssa – that abuse of power the League of Assassins seemed to be having within itself and then amongst the world. I think with the instruction of Sara Lance a few years ago, her outlook started changing and her perception of the League of Assassins’ role in the world started to becoming more and more negative.
How does Nyssa go about attempting to take down Malcolm?
Law: There will be epic fight scenes, for sure. But she needs to go on a little bit of a journey before she actually runs into Malcolm and confronts him. There are a couple things she needs to do along the way and I think the audience will be shocked and a little confused. She has a confrontation with Tatsu. They have a great fight scene, so I’m excited for that. But yeah, lots of fighting and lots of manipulation. We’ll see if she eventually gets what she wants.
Are any members of the League of Assassins still loyal to Nyssa?
Law: Potentially. I think you’re going to find out in this episode if there’s anyone in who’s loyal to Nyssa or not and how that affects her journey.
How much will Oliver (Stephen Amell) or Team Arrow become involved in Nyssa’s plan?
Law: They are completely immersed into her plan. Whether or not they are willingly immersed into it or just being forced into becoming part of her plan is yet to be seen. But they are definitely very much integral in her plan to become Ra’s al Ghul.
Oliver is very against killing, so will that be a large point of contention between the two of them?
Law: I think that’s always been a point of contention between the two of them. I don’t think that’s ever going to change. So I’m just going to say yes.
It’s hard not to fall in love with Katrina Law. The stunning brunette, who you’ll recognize from shows like Arrow and Spartacus: Blood and Sand, loves getting her hands dirty with different roles.
“Fortunately in my career, I’ve been lucky enough to bounce back and forth between different genres and I wouldn’t have it any other way,” she told Maxim. “As much as I love kicking and punching people in the face and the angst of unrequited love, I do love being goofy and running around making people laugh and getting my man or woman at the end of the day.”
While the New Jersey native may enjoy comedy every now and then, it’s her role as DC Comics legend Nyssa al Ghul that has everybody watching. The independent female warrior born into a league of assassins has been prominently featured since season two of CW’s Arrow, providing Law with a run of storylines that have shifted her from outright menace to fan favorite anti-hero. Plus, as someone who plays by her own rules, the actress has been able to put her years of dance training (and her blackbelt in taekwondo) to good use.
“It all plays heavily into the stunts that I do,” she told Maxim. “It makes it easy for me to pick up the movement and choreography.
Katrina is the perfect representation of what Nyssa should be, she claims. “Nyssa is just so kickass and badass that there have actually been times when I had to just stop and think about what I am doing as her character and then I giggle out of glee. It’s fun to be a comic book superhero/villain.”
Katrina filled Maxim in on grabbing her attention, a nice Chinese dinner, and what would happen if she hung out with ScarJo.
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Variety Radio Online was invited to join the DragonCon press room interview with Paul Blackthorne, Caity Lotz, and Katrina Law.
Coming out to your parents is no easy task—even when you’re Nyssa al Ghul, member of the League of Assassins and daughter of famed DC Comics supervillain Ra’s al Ghul (notably played by Liam Neeson in the most recent Batman flicks).
“Telling my parents about that scene was… awesome,” Katrina Law says with a chuckle. She’s talking, of course, about her debut episode as Nyssa in CW’s “Arrow.” In a few romantically and sexually charged scenes with Black Canary, played by Caity Lotz, it’s revealed that the two women have a history beyond membership in Bad Guys ‘R’ Us. So how did that conversation go over with her real-life mom and dad?
Hey, folks! Here’s my video to say THANK YOU for all the hard work you guys did in the “What if Katrina was Wonder Woman” photo contest we had last week! I also answered the three questions asked by Cah Del Santos!
Katrina, as well as Dan Feuerriegel have joined 1337LoungeLive for another hangout yesterday, together with Stan Lee. You can check out a recording of the livestream below!
Katrina Law and Dan Feuerriegel of the hit show Spartacus take a little time to talk with Travis about the ludus, dry heaving, and KY jelly.
The interview is roughly an hour long and you can either download the podcast as an .mp3 file via the American iTunes store, on The Village Geek’s feedburner page, or you can listen to it directly below!