CATCHING UP WITH AARON GRECH

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Date of Birth: 4th January, 1977

Location: Qormi

Status: Married

Star Sign: Capricorn

Main occupation: Teacher

Media-related occupation: Actor

Aaron Grech graduated as a Mathematics teacher from the University of Malta and has been teaching Mathematics at secondary level for the past sixteen years. He attended a three-year drama course in 1998 and a three-year course in Musical Theatre in 2006, both at the Mikelanġ Borg Drama Centre.

He’s performed in various plays – from classic to contemporary – such as Macbeth, The Odd Couple, Dead Man Walking, What’s For Pudding? and An Irish Engagement. Musicals include A Spoonful of Sugar, Thank You For The Music and Destination Musicals, to mention but a few.

On television, he’s had small supporting roles in the series Anġli, Delitti f’Malta, Santa Monika and Xhud, as well as leading roles in Rubini, Ħażen U Mrar and Eklissi. He’s currently taking part in Tereża and Id-Djarju l-Iswed.

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What would you recommend to actors who are just starting out?

Acting is a discipline which requires a lot of time and dedication. First and foremost, it’s something that you feel within. Having said this, it can be learned and mastered. The first step would naturally be to enroll in acting classes to master various acting techniques and build confidence. Acting will definitely change your life and if you’re willing to do it then go for it!

Any behind-the-scenes anecdotes you can share?

Whilst filming one of the scenes for Eklissi, my co-actor and I had to perform a fight scene where he ends up brutally killing me. The scene was so intense that we decided to try and fake it as least as possible, so I ended up all bruised and aching all over for two whole days. I must say that it was one of the best scenes I’ve ever shot.

I remember another good scene which I thoroughly enjoyed filming was when I drove a car off a cliff. The make up artist literally soaked me in stage blood and created some fantastic scars all over my face to make the scene look as realistic as possible. The best part was that after filming, I couldn’t clean off all that blood and remove the scars, so I had to drive home covered in it. Fortunately it was 4am with no one on the streets!

What’s going on with society today?

I think that people today are too critical towards each other, and this may not always be healthy in a relationship. Sometimes it’s better to say nothing than to keep pointing out every fault to the other person. Being defensive and selfish may all lead to a break up. Nowadays, people are becoming less patient towards each other and are not ready to admit to their mistakes, so they end up not talking to each other for as long as it takes. People are not always committed towards each other and, unfortunately, their priorities are everything else other than their relationship. Relationships do not take care of themselves. You’ve got to work hard to make them last.

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How important is social media to you?

Social media is important, but it’s not a priority. I use it to share my experiences, make new friends and keep in contact with people who I don’t normally meet everyday or haven’t seen them in ages!

When things get tough, how do you keep yourself going?

I find it very difficult to stay focused when things get tough. Normally, I try and keep myself occupied as much as I can and do things that I like most, like listening to music or watching a good movie. Though it’s not always easy, I try to remind myself that things will get better soon, one way or another.

Do you get rattled when you have a lot to do in a short amount of time?

Yes, definitely! I’m easily overwhelmed when I know I have so much to do in a short span of time, especially when I’m bound with deadlines! The nature of my work is rather like this, as teaching involves a lot of lesson planning, preparation for examinations, correcting students’ work and inputting data with regards to their achievements. But somehow, I try to involve myself in acting to detach myself from the daily routine and do something that I love.