Date of Birth: 7th January, 1991
Where do you live? Gzira
Status: In a relationship
Star Sign: Capricorn
Main occupation: erm.…. that’s a tough one!
Media-related occupation: Singer/Actress
TEZARA CAMILLERI is the youngest of four sisters and an aunt to four beautiful nieces – Jade, Julia, Lisa and Norah. She has always had a love for theatre, so much so that while she was considering what to study at university she knew immediately that that was the line she wanted to pursue.
After reading for a BA in English and Theatre Studies, Tezara started working for The Times of Malta as an advertising sales executive. However, a couple of months ago, she had a mini mid-life crisis and decided to change her career path entirely and go into a field she was always interested in, but never had the guts to pursue – Midwifery.
“I’m currently sitting for my Biology ‘A’ level so as to be able to apply for the course in October. In between studies, I work for a law firm called Camilleri Preziosi, I babysit and I teach English as a foreign language.
I actually started out as a so-called dancer – I went to ballet classes for seven years and jazz for about five years. However, I never really felt that I was a prima ballerina. I enjoyed being on stage, but I wasn’t really enjoying what I was doing. So, I asked my mum if I could go to a theatre school which offered training in the three art genre rather than just dance and my sneaky mummy told me that if I passed my Maths mid-yearly exam (I was that terrible at Maths), she would then send me.
Luck was on my side and I managed to scrape through with a 50%!! And that is how I enrolled at Masquerade Theatre Arts School and discovered how much I enjoyed singing and acting and that I definitely preferred it to dance! I sat for group and individual exams and got involved in as many productions as I could.” explained Tezara in this interview with Ramona Portelli.
Tezara took part in the third edition of L-Isfida and this put her on the proverbial map. “TV really does give you so much more exposure than the stage does. It was a really enjoyable experience and it served as a wakeup call to all the pros and cons of this field. Since then, it’s been a case of getting myself involved in as many productions and projects as time would permit, both on stage and off stage! I’ve been involved in some musicals and pantos, and last year, I took part in my very first Rockestra! I really hope to be on that stage again in this year’s edition! I guess I’m best known for my role as Julia in the TV series Il-Klikka since I was in all three seasons and even in the film,” continued Tezara.
How did you first discover you had a talent for singing and acting?
I liked doing it, so I went ahead with it. Knowing my character, even if I were terrible at it, I would have carried on anyway since it makes me happy. Acting always came kind of easily to me, especially comedy which is my preferred area.
Ludwig Galea was one of my tutors at Masquerade and he pointed out that I should take my singing training further. We were in a lesson once and he gave me a little solo. Back then, I wasn’t as confident as I am now, so I was just as shocked as he was when it didn’t sound half bad! He paid a little more attention to me after that and then suggested that I take up singing more seriously and enrol in individual singing lessons… which I did!
Any ‘behind-the-scenes’ tips you would like to share with our readers?
Always make friends with the crew! And with the editors! They do so much that is never seen, but without their hard work, performers can’t do theirs. Oh, and make friends with the co-actor you might have to kiss. That way if his breath is vile you can turn it into a joke and ask him to pop a tic tac!
Do you worry about getting old?
I worry about not managing to do all the things I’d like to do before I’ve no longer got the energy or the time to do them. Old age doesn’t really scare me, especially if I’m happily content with my future children and husband. But of course, there’s no guarantee of that happening and I may very well end up lonely or senile. I’m trying my best to cross as many things off my bucket list while I still can. In fact, I’m climbing Kilimanjaro in December in order to raise funds for a kindergarden my team and I are building in Ethiopia. I can imagine Future-Me baking a lot, I don’t know why. Lots of chicken pies and muffins and drinking lots of tea in some fine china.
What would you never buy?
I would never buy plane tickets to Palermo again! A good friend of mine, Rachel and myself have just got back from a weekend trip there and that place is really nasty! It’s filthy and creepy and quite frankly, if my friend wasn’t with me, I’d have caught the next plane home. With no offence to anyone who’s from there, I believe the rumours about the place are true. I REALLY tried not to give in to the stereotypical thoughts about that particular area in Italy thinking that I can (at least) get myself some really good plates of pasta… or so I thought…. No, I was very happy to be back on our little rock. We did have a few good laughs though, which is really what trips abroad are about, right? It’s all about the company, really!
What do you enjoy most about fashion?
The fact that summer is fast approaching and as much as I hate the season, I love the colour orange which, in my opinion is a super colour to wear, especially when you’ve got a tan. I’m not really someone who follows fashion trends. Actually, scratch that, I am certainly someone who does not follow fashion trends! I will choose comfort over pain any day, no matter how great the shoes look or how much that dress sucked in my stomach to the point that I can’t breathe.
What I wear depends on the mood I’m in when I’m getting dressed. In fact, I can bet on anything that someone who knows me well can tell the kind of day I’m having by looking at my choice of attire of the day. I don’t enjoy shopping at all. I do everything online. I also have three older sisters, a mama, a nanna, an aunt and some friends who give me bags full of clothes when they don’t want them or when they don’t fit. It feels like Christmas came early every time.
I’m really not the kind of person who walks into a shop and buys something when I need to celebrate or need an uplifting moment. On the off-chance that I do go shopping, I never fail to buy more shoes and blue eye liner. I have this signature thing where I always wear blue eye liner on the bottom part of my eyes. Now, if it’s fashionable or not, I don’t know, but I like it, so it’s staying!
What’s the best prank you’ve ever pulled on someone?
Not really a prank but oh my, this was hilarious! A few months ago, I sent a picture of an ultrasound to my sisters on our chat and told them that I had some BIG news and how happy I was, etc etc. As luck would have it, just as I sent the picture, I was stuck in an underground parking lot without any reception for about ten minutes and when I had a signal again, I looked at my phone and saw about forty messages from them. One sister in particular was having palpitations, apparently. Alas, it was not a pregnancy ultrasound, but we got to have a good laugh about it and I got to see how my sisters would ultimately support me in whatever direction life took me.
I think I have quite a good sense of humour and recently I got pranked by Martina Zammit on VIBE FM for which I have not yet had my revenge! So watch out world (especially Martina) for I will be plotting something good.