18-year-old actress Nathalia Ramos, who was born in Madrid, Spain, is the star of House of Anubis, Nickelodeon’s first ever soap opera aimed at children and teens.
The mystery-drama, which premiered on New Year’s Day, 2011, is also the first Nickelodeon series to be filmed overseas. It follows a group of students who uncover and solve hidden mysteries at an English boarding school, while dealing with the highs and lows of their teenage years. Ramos plays Nina Martin, an American teenager who is assigned to board at Anubis House, and spearheads an investigation into the suspicious disappearance of one of her peers.
Last week, House of Anubis was renewed for a second season after posting impressive numbers in its first year. The live-action show, which is already a hit for Nickelodeon in Europe, averaged 1.2 million kid viewers ages 6-11, and 1.0 million tweens ages 9-14 when it was on the air in January and February. The show even beat top primetime fare like Glee, Pretty Little Liars and Gossip Girl among all kids and tweens.
We asked Nathalia how it felt to hear the news that the show had been renewed for a second season. "It’s fantastic news that HOA has appealed to so many people and it means that I get to go back to work with a cast and crew that I love,” said Ramos.
Ramos explained that it's great being the Latina star of a hit show. “I am so proud! House of Anubis airs in Spain (where I’m from) and other countries in Latin America,” she said. “So it gives me this unbelievable opportunity to connect with Spanish-speaking teens all around the world. I love getting tweets from fans in Spanish.”
She adds that the show is a testament to how diverse America has become (Census figures show that 1 in 6 Americans is Latino, while 1 in four children are Latino). "I love being able to say that I speak Spanish and that I was born in Spain," says Ramos. "This is what makes the U.S. so special — it’s so diverse.” Nathalia also understands that a great big chunk of her audience is comprised of Latino viewers. “I know there are many Spanish peaking teens who watch Nick and it’s an honor for me to be able to represent them and hopefully inspire them to follow their dreams.”
Still, she says it’s not just Latinos who can relate to the show, a coming-of-age tale that kids around the world can identify with . “Kids can all relate to it on some level no matter what country they are in," she says. "These 8 kids are going through normal experiences that we all go through at this age. I think people love it because while it’s a real adventure with mystery and excitement that leaves everyone in suspence each episode, at the same time it’s believable.”
Production on the next 45 half-hour episodes of House of Anubis will begin July 21 in Liverpool, England — where the show was taped last season, and new episodes will premiere in 2012. Nathalia says she's excited to get to work. “We have so much fun working on the show and I can't wait to see what is going to happen next and to continue to bring Anubis fans more mystery and excitement!