Friday, May 25, 2012

Cynthia Addai-Robinson - TV

Cynthia Addai-Robinson
Brings Beauty, Excitement and Daring, To Spartacus!

By Rych McCain, International/Nationally Syndicated Entertainment Columnist

Cynthia Addai-Robinson  (Photo by Keith Munyan)

          This television season has certainly produced an array of talented and beautiful ladies who are not only visually pleasing to the male viewing audience eyes but are delivering the goods in the arena of authentic, dramatic acting and presentation. Cynthia Addai-Robinson definitely ranks at the top of this season’s list as one of the leading ladies who fires up the small screen every week as “Naevia” on the Starz Network ancient war drama “Spartacus.”   

      The London born and Washington, D.C. reared Robinson is a graduate of the Tisch School of Arts, NYU with a BA degree in Theater. Soon afterward she started booking TV roles on “CSI: NY,” “CSI: Miami,” “Numbers,” “Flash Forward” and others. Her last film role was in “Columbiana.” On “Spartacus,” Robinson joined the cast for its second season which premiered in January. She took over the role of Naevia, the Roman slave girl who was captured at the end of last season and was played by another actress. In the beginning of this second season, Naevia escapes and is rescued by a fellow rebel slave named Krixus. They become lovers as well as opponents of the Roman Army.     

     For those who are not familiar with the legend; Spartacus was born in 109 BC. He and his wife were sold into Roman Slavery and soon after he led a slave revolt against the Roman Army. What happened to his wife is unknown but Spartacus was reportedly set up by pirates to be killed. Kirk Douglas and Laurence Oliver starred in the original 1960 movie version. By most historical accounts Spartacus did actually exist. What is Robinson’s rundown on that? She responds, “I’m more focused on the story that we portray on the show as apposed to the actual history of it. We sort of bend the truth a little bit just for the sake of television. But as far as the violence and the fights between gladiators and the slave rebellion; I mean all of that, I think we like to stay true to the actual violent history of it all. So sometimes its gory but that probably what it was back then.”     

      What kind of a demand does a role like Naevia put on Robinson? She reflects, “It’s a pretty intense shoot. I mean we are achieving a real cinematic end result on a television time line and budget.  So we have a shooting schedule that’s pretty demanding. Each episode takes twelve shooting days which is a lot for television and we normally have two crews running at any given time. The days are definitely long and as far as the conditions; we’re dirty, we’re running around covered in stage blood, it’s definitely not for the faint of heart but we are all passionate about being there so that helps get us through the job.”       

      Where is this show shot?  Robinson explains, “We film in Auckland, New Zealand so we are on the other side of the world which also adds to the challenge of being far from home and working. But in a way, while I’m away, I can fully put all of my efforts into filming the show. Sometimes that’s great because you need that focus but other times it’s challenging because you want to be with your friends and family.” In terms of zeroing in on her Naevia character, Robinson stresses, “I’m someone stepping into the role from the second season. So in the first season, the prequel , the role was established by another actress. I had the first season to look at and see where they had the character and where they left her.” Robinson put all of the pieces together from there. On a lighter note, Robinson is fairly new to twitter but advices her fans to follow her @cynthiaaddairob . She will keep you up to date.

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