IN CONVERSATION WITH PATRICK BONNICI

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Date of Birth: 15th August, 1978

Location: G’Manġia

Status: Married

Star Sign: Leo

Main occupation: Business Development Manager

Media-related occupation: Actor

Patrick Bonnici believes that he’s always been somewhat artistic from a very young age, which he probably got from his mother’s side.

“I used to love art and did some jobs here and there, however for as long as I can remember, I’ve always liked watching movies. I could appreciate acting from a young age.”

“Two years ago, I asked my cousin Mario Gatt, who’s an established local actor, to visit a film set to see how it all works. Little did I know that I’d be asked to have a small part with a few lines! That was the extra push I needed. From then on, I decided to do whatever it takes to become a good actor and have a main role in one of Malta’s best dramas. I managed to do this in a year and half, and I consider myself lucky to have been spotted. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Darc Productions for being there in my first steps, Watermelon Media and Pierre Portelli for entrusting me with such a role, especially because I was a wild card and I hope I’m repaying their trust with my work,” states Patrick Bonnici in this interview.

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What advice would you give to anyone who’d like to break into acting?

It’s very important that one has to truly love acting. If you just want fame, then forget acting. The craft requires a lot of time and sacrifices, so it’s no ride in the park as many people might think. However, I would advice them to attend courses and workshops and watch a lot of movies, paying particular attention to facial expressions and body language.

What’s your favourite performance venue in Malta?

Actually I’ve only done theatre twice, so unfortunately I haven’t yet had the opportunity to perform at a lot of venues. However, I do dream of performing at the Manoel Theatre someday.

What’s the best thing in life?

This is a question with a million answers, but I think if I had to narrow it down, I’d say that unconditional love is the best thing in life. That’s something that I’ve learnt from my son.

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What’s been your biggest failure to date?

I wish I had believed in myself when I was younger, but as I always say, it’s never too late to fulfil your dreams. So I’ll stick to that.

What do you normally like doing while on holiday?

A lot of things actually! However, I now try to enjoy my three-year old son as much as possible.

Do you find it unpleasant having a lot going on at once?

At times, it can be unpleasant and stressful, both for me and my family. In the end though, all the hard work pays off and the satisfaction is great, besides the overwhelming feedback I get from people. It keeps me going so on the whole it’s worth it.