ANDY CATANIA TAKES TO THE STAGE

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Date of Birth: 22nd December, 1977

Location: Born and bred in Birgu, now living in Kalkara

Status: Married to Christine

Star Sign: Capricorn

Main occupation: Drama teacher and graduate of English

Media-related occupation: Actor

Andy Catania has always felt attracted to the world of theatre. It’s led him to take part in many productions over a span of more than 20 years, starting off at his home town of Birgu acting in and later directing various musicals. The most recent parts he’s played were the Scarecrow in the MADC’s The Wizard of Oz, Teatru Rjal’s Il-Kennies tal-Ġenna, and Staġun Teatru Malti’s Sibna ż-Żejt last year.

Of course, the general public knows him as Ġino l-King in Square Wheel Entertainment’s Klassi Għalina, which was the first time he’d ventured onto a TV screen for a local sitcom. The success and popularity of both the character and the sitcom has changed his life ever since.

How did you first discover drama?

I stepped onto a stage for the first time at school in Year 4, and felt comfortable from the very first minute. I somehow immediately knew that my place was there on stage. School plays were a yearly occurrence for me, and later on I began taking part in musicals at Birgu, while also finding slots with Talenti’s yearly productions of Shakespeare at the Manoel Theatre. One thing led to another, the parts kept gradually coming along, drama became a part of my life, and today I am who I am because of it.

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How do you nurture your acting skills?

I observe a lot. Not only do I observe actors on stage and in films, but I especially like observing the man in the street going about his/her life. The street sweeper, the parent, the teacher, the lawyer, the bus driver… Everyone displays different emotions at different times which come in handy when you try to portray them in a character. I believe you should never underestimate the power and value of observing everyday life. If you want to really understand and feel an emotion like exasperation or extreme annoyance, try observing a waiter watching a table of six sitting down to start their meal fifteen minutes before the kitchen closes after a six or seven hour shift on a Saturday evening!

What are the ingredients for world peace?

Sports and music. And a lot less greed from many people.

Are you a good cook? What’s your signature dish?

I like to think I can cook quite well. I actually love cooking, and I just wish I had more time to do it sometimes. I think my best dishes are meats, though I also like preparing pasta sauces.

If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?

There’s A Lot You Don’t Know.

What would you never, ever buy?

Easy. A cucumber. I’m allergic.