“I must’ve been very young when I was first exposed to Evita. It was probably the musical actually – it was the first time I’d ever heard of Evita. Didn't know anything about it.
"In the ‘80s I was still going to school, having a great time, you know. I don’t think it was until many years later that I was curious about this Evita. Who is this Evita?
"And then having Argentinian family, as I do, there’s a whole Arena branch that left Sicily and immigrated to Buenos Aires, and who are still there, and of course then because of the family affiliation I became a little bit more curious about this woman, Eva Perón. So I’m so excited about playing her and I’ve had a joyous time researching her as well.”