THE INIMITABLE JOHN GRECH

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Date of Birth: 3rd February, 1989

Location: B’Kara

Status: Single and not looking

Star Sign: Aquarius

Main occupation: Senior IT Executive

Media-related occupation: Actor

John Grech has been acting since the age of sixteen. He started out at Higher Secondary with the role of the Mayor in The Government Inspector. The following year, he took part in Life of Molière.

In 2011, John was offered the part of Jack in The Rose Tattoo at the Manoel Theatre, a role which he absolutely loved doing and which was directed by Albert Marshall. He was then lucky enough to work with WhatsTheirNames Theatre in The Burial at Thebes.

As for local television, he had a major role in Klikka from Seasons 1 to 3 with V Squared Media, and last but not least, he has worked with Sharpshoot Media on Rajt Ma Rajtx and Strada Stretta as Oscar, thanks to Steve Dalli and Justin Farrugia, to whom he owes a lot.

How did you first discover acting in your life?

Well, I first started out at Higher Secondary. I joined drama classes in an attempt to start talking to this girl that I liked at the time… which was an utter disaster. Never ever try this method… No seriously.

In all fairness though, I first got inspired as a young child watching Lenny Henry in Chef!, Rowan Atkinson in Blackadder and John Cleese in Fawlty Towers. Those were the actors and shows which really inspired me to get into acting at a young age.

Aside from drama, what other things do you cherish in life?

Spending time with my friends whom I owe a lot to, especially over the past year in which I’ve been dealt a blow with the loss of my father – a man who will eternally be my hero, no matter what. These people know who they are and they know that to me, they mean the world. Every single one of them has somehow been there for me in one way or another. I also love spending time with my pets. I’ve got a Shiba by the name of Okami and three cats – Sparta, Athena and Leila. I cherish the time I spend with my family, especially my brother David and his two boys and my niece Celine.

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What’s your preparation process before a performance?

Oh that depends, before a live performance I’m a nervous wreck. I normally go out on stage before people start coming into the theatre and just pace up and down on stage and go over my lines. When it comes to TV, I normally go over my lines in my car, along with the facial expressions I think would fit into the scene…Do not do this whilst in traffic… People in the car next to you will look at you and think you’re insane… Well, we all are a bit, aren’t we? Right?

How important is social media to you?

Funnily enough, I tried quitting Facebook for a couple of weeks in November. It was a disaster. I missed events and my friends kept calling me asking me why I blocked them on Facebook, so yeah it’s become an important aspect of keeping in touch and keeping your friends from thinking you’re a lonely git. Also, I have to say I can’t live without the football forum group on Facebook.

What do you usually look for when you travel abroad?

My passport, so as to avoid getting completely stranded in 3 different places and beautiful scenery… again. Also, I’ll now have to start looking forward to seeing my best friend Emma-Jane more often!

Do you have good skills in the kitchen?

I’m terrible and I mean absolutely terrible. I’d probably set the kitchen on fire whilst making cereal. Keep me away from the kitchen at all costs.