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.
A young Allison with Josh Peck on Nickelodeon’s Drake & Josh
TBL: Of course we’re here to talk to you about your grown up project, Warehouse 13. You came into it in the first season, right?
AS: Yes. The way I came into it was as a guest star likely recurring. I had no idea it was to become a series regular.
TBL: So how much of your personality do you share with Claudia? I know you have your music background, and people seem to say you’ve got that edge and that punk rock scene. How much of that did you bring and how much did Jack give you?
AS: It’s funny, because I’m not a tech person. The music thing was all me, reminding the writers that I do this thing, and I’d love to make it Claudia’s thing. I think the biggest part of me that’s in her is my sarcasm and that tough exterior to mask that she’s just a girl trying to figure out growing up. Which is what I think is probably what makes her so relateable to our young female fans who reach out to me on Twitter [@allisonscag] and are like “I love Claudia. She makes being smart and nerdy cool.” That’s awesome. But it’s more than that. It’s vulnerability and humor I think.
Allison’s humor is on full display when Claudia isn’t in life threatening (or GBF threatening) danger