Natalia Cigliuti has been in the public eye fore more than half her life, starting her career as a child actor at the age of 14. Some of her better known parts include her roles on Saved by the Bell: The New Class, Raising the Bar, and All My Children. Natalia also recently appeared in the A&E drama The Glades and has been delighting ears of G.I. Joe: Renegades fans as the voice of Scarlett.
TH: You started your career at the age of 14, what was the most difficult challenge between switching from performing as a child actor to performing as an adult?
NC: Because I began working so young it wasn't challenging to switch to performing as an adult as I had already been working around adults for many years. I did miss out on a lot of the typical childhood stuff like prom and what not but, at the end, I am doing what I love and feel very lucky to have been do it for more that half my life.
TH: Raising the Bar was one of my favorite shows and had, I thought, a great story. What is one of your favorite memories from working on the show?
NC: I loved working on that show. We all got along so well and every Friday at wrap we'd go to this Mexican restaurant and have margaritas and sing karaoke. It was such an amazing time. I really do miss the show.
TH: You spent some time on All My Children a few years ago; in your mind, what is the biggest difference between acting on a soap opera compared to other television shows?
NC: Acting on a soap is like an intense acting class. You are learning new lines and lots of them everyday because you do one episode per day as opposed to one episode over seven days.
TH: What was your experience like working on The Glades? Were you a fan of the show before performing in recent episodes?
NC: The Glades films in Miami which was so fun. I hadn't seen the show before but now I watch it every week. I loved working on it and playing a cop chasing bad guys. The cast was great as well. So fun!
TH: Which role in your acting career were you the most excited to perform, and why?
NC: I embrace every role I get to play. I don't think any one stands out because I love doing what I do. It's always exciting to play new characters.
TH: Who is the funniest person that you've worked alongside?
NC: That's tough... I have been around some insanely funny people. And I am such a cheap laugh. Most of the time on set, in fact, I spend laughing. Sometimes I even get in trouble for getting the giggles.
TH: You've done voice work with some popular video games, have you played any of the games you've worked on?
NC: I am not a big gamer at all. And doing voice overs is so cool. People who know the games I have voiced get such a kick when I tell them which charcter I voice. The funniest is my son and I will watch G.I. Joe: Renegades and I voice Scarlett and he has me repeat the lines that I say as Scarlett to him while we watch it. He gets a kick out of it. I don't even do anything different with my voice.
TH: What has been the most challenging aspect of being a mother while still continuing your acting career?
NC: Balancing is tough but it is in any line of work I feel. I just work at it. When I am working it's harder but on my down time I am a full time mom which really is the best job in the world.
TH: We read that you enjoy playing Scrabble, do you recall what is the best or oddest word you've used while playing?
NC: I LOVE scrabble... I am really good at getting tons of points with the two letter words at the end.
TH: We end all of our interviews with word association, so I say "wombat" and you say...