Cirillo spices up the small screen
VIVACIOUS all-round actress and former model Gabriella Cirillo is ready to pep and spice things up on
Cirillo plays Flavia, a shrewd, no-nonsense lawyer who is (in)famous for successfully arguing her cases on the e.tv weeknight soapie.
Upon her entry into the fray, legal eagle Flavia springs David Genaro from his 10-year conviction and imprisonment for the murder of a young boy and assists another client with their messy divorce but she has other plans”.
In all that she does for someone she expects a return of the favour, which is not good for someone in her profession, who works with and knows the law,” says Cirillo.
As the story line progress her dark side and dangerous behaviour comes to the open but her threats to others does not end.”
Despite publicist Joe Strydom hinting Flavia is earmarked to be in the story till late December”, Cirillo says she does not know how long her character would last. I believe in any soapie the prolonged stay of a character depends how the viewers relate and embrace what they do.”
Trained in theatre and a graduate of performing arts and drama at Pretoria Technikon, Cirillo needs little or no introduction to Mzansi TV viewers.
Besides commercials, the 41-year-old has been on and Cirillo is also a dancer and MC, with a passion for Latin American and ballroom dancing. She won the title of Miss Italy-South Africa in 2000 and in 2007 she won a Safta for best ensemble cast for Being a mother of three little girls, she was forced to take a break from the rigorous and taxing soapie shoots to concentrate on her children as she has just been through a divorce. Cirillo says she relishes playing strong-willed women but can also portray sweet and loving characters if required. I enjoy the challenges of playing dominant women.” She says professionalism is key among her costars, the crew, make-up team and directors. The commitment is unbelievable. You get there and every one is ready to do their bit to make a success of the show. It is like my second home, I feel I am part of the family.” Cirillo next personal project is her oneman show, scheduled to get off the ground next year, as she also loves doing theatre. Catch on weekdays at 7pm on e.tv
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