Interview with Carlos Farrugia

Where do you live:-Valletta

Star Sign:- Virgo

Main occupation:- Hawker/Shop Owner

Media-related occupation:- TV/Theater actor and director. Executive Director at Freespirit Acting

CARLOS FARRUGIA’s career in show business started with him being a model. He has won titles such as Dream Boy, Mr.Smart, Mr. Louie Noir and Mr Calendar 1998, 1999, 2001. During his modelling career he featured in various commercials for TV, magazines, and various fashion shows with famous brands. It was during a fashion show that he was approached for his first acting experience. It was a short film about the last supper of Jesus in which he played the main role. During the same period he did his first passion play on stage which he still does presently – 11 years later. It was during this particular time that he decided that he was made for the stage and acting.

I took acting seriously and joined a local drama school to improve my acting skills, sitting for Trinity College (London) performance Arts and Acting Skills exams and obtaining merit and distinction certificates. I continued to improve my acting skills at the Moving Arts Studio (London). I have attended diverse international workshops and seminars including ‘theater of the oppressed’ in Brazil under the direction of the founder himself – Augusto Boal; Masters in mime and Physical theater – Adam Darius and Kasimir Kolesnick; ‘Step into Stage, take Action’ Forum theater Seminar in Luxembourg; and various theater exchanges – Scotland, Italy, Luxembourg, Germany. I founded Freespirit Acting – Performance Arts and Acting School, in which approximately 300 students are currently enrolled. FSA has supplied actors for various TV series, films, programs, stage performances, animations and re-enactments,” stated CARLOS FARRUGIA in his introduction to this interview with RAMONA PORTELLI.

How did you first discover you had a talent for acting?

During a fashion show I was chosen to do the part of Christ for a short movie. In the same year I did my first passion play in Valletta. From then onwards I realised that Acting and Theatre will be my life.

Do you wear boxers or briefs? Why such a preference?

Boxers – they’re more comfortable.

What are your weaknesses?

I’m a perfectionist, sometimes stubborn and hard headed. I forget and forgive easily so I tend to make the same mistakes. I’m too soft-hearted, introverted in personal issues and a black or white person. Unfortunately, I smoke, which I consider a huge weakness!!

Can you describe your state of mind while acting?

I use the Stanislavsky System when I portray my character and deliver my emotions. So my mind is set on my personal emotions and experiences mixed with the created ones for the character. While I’m acting being in front of a camera or on stage I’m no longer Carlos. My character takes over and I become him/her/it.

What is it that you cannot live without?

My family and true friends! I’m not attached to anything else.

What do you think is your best asset?

My memory and my ability for putting myself in other’s shoes.