Television

Foul Plague

EW discusses plagues with Lucy Lawless -- We bug the former ''Xena'' star about acting with insects in the TV movie, ''Locusts''

News flash! The supersize swarm that invades America in CBS' panicky TV movie Locusts is one big lie. ''They used crickets,'' reveals Lucy Lawless, who stars as USDA insect expert Maddy Rierdon. ''That was just a pain in the ass. Working with bugs is worse than working with kids!'' The sassy former Xena: Warrior Princess star obviously hates mincing words, so EW asked her opinion on a few more famous plagues.

Frogs ''Disgusting! They're cute and everything, but I do not enjoy handling wet things. Same reason I can't eat oysters.''

Flies ''I lived in the outback as a kid, and we had a bloody infestation. This prissy girl I knew got her hair stuck on the flypaper hanging from our ceiling, and I had to pull it out.''

Lice ''A constant societal plague. We had a whole episode about it on Xena. . .I had cooties and Gabrielle had foot fungus. I was scratching the whole time we filmed that thing.''

Talk-Show Hosts ''That would be hell to me. Imagine all those guys in the same room. Wouldn't that be bloody awful? Jimmy Kimmel would be throwing mashed potatoes at Jay Leno's head and. . .it would be like. . .oh, I don't know, a family reunion of bastards.''

Originally posted Apr 18, 2005 Published in issue #816 Apr 22, 2005 Order article reprints