A MOMENT WITH TREVOR MIZZI

Date of Birth: 14th July, 1982

Location: Birgu

Star Sign: Cancer

Media-related occupation: Actor

Trevor Mizzi’s first experience in performance was when he was a teenager in Jesus Christ Superstar. It was a small part, but it was his first step.

He later took part in Phantom of the Opera, We Will Rock You and again in JCS, all with the same local drama group. His breakthrough then came on the big screen with Maltageddon. Trevor was then later on one of the main characters in the local movie MaltaForce. In 2009, he reprised both roles for the TV series Klassi Għalina. He also had a part in Rajt ma Rajtx.

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Can you recall the first time you performed in front of a camera or an audience?

Believe it or not, I was an incredibly shy boy when I was younger, so I never went for bigger roles in stage productions. It was a case of beating my inner timidness and start to believe more in myself – I knew I had that something in me.

I remember doing my first scene in Maltageddon. I didn’t want to do it at first. I was afraid of the part and the consequences it carried with it. There were a lot of people behind the scenes, and no one knew what was coming from me. I did it and everyone started laughing and clapping. They never expected that from me, I guess!

Who would you say are your comedic influences?

I used to follow Jim Carrey a lot. He’s very capable of doing various facial expressions; he was my inspiration.

Are you the regular joker outside of performing?

I don’t tell jokes, I play them! Many have fallen victim to my jokes, but there’s one which happened about ten years ago that we still talk about it to this day. It’s the joke from which the character of Terrance had emerged. The worst response I’ve had was from a prank call I had done to someone at 3am. My number was not hidden, so he called me back and I’m sure you imagine what he said.

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Any behind-the-scenes anecdotes you can share with us?

There are a few. We laugh a lot during filming for Klassi Għalina. Thank God, it’s all censored. In all these years together as a cast we’re like a big family. We’ve experienced happiness, laughter, sadness, pressure, and we’re still going strong.

You play a young gay student in Klassi Għalina. What are your challenges in portraying this role?

I meet a lot of people. Everyday, everywhere I go, there’s always someone who mentions Klassi Għalina. The part is not easy. It was a big challenge for me, because I’m interpreting someone who I’m not. The easy part is playing Terrance. The difficult part is the outside world. I hate to say this, but there’s still a lot of prejudice and judging out there. Some people still cannot make the distinction between the character and the actor as a person. It used to affect me a lot – it still does today, sometimes – and because of this, I had seriously considered quitting the role.

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But nowadays, I prefer to focus on the majority who love Terrance and Klassi Għalina. I know we put a smile on many faces, even children who are sick in hospital, elderly people who are lonely and a lot of families who wait for the day it’s broadcast. In those 45 minutes, we’re with them in their homes and we help them forget all their problems for a short while – and the satisfaction and pleasure I get from it make me glad that I continued playing the part despite what others had thought of me.