Where do you live? Had-Dingli
Status: In a relationship
Star Sign: Libra
Main occupation: Personal Assistant
Media-related occupation: Actress
Maree Camilleri considers herself to be a very energetic and ambitious person, who tries to grasp every opportunity that life has to offer. From a young age, she always liked creativity and invention and Maree mostly likes to express herself through them. At six years old, she joined the Dingli Girl Guides and later on in her teens, she joined the Dingli Scout Group. “These groups both encouraged me to try new things in a non-competitive environment, experience new adventures, and step outside of my comfort zone. In the meantime, I was also involved in modelling, but due to my studies, I decided to put these activities aside and focus more on school. Being involved in drama at school, I was determined to further my studies in drama, after finishing my O’level exams. At that time, I thought it required less time than scouting and modelling [laughing] but I was so wrong!” explained Maree in her introduction to this interview with Ramona Portelli.
Her first drama course was in summer 2008 with Take 2 Entertainment, and later on that year she was given the opportunity to portray a character in the TV series L-Evangelisti’. Only then did she start to realise what a commitment being involved in drama is. L-Evangelisti had given her a boost to continue studying drama.
However, at that time Maree had started high school, she had a part-time job, had long hours of filming and she had to travel mostly by buses, so it was quite difficult to include anything else in her busy schedule. Since it was something she was very keen to do, Maree continued learning from the workshops which she attended, and mostly whilst on sets, by observing other actors and understanding the energy of each character. Luckily, when L-Evangelisti came to an end, she was given more opportunities to take part in other smaller roles in drama series, which included a short film, commercials and music videos. This helped her learn even more. In the meantime, she also started to become involved once again within the Dingli Girl Guides by helping her friends, who are now the leaders within the group.
Having taken some time off in 2013, Maree started missing drama, so when REWIND Productions contacted her in April 2014 to offer her the challenging role of Winnie in the daily soap Hbieb u Ghedewwa, she was overwhelmed! “Being involved in drama and TV requires a lot of commitment and time, but it’s very satisfying and fun, as long as you are prepared and manage your time well.”
How do you try to improve your acting skills?
I believe that acting skills are gained through practice and by observing what works. For example, I like to download free monologues from the internet, study them, record myself and then ask for feedback, in order to know in which areas I need to improve. I also like to train my voice, study body language, follow truly effective actors, ask them for advice and last but not least, I like to study people around me, as they are the key to help me prepare myself to get into any character, and act naturally.
What is it that you cannot live without?
God. My hope, my strength and my comforter. He is with me every step of the way and I know He has a bigger plan for me, than I have for myself!
What would you never, ever buy – and why not?
A grave. Because it’s not worth spending money on something which you would not know about when you’re dead.
Which word or phrase do you most overuse?
I tend to finish sentences with the Maltese word ta’. For example, “tonight I have a party ta’” [laughter].
What do you think is the most attractive trait in another person?
Positivity and the kindness that reminds someone else that the world is not against them.