Her debut on television was 2½ seasons as a cast member in the New Zealand sketch-comedy series Funny Business. After that, she studied drama at the William Davis Centre for Actors Study in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. In 1994, Lawless appeared in Hercules and the Amazon Women, a Pacific Renaissance Pictures made-for-television film that became the television pilot for Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. In that episode, she played a man-hating Amazon named Lysia. She went on to play another character, Lyla, in the first-season episode “As Darkness Falls.”
Lucy Lawless is part of Minions: The Rise of Gru – originally scheduled to be released in the United States on July 3, 2020, but in April of that year, the release was postponed by a year to July 2, 2021; due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the film remaining unfinished, due to Illumination Mac Guff’s temporary closure in response to the pandemic. In March 2021, the date was postponed again by a further year to July 1, 2022.