Cir­illo spices up the small screen

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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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