I seem to have an ability to recognize Lucy Lawless as an eminently familiar actress but an inability to recognize exactly who she is whenver I see her. When I first saw her as that sniveling reporter on Battlestar Galactica her face felt familiar to me, but I figured it was because I had seen her in an earlier episode and remembered her from that (I don’t know if she did appear in an earlier episode; my guess is no). I saw at least four or five episodes with “Guest Starring: Lucy Lawless” in the opening credits, and noticed her name, and thought, “Hmmm, I haven’t seen Xena anywhere, I wonder who Lucy Lawless is playing and why I keep seeing her name if she isn’t even prominent enough for me to recognize her,” before I realized she was D’Anna.
Yesterday Kathy and I saw the Adam Sandler movie Bedtime Stories in the dollar theater, and Lucy Lawless has a small role playing a mid-level manager or something at the hotel. She has a few scenes and a few lines. I knew she looked really familiar but I couldn’t figure out who she was during the movie. I had to stay behind to read the credits (which should ALWAYS list the cast first, but these credits didn’t!) to find an actress’s name that would hit me as belonging to the woman I so readily recognized. There were no character names in the credits, only actors, but as soon as Lucy Lawless flashed up there, I knew that was who I was thinking of.