Lucy Lawless Pleads Guilty to Trespassing On Oil-Drilling Ship

Lucy Lawless

The "Xena: Warrior Princess" and "Spartacus" actress faces a maximum sentence of three years after participating in a Green Peace protest in February.

Lucy Lawless has played a hero on the small screen, but the actress says she now feels like a hero in real life after participating in a Green Peace protest in February.

The former Xena: Warrior Princess and Spartacus actress plead guilty Thursday in a New Zealand court to trespassing charges stemming from that protest.

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"For the first time in my life, I put my body and reputation on the line to stand up for my beliefs and do the right thing," she said told the Associated Press. "I hope I've encouraged other people to do the same."

Last February, she and six other activists climbed a 174-foot drilling tower on a ship owned by Shell and docked in New Zealand. She camped there for four days to prevent it from being deployed to the Arctic, and blogged about her experiences.

Lawless faces a maximum sentence of three years, but does not anticipate receiving jail time because she is a first-time offender. She does worry, however, that it could impede her ability to travel to other countries for work if some countries denied her entry.

"If I couldn't travel, obviously that would be a tremendous pain in the neck," she said.

Lawless’ role on Starz’s Spartacus ended last season, but the New Zealand native said she has other projects in the works.