When Aaliyah Cinello was three months old, her mother had an inkling she was going to be special.
“She had that spark in her,” said Raven Cinello. “I just knew it. You could say it was a mother’s intuition.”
Starting as a fashion model for Joe Fresh, Walmart, Pizza Hut, Hudson’s Bay, Toys ‘R’ Us and Carter’s, Cinello quickly graduated to films and television shows.
Making her movie debut at age four in the Canadian drama series, “The L.A. Complex”, she has appeared in “The Adventures of Napkin Man”, “Warehouse 13”, “Robocop”, “The Christmas Switch” and “Wayne”.
Cinello was also cast in episode one of “Heroes Reborn”, a TV mini-series featuring American actor/screenwriter, Jack Coleman, who is best known for playing the role of Steven Carrington in “Dynasty”, a 1980 prime time soap opera.
“That was a huge moment for Aaliyah as she got the opportunity to interact with Jack,” said her mother. “She has a good memory for lines, she’s on the rise and I am very happy for her.”
The Grade Three student, who is excelling in the classroom, relishes math and the arts.
“I love singing, acting and going on camera,” said Aaliyah. “I also get to meet interesting people and make new friends when I am on set which I like very much.”
For the young actress, who performed at the 2013 Planet Africa Awards and this year’s Federation of Adventist Youth annual celebration to mark the birthday of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Born in Cuba and raised in Jamaica, Raven Cinello made her modelling debut at age 16 after being discovered in a mall a year earlier.
She has earned roles in numerous film and TV shows, including “Detroit Rock City”, “Lovers & Strangers”, “Degrassi”, “The Eleventh Hour” and “Motives & Murders”. She has also appeared in commercials for Cadbury, Volkswagen, Fisher Price, Toyota and McDonald’s.
Raven Cinello said her father’s death in 2004 in Canada provided her with a new focus.
“My dad was old school and believed you should go to school, do well and find a ‘real’ job,” she said. “He didn’t look at acting and modelling as ‘real’ work. Also, when you marry and have a family, you tend to forget about the career you want for yourself. After he died, I looked at myself and realized I could be a mom and an actor. I know he would be proud of me and my daughter and would be cheering for us.”
Cinello was married in 2002.
“I am proud of my wife and daughter,” said her husband, Lui.
By RON FANFAIR