A MOMENT WITH MANOLITA GRECH

Date of Birth: 6th February, 1981

Location: Marsascala

Star Sign: Aquarius

Media-related occupation: Producer and presenter

Manolita Grech had started making television appearances at the age of 29, debuting in Evanġelisti. She then went on to have a main role in Deċeduti as Rosie. She’s also played several roles in Min Imissu, with her most popular roles being Dolly and Mary Spitfire. She then had a three year break from TV after giving birth to her daughter.

Manolita is now working on a new project, ShowOff TV, with Owen Bonnici, where she hosts the show and also produces it.

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Can you recall the first time you had performed in front of an audience?

My first experience on stage was in Form 1 Secondary school. I loved it instantly! I remember being very excited before going on stage, but once I was up there, it felt like going into a different world, and had no record of what was going on. I still get the same feeling when I’m performing.

You’re an aromatherapist by day and an actress/presenter by night. How would you describe all these in a nutshell?

They’re both part of who I am. The performing side of me lets out my creativity, my emotions , my perception of the world in general, and my sense of escapism as well. Aromatherapy would be the holistic side of me. Mind you, I do get to express my creative side as well through it. It’s not solely about massage, as it can involve preparing remedies and/or home-made cosmetics, which I love doing.

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

The person that I am behind the scenes is sensitive, quieter, messy, clumsy, and all-over-the-place.

What are the most important qualities in an actress?

I think acting boils down to imagination and emotions – the ability to give life to your perception of the world by being able to get carried away and portray different emotions in a disciplined manner.

What has so far been your greatest achievement in your career?

I can’t really say. I think it’s all been made up of some very important steps.

Foto Credit Matthew Cutajar icam

Image credit: Matthew Cutajar Icam

 

How would you promote the media scene to the younger generation?

I think a big part of the Maltese population doesn’t follow the local television scene because local productions can’t be compared or compete with international ones. This is because Malta is a small market, and resources and finances are limited. It’s only fair to state however, that there’s been a lot of improvement over the past few years. I would ask the younger generation to support local productions and talent. I myself was one of those who never watched local television until I became involved in the scene, and know first-hand how hard people in this sector work to make something happen, be it the actors, producers, scriptwriters and so on.

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