THE INCOMPARABLE LOUISE DONEO

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Date of Birth: 14th May, 1964

Location: Iklin

Status: Married

Star Sign: Taurus

Media related occupation: Actress and TV presenter

Louise Doneo is the youngest of five siblings, and grew up in B’Kara. Her two brothers, John and Joe Dimech, are also in media; the former an established artist, and the latter a popular PBS news anchor. Louise is married to local writer and director Mark Doneo.

Louise became interested in drama at a very young age. She used to have drama classes at school and even had the chance to write short scripts and get to play them in school concerts. Her older brother used to be an actor as well, and used to take her with him on set while filming when she was about 7 years old. “It used to really fascinate me, seeing how a person can portray such different characters and escape from being themselves for a short period of time,” states Louise in this interview.

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Do you have any behind-the-scenes anecdotes you can share with us?

I happen to have a lot of those. One incident which I recall that could’ve ended quite tragically was while filming our first series of Shelly Rayner. We were filming in a cave three floors below street level. The only light we had during the scene was coming from two fire torches attached by our props man to the cave walls. I was at the far end of the cave. All of a sudden, I heard one of the crew members shouting to grab the emergency lamp which was standing on the floor and run. At first, I couldn’t make out what the reason was, but I soon found out; a huge bat was heading my way and I ran so fast screaming along the way, I didn’t notice that I was heading outside the cave towards a cliff edge. I bumped into a metal door, tore my trousers and made a large gash on my leg. Mark managed to grab me at the nick of time. If it wasn’t for him, I would’ve ran right over the cliff edge. Still have the gash to remind me of that day!

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Do you have any advice for aspiring artists wanting to break into film?

Work, work and work at your craft. Take acting classes, sign up for workshops and master classes, anything. Just keep yourself active. Acting is like having an out-of-body experience every time you portray a character, and it’s a truly fascinating art form. But you have to be truly committed to your work in order to succeed.

What role does technology play in your life?

For me, technology provides an interactive place where people can share, critique and validate their collective knowledge. I so much depend on my mobile and tablet, especially to communicate and for other important memos and keeping appointments, I don’t even own a diary anymore!

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What’s been your biggest failure to date?

If I set my mind on doing something, I always go for it, even if it’s just for a short period of time. And sometimes I do get bored if I had to do the same thing over and over again, but I cannot recall any failures, but I can definitely say that if I fail at something, it gives me more courage to work harder the next time round.

What’s your favourite household item?

My 60 inch television, where I get to watch my favourite series and films or a game of football.

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