Where do you live? Naxxar
Star Sign: Aries
Main occupation: Teacher
Media-related occupation: Actress, presenter, singer
From a young age, LORNA FIORINI’s passion was singing and music. In fact, during her mid-teens she was already participating in festivals, having started playing the guitar and singing at a very young age. Around this time she also did some modelling. Later on, Lorna presented a Motorsport program Motordrome on Smash TV. Her regular studies took her to the Faculty of Arts and she graduated with a B.A. in Maltese and Italian, followed by a P.G.C.E. with Italian. After that, she joined the Drama Centre and did several courses there: Drama, Musical Theatre and Community Theatre and also sat for LAMDA exams in Performing Arts: Pcert and Musical Theatre Grade 8 solo. At present, she is a Drama teacher with the Drama Unit.
Lorna produced and presented Seba’ Kuluri an educational program on Education 22 targeting students who were sitting for their Maltese ‘O’ level. Together with Frank Tanti, she also translated two plays from Italian, Servitori di Due Padroni of Goldoni and La Lupa of Giovanni Verga, both of which were staged at the Manoel Theatre. Yearly, Lorna also takes part in the Kantanapoli and has even taken part in operettas. She also sings here and there in various activities. Presently, she is busy working for a Masters in Counselling. “Right now I am doing a bit of drama with Rewind Productions and I have just finished Il-Gwerra l-Kbira on TVM2. I am also returning to my original passions of music and singing (my first love, after all) so I am dedicating more time to this explained LORNA FIORINI in this introduction to this interview with RAMONA PORTELLI.
What kind of roles have you performed throughout your career?
I was Lucia in Filumena Marturano and had a role and was in chorus in The Rose Tattoo and L-Ghanja tac-Cinju which was produced by Albert Marshall. The Rose Tattoo was a nice experience for me as I was in charge of the kids’ singing, too. I formed part in several operettas, such as Vedova Allegra, Paese dei Campanelli and La Scugnizza. These productions were all staged at the Manoel Theatre. Other roles included Polly in Polly u Polly, Ħawwad Profs and Mrs Cardona the victim in the production il-Weghda. a strong play by RISE which included inmates. The roles that I did/do at the Drama Unit are many and are incredibly varied. Right now, I am working on Arlecchino in a TIE for Form One students about the History of Theatre.
With regards to television, I had started with a small part of a Russian nurse in The Inheritance and other small parts in Emilja and in Il-Klikka. People got to know me most in my role as Antonia in F’Salib it-Toroq, a bit of a controversial character I must say. After that, I went for a completely different role and interpreted Dr Margaret, the psychologist in Rubini. There was also a vampire series called Eklissi in which I interpreted Akemi. Only recently, I just finished Il-Gwerra l-Kbira where I interpreted Maria on TVM2 and right now I am working on Katrina where I play Maxine.
What do you normally like to do in your spare time?
My life is very busy, so I do not really have spare time. In summer when I have no school, I swim a lot, and in winter I walk. I love going to the theatre and I feel lucky at that particular moment in time, that I am not performing for a change. I like watching others too. I love to travel a lot and lately the dose of travelling has increased drastically.
What’s a hobby you spend money on?
I spend money on Drama and Singing. Drama is not so well paid unfortunately on this island, so when you deduct petrol and all you end up having spent more money than was actually earned. I am also spending money on songs when I record or do whatever is needed to do something in this field.
Where do you see yourself in ten years time?
I see myself as a person who will do a lot of good and help whoever comes to me to overcome issues that paralyse them achieving whatever they want in their life. I see myself as still singing and acting. I would not be myself without them!
Describe your best moment when on holiday so far?
The best moment so far was on my holiday in Florence ‘La città d’Arte’ when myself and Italian teachers from around the world were treated as VIP’s at Galleria degli Uffizi and we didn’t even need to queue to go in. We stayed in Florence just for one afternoon as we had a tight programme. I was mesmerised by the beauty of this city, so I promised myself I would return, and knowing myself that is what I will do.
What’s the most money you have spent at one go?
When I bought my three-bedroomed flat at Naxxar around four years ago. I work so hard to pay for it, but I am very happy with it. My flat is one of the best decisions I made in my life.