SETTING THE SCENE WITH HENRY ZAMMIT CORDINA

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Date of Birth: 16th June, 1958

Where do you live? I’m originally from Hamrun, but I now live in Fleur de Lys

Status: Married

Star Sign: Gemini

Main & Media occupation: Videographer/Editor/Actor

Henry Zammit Cordina is a familiar face to those who follow TV drama on Maltese television. He has taken part in quite a few productions, portraying various challenging roles. He was twice nominated at the Malta Television Awards for his acting abilities in TV dramas La Farfalla and Santa Monika. His main occupation until a few years ago was banking. After nearly 35 years in this sector, Henry decided to pursue what he loved doing most.

His exposure to film started at a very young age. He has taken part as an extra in various foreign film and TV productions, including Midnight Express, Gladiator, Troy, Julius Caesar, The Count of Monte Cristo, Erik the Viking, to mention a few. During these last years, his experience has led him to main acting roles as well. He was one of the main actors in Malta’s first medieval full feature film, Adormidera. He took part in Simshar and other films, and was entrusted with the lead role of Saint Paul in the docudrama The Shipwreck. He is presently on TV on a daily basis as one of the main actors in Malta’s first daily TV Soap ‘Ħbieb u Għedewwa’.

Henry is the son of Josephine Zammit Cordina, a well known Maltese TV presenter and actress, and is the nephew of actor Joe Zammit Cordina, also familiar with Maltese audiences.

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Image: Henry Zammit Cordina as St Paul in the shipwreck.

Photo credits: CAK Malta

 

Aside from acting, you’re also a videographer. You’re therefore in front of the camera and sometimes behind. Which do you prefer?

Being behind the camera takes me to many places, local and abroad, and I meet a variety of interesting people. As an actor, I fulfil what I’ve always wanted to be. Both have their ups and downs. Bearing in mind the local scenario, financially, filming has an edge over acting and that is how I distinguish between the two. But ultimately, I would prefer acting.

Can you describe your state of mind when acting?

I try to get on set as prepared as possible. Knowing the lines is a must. We joke on set, and the cast and crew become like a family. But before filming starts, I completely focus on the character I’m portraying, as well as the mood I should be in. I completely block out the fact that I have a crew in front of me until the scene is ready.

If any of our readers were interested in trying to break into acting, what advice would you give?

They should first start with their inner self. Is there a genuine interest or better still, a passion? Some think that acting is just about being in the limelight, having fun and being popular. These are only a part of what acting is all about. It also involves hard work, sacrifice, studying, responsibility and rejection. If one is prepared for all of these and more, then yes, go for it. Starting as an extra is not a bad idea. Try to take part in as many productions as you can. This will give you more exposure as well as meeting people who are casting. It is also useful to join a drama course, as students are in a better position of being cast by a production house that also organises the course.

What are your major causes of stress?

Studying a script does sometimes cause some stress, especially if the script is handed to me at the last minute. Filming is always stressful, especially filming an event. If it’s not filmed right, there are no second chances. Editing deadlines don’t help, either.

What is your favourite thing in your whole room?

Definitely my computer. It is my foremost tool to work with. I cannot imagine what I would do without it.