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Q&A: Allison Scagliotti of 'Warehouse 13'

Posted 9:52am on Monday, Aug. 29, 2011

Anything is possible in the Warehouse. That's what Allison Scagliotti, one of the stars of Syfy's Warehouse 13, loves about the show. The only limit to the show, about a top-secret facility in which cursed, haunted and bad-juju artifacts are locked away where they can do no harm, is one's imagination. "We explore so many different themes that I don't think any two episodes are alike," says Scagliotti, who plays whip-smart and sarcastic Claudia, one of the Warehouse custodians. "We did this video game, Tron-esque episode one week and then, two episodes later, we've got a Die Hard-type story line. So we're keeping it fresh." Warehouse 13, now in its third season and one of Syfy’s most popular shows, airs at 8 p.m. Mondays.

In what ways are you and Claudia are most alike?

"Definitely her wit. I think what I bring most of myself to this character is my sense of humor and my sarcasm. I've been told since I was a kid that the way I can snarl out a one-liner is pretty unique. I feel like I sound like I'm tooting my own horn, but it's definitely my humor that I bring to Claudia."

The Warehouse 13 cast has great chemistry. Are you buddies off-camera? Or just convincing actors?

"We're lucky. I don't think that every show can say that the cast and crew form such a close-knit family, but we definitely do. If anybody watched our Comic-Con panel, we basically spent an hour just talking about how much we love each other. We poured it on so much, they might get a little distrusting. But it's true."

Of the different cursed artifacts featured in the show, have you had a favorite?

"My favorite one has definitely been Jimi Hendrix's guitar, because it was the first opportunity that gave me a chance to play guitar on the show. Music is really important to me and the writers and the network have been really supportive of my wish to play guitar and sing on the show."

Are there any particular artifacts that you would like to see featured in an episode?

"I've pitched some ideas of artifacts. I pitched the Red Shoes, based on the ballet and the story of the girl who dances herself to death. This year I was taking a lot of ballet classes in Toronto. I actually danced for about eight years before I became an actress. I thought it would be interesting if Claudia sort of fell into the Red Shoes and had to dance herself to the brink of death before she could get out of them."

Warehouse 13 has built a very loyal fan base during its three seasons. Do you have a favorite sci-fi show or movie, something that transforms you into an intense and geeky fan?

"The Walking Dead is one of my favorite shows. I watched every episode religiously last year and I geeked out a little bit when we [cast members from Warehouse 13 and The Walking Dead] were both backstage at Comic-Con. I was standing there, honestly, kind of squealing over the cast members."

What do you think Claudia's quirky wardrobe says about her as a person?

"What I hope that it says is that she's her own person and she doesn't concern herself with societal standards and what other people expect her to look like or expect her to behave like. She's finding out who she is as an adult, but she knows what she likes. The thing I've been really flattered by in playing her is the number of moms and young girls who reach out to me and tell me what a role model Claudia is for young women, in terms of just learning to love themselves. I hope that's what people get out of the way Claudia presents herself, that there's nothing more beautiful or fun or comfortable than just doing what you like."

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