Interview with EILEEN MONTESIN
Where do you live:- Iklin
Status:- Married to Mark Haber
Star Sign:- Libra
Occupation:- Producer/Director on TV and Radio
EILEEN MONTESIN started her career as a radio announcer with Xandir Malta in September, 1979. She was ambitious and eager to do more so a year later she got her first TV children’s programme called Kikku & Sika. During those days Maltese TV was still in black and white. She continued presenting programmes for children till 1987, in the meantime also presenting Blanzuni 85 and producing It-tieg ta’ Karmena Abdilla and In-Neputija tal-Kappillan (amongst others) at the Mediterranean Conference Centre. These plays were also aired on television.
“In 1992 I moved to Super 1. I had my own daily radio show and produced and presented many programmes at this station. Punt & Capcipa (quiz), Rodeo (country & western show), Qisu l-Bierah (singing competition based on old Maltese songs) and started my very first teleserial Undercover thanks to Mr. Joe Attard who was our CEO at the time. In 2002 I moved back to PBS and produced UC5 and Dejjem Tieghek Becky, which were a continuation of Undercover with a slight difference. Undercover was based on the funny side of Becky; UC5 and Dejjem Tieghek Becky were mostly based on social issues. In 2011 I moved to Net TV with Dejavu which I am still producing and directing. This drama is mostly based on teenagers’ lives and the problems they encounter. It is not easy to move from one station to another and maintain success. But it is a good test to reaffirm the loyalty of fans and followers! So far so good I must say, and it’s been proven once again now that I’ve embarked on a new adventure on Solid Radio with my three-hour daily show, having moved from Xandir Malta to Super One to Calypso back to PBS and now SOLID”, stated EILEEN MONTESIN in her introduction to this interview with RAMONA PORTELLI.
How did you first discover you had a talent for acting?
I started acting at school and simply loved it. I won Best Actress during the Drama School Festival organized for all the schools in Malta. The festival was held at the Manoel Theatre in 1977 or so and the play was called Id-Dota. Amongst the judges were Charles Abela Mizzi and Jane Marshall. Also, I was always chosen for all school broadcasts and had experience on many rediffusion shows at a very young age, thanks to my mother who had her regular slot on air with Mrs.Carbonaro and Paul Mifsud – two popular presenters on Redifussion in those days.
Can you describe your state of mind while acting?
I literally become a different person – working mostly on my reactions rather than my lines. I try to give my best interpretation. And even when it’s good, good for me is not good enough, so I always give it another try just in case I can do it better!
What role does technology play in your life?
I remember dreading the moment when I bought my first mobile. I remember being even more scared when I had my first computer. These were gadgets I only knew in Space 1999 on television. However, now that I got used to them I cannot imagine having a life without them.
What is it that you cannot live without?
I cannot live without my daughter, Christine. She is my glow. We do disagree on many issues, mind you, but we are still very close and do everything together.
What are your weaknesses?
I am a very touchy person. A single word can literally break me or make me. I am also very outspoken… too much at times. But that is what makes me who I am.
What do you think is your best asset?
My life is an open book. I have no secrets and I open my heart and mind to whoever. My sincerity shows in my eyes and people can relate to me very easily. Also I am a good listener.