We talk with the actress who plays Warehouse agent Claudia about gay BFF agent Jinks, her music, her Nickelodeon past and much more.
I’ve gotten the chance to interview many of the people involved with Warehouse 13 – Eddie McClintock, Aaron Ashmore, and executive producer Jack Kenny. But I’d never talked to Allison Scagliotii, who plays Claudia, tech girl and BFF to Jinks. Scagliotti let me know in the first seconds that it was about time we talked to her.
The Backlot: Welcome Allison. I feel I should apologize for not having interviewed you by now. Of course we’re here to talk about Warehouse 13, but what I just realized is that you were on Nickelodeon’s Drake and Josh.
Allison Scagliotti: That’s right! Little baby toddler Allison on Nickelodeon.
TBL: How much fun was that? Everybody on that show has gone on to big things… Drake Bell, Josh Peck, Miranda Cosgrove and you of course.
AS: I can honestly say, I only look back on that show with fondest of memories. I did my first episode when I was 13, The show wrapped when I was 16, and a couple of years later we shot the Christmas special and we went back when I was young enough it wasn’t work yet, it was just fun. Drake and Josh themselves were some of the funniest guys I’ve ever worked with. There was never a dull moment. They were a natural Martin & Lewis from the beginning. I think it was sort of the glory days of Nickelodeon, Pete & Pete, Figure It Out. It was a great era, before every sitcom for children became about being a performing artist.
TBL: Even at my age, I’m a huge fan of everything Dan Schneider has done, from The Amanda Show to iCarly.
AS: Dan is just so wonderful to work with. He recognizes talent, how to cultivate a show into something that kids will like. And he’s so great about being loyal to his talent. Jerry Trainor played Crazy Steve on Drake & Josh, wound up as the older brother on iCarly, and now he has his own show on Nick At Night which is perfect for him. I love all those guys, and only have the best memories of them.