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Cynthia Addai-Robinson talks about Spartacus’ upcoming season

Kam Williams | 12/28/2011, 7:51 a.m.

Cynthia Addai-Robinson talks about Spartacus’ upcoming season

Born in London to a mother from Ghana and a father from America, Cynthia Addai-Robinson was raised in the United States by her mom in a suburb of Washington, D.C.

A graduate of NYU’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts with a degree in theater, the emerging ingénue’s TV credits include guest starring roles on such shows as “CSI: NY,” “CSI: Miami” and “Numbers.”

Her recent recurring roles include F/X’s “Dirt” and ABC’s “Flash Forward,” while on the big screen she most recently appeared opposite Zoe Saldana in “Colombiana.”

Addai-Robinson is now joining the cast of the Starz Networks’ hit series “Spartacus: Vengeance.” The season will open on the heels of the bloody escape from the House of Batiatus that concluded “Spartacus: Blood and Sand,” as the gladiator rebellion continues and begins to strike fear into the heart of the Roman Republic.

Gaius Claudius Glaber and his Roman troops are sent to Capua to crush the growing band of freed slaves that Spartacus leads before it can inflict further damage. Spartacus is presented the choice of satisfying his personal need for vengeance against the man that condemned his wife to slavery and eventual death or making the larger sacrifices necessary to keep his budding army from breaking apart.

On the show, Addai-Robinson assumes the role of Naevia, a slave girl/lady in waiting captured in the first season who is rescued only to be engulfed by the main love story with Crixus (Manu Bennett). Spartacus’ upcoming season is set to begin on Jan. 27, 2012. 

Hi, Cynthia. Thanks for the interview.

It is my pleasure, Kam.

Congratulations on joining the cast of Spartacus. What interested you in doing the show?

I was really excited to be a part of something that is really edgy and innovative in the world of television. The time period that Spartacus takes place in has some really great storylines and high-stakes drama, so that was something I was really excited to sink my teeth into.

Tell me a little about your character.

I play the role of Naevia, a former slave in the house of Batiatus. We last saw her in season one, being cast out of the house under very strenuous circumstances. This season we find out what has happened to her since.

How is the role of Naevia going to be expanded in the upcoming season?

I wish I could tell you! The writers have put together a great season with a lot of surprises, so you’ll have to tune in to find out.

What would you say is the message of the show? 

The great thing about really heightened historical dramas like Spartacus is that they can convey much larger themes. This season is called “Spartacus: Vengeance,” which is the focus of a lot of the storylines this year.

But I think the series delivers some really moving and powerful messages about fighting for freedom and the right to exist on your own terms, no matter what the cost.