Last time we saw Viva Bianca on Starz' Spartacus: Blood And Sand, she was commanding her Roman guards to 'seal the doors' whilst the the former slave gladiators of the House of Batiatus rebelled, killing almost everyone that was not a slave. Viva Bianca recently spoke about the officially re-titled Spartacus:Vengeance, about her charcater, and what to look forward to in season two.
Viva Bianca portrays the vicious noblewoman, Ilithyia whose utter lack of conscience rivals even the mistress of the House of Batiatus, Lucy Lawless' "Lucretia."
Q: Is it true that season two has begun filming, will be titled Spartacus: Vengeance, and will premiere January, 2012? What can we expect for Ilythia this season, given her betrayal at the end of season one?
Viva Bianca: Yes, it’s all true. We’re shooting episode two as I speak. Season two is already looking like it will be dynamite. We’ve got a great cast, production team and awesome scripts.
'It’s been fascinating approaching Ilithyia this second time around, because the woman we meet at the start of season two is quite different to the bright-eyed, giggly young noble woman we first met in season one. Ilithyia has walked the dark side and now carries with her a suitcase of demons from from her very recent times at the Ludus. When once she was the character that knew nothing else but to have everything, now she has a lot to fight against and a lot to fight for.' - Viva Blanca
Q: Will we get to see Ilithyia being any more physical, or engaging in more fighting...this season?
Viva Bianca: Well, I did get one pretty gruesome fight in season one where I murdered Licinia with my bare fists. That was wild! As far as season two goes, I wouldn’t put anything past Ilithyia!
Q: Have you worked with Liam McIntyre at all yet? As an actor, how does it affect your performance to interact with a new actor in the same role? Does Liam bring anything different to the table than Andy (Whitfield, who departed the role due to serious illness)?
Viva Bianca: Liam is just gorgeous. He has all of our support and he has stepped up to the plate valiantly. It can’t be easy for him, to fill such mighty shoes with so much expectation surrounding him, but he is handling himself with grace and courage. The work I’ve seen of his so far is excellent. Of course, different to Andy, but to compare the two would be fruitless.
Q: Spartacus has such commonplace nudity and sexuality in its narrative. As an actress...how do you feel about that kind of exposure being so regular on-set? I imagine that must be a very unique vibe for shooting.
Viva Bianca: Well in actuality the nudity would only amount to about 3% of my working on set. Mostly I’m clothed. I think people get the idea we’re naked all of the time because when it happens it’s so riske and bold. Also we have a lot of extra’s that are exposed a lot more than we are, which adds to the 'naked’, 'sexy’ vibe of the show. So when it comes to a day where I’m shooting a scene that involves nudity, it’s still just as confronting as the first time I did it.
Source: UGO.com - 'Viva Bianaca Spartacus Vengeance Interview'
Spartacus: Vengeance debuts in January 2012 on Starz