INTERVIEW WITH JESSICA VELLA

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Date of Birth: 28th April, 1995

Where do you live? Xagħra

Status: Single

Star Sign: Taurus

Main occupation: University student

Media-related occupation: Actress

JESSICA VELLA was born and raised in Gozo, but is currently living in Msida. She still goes back and forth every other weekend to visit her family. Jessica went to school at St. Francis Primary School in Victoria, then moving onto Agius De Soldanis Gozo College and Sir M.A. Refalo Sixth Form. She is currently reading for a B.A. in Maltese and Linguistics at the University of Malta. She took part in many school plays, and two roles which she recalls very clearly are the mouse Gus in Cinderella and Little Red Riding hood’s mother.

In Form 1, Jessica took part in the musical Cindy, where she was one of the secondary cast and also a dancer. At one point, she stopped theatre altogether as she was a victim of bullying and could not find the strength to continue. However, when Jessica turned fifteen, she heard that Rewind Productions was holding a drama weekend in Gozo and decided to give it a go. There, she met Evelyn Saliba La Rosa, Adrian Saliba and Dr Michael Vella Haber, and she’s never looked back since then.

“I was under Rewind’s wing for over five years. I was an intern behind the camera and also assisted in the production during Emilja, D.R.E.A.M.S. and Zafira. I was also a production manager during Season 1 of Katrina. With all these experiences, I learnt to appreciate the work more and more, everyday.

I also took part in D.R.E.A.M.S. as a regular character. I played Sylvia for three episodes. Later on, when I was working on Katrina, Evelyn and Michael asked me if I would be interested in taking part in the new soap opera they were working on – Ħbieb u Għedewwa. I didn’t think twice about this and didn’t even let them finish their sentences – I accepted immediately. In this soap opera, I interpreted the role of Diane and it was one of my most challenging and rewarding experiences,” explained Jessica.

Tell us about your journey in becoming an actress.

People inspire me. I’ve always been fascinated by how the mind reacts to various situations and emotions. I was inspired by and have always loved Disney. I love fairy tales. To me, acting brings me one step closer to that realm. Becoming an actress is a journey in itself. If I tell you how I channel ‘Jessica’ and bring any character in, I’d probably be locked up in an insane asylum. It’s too complex. Unfortunately, acting cannot be your main focus. It is not a job that can fully support you in Malta. But one can make the best of it. I am currently more focused and I’m studying to improve my voice techniques.

The world of an actor is so vast. From intonation to facial expressions to body language to diction. The learning process never stops and it’s like a wheel that never stops turning. There are so many things to learn, it’s overwhelming – I merely call myself an actress – I am still learning my craft as I go along!

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What role does technology play in your life?

My iPhone is glued to my hand and I take my Mac book everywhere I go, even if I’m going on a picnic. I am a total Apple freak… honestly!

What percentage of your life do you spend shopping?

Maybe 30%. I love going around the shops, but I don’t have a lot of time on my hands to do it. And that may be a blessing because I tend to like the more expensive stuff, especially if I’m shopping for handbags, shoes, scarves or make up.

What would you never buy?

I would never buy flowers to put on a grave, because I believe that you should show your love and affection to the person during his or her lifetime.

Do you consider fashion to be an important part of your life, and why?

I believe that fashion takes away individuality. I think that being fashionable is all about being yourself and inhabiting clothes and accessories which you feel comfortable in. To me, creating your own style is fashion.

What are your views on plastic surgery?

I don’t mind plastic surgery. If one can afford surgery, why not go through with it if it results in making a person happier?