Hades is one of the coolest characters in “Xena: Warrior Princess,” and that’s not just because he’s the god of the underworld. He’s got a great sense of humor, an awesome wardrobe, and a charm that could woo anyone — including Xena herself. Eric Thomson, the actor who played Hades, had a pretty interesting career before taking on the role of the god of death.
He’s appeared in a bunch of TV shows, including “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys,” “Charmed,” and “Beverly Hills 90210.” But it’s widely agreed upon that his portrayal of Hades is what really sets him apart. With his deep voice, slick hair, and sharp wit, Thomson brought Hades to life in a way that’s still remembered fondly by Xena fans to this day.
Kathryn Morris - Najara
Najara is a character in "Xena: Warrior Princess," played by the lovely Kathryn Morris. She's a pacifist who thinks violence is never the answer. Well, until she changes her mind and starts throwing punches. Oops! Before joining the "Xena" crew, Kathryn had been in a bunch of cool shows and movies.
On the small screen, she appeared in shows such as "Sweet Justice" and "L.A. Firefighters" and was a lead on the series "Pensacola: Wings of Gold." Morris also showed up in flicks such as "As Good as It Gets" and "Cool as Ice." But her career really took off after "Xena."
Kathryn Morris - Now
Kathryn Morris did a great job playing Najara, even if she did change her mind about the whole non-violence thing. After "Xena," she went on to star in a crime drama called "Cold Case," where she solved mysteries and looked cool doing it. Over the course of seven years, she starred in a whopping 156 episodes.
Outside of acting, Morris developed a relationship with "Cold Case" co-star Johnny Messner. Since then, the couple had twin sons, Jameson and Rocco, who were diagnosed with autism at three years of age. Morris started the initiative "The Savants" to “revolutionize how the world lives on and off the spectrum.”
Erik Thomson - Now
It would be fair to say that Erik Thomson has never quite eclipsed his role as Hades since the show ended. With that said, the Scottish-born New Zealander has stayed relatively active in the world of acting up until this very day. Thomson eventually relocated to Australia and settled down with fellow actress Caitlin McDougall, and had two children: a daughter called Eilish and a son called Magnus.
They currently reside in Port Willunga, South Australia. It was Down Under that Thomson was most prolific, having lead roles in three shows: medical drama "All Saints," family comedy "Packed to the Rafters," and comedy-drama "800 Words."
Jay Laga'aia - Draco
There were many terrific New Zealanders who starred in "Xena: Warrior Princess" at varying lengths. And while Jay Laga'aia only showed up in a handful of episodes, his appearances will never be forgotten. The talented actor showed up as Draco, a warlord who also had a fling with Xena at one point in her life.
In fact, he had been hit by Cupid's arrow, which explains why he fell in love with the warrior princess. Before "Xena," Jay was a member of the band The Consorts and made a couple of one-off appearances on local TV shows such as "The Other Side of Paradise."