Born in London, to a mother from Ghana and a father from America, Cynthia Addai-Robinson was raised in the U.S. by her mom in a suburb of Washington, DC. 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 Columbiana.
Presently, Cynthia is 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. Containing all of the blood-soaked action, exotic sexuality, and villainy and heroism that has come to distinguish the series, the tale of Spartacus resumes in epic fashion.
On the show, Cynthia 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). Here, Cynthia talks about Spartacus’ upcoming season which is set to begin on January 27, 2012.
Kam Williams: Hi, Cynthia, thanks for the interview.
Cynthia Addai-Robinson: It is my pleasure, Kam.
KW: Congratulations on joining the cast of Spartacus What interested you in doing the show?
CAR: 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.
KW: Tell me a little about your character?
CAR: 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.