Date of birth: 30th December, 1993
Location: Qormi (St. George)
Status: In a relationship
Star Sign: Capricorn
Main occupation: Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Media-related occupation: Actor
Christian Grech is a simple yet very complicated man. He is 21 years old, and will be turning 22 next December. He admits that he can be very funny and very serious, depending on the context. He is a free-minded man and also very busy. He enjoys discovering new things, people, places and subjects.
“I don’t like following the rules – the nonsense rules. I love kids. I love animals. I love my family, with all their flaws. I like to create, discuss and learn. I love cars and I love logistics.”
He likes drama. In fact, he and his friends refer to it as ‘escapism’, because it really is. “Drama is not everything that I have, but I cannot live without it, for sure. Living without drama would be like a body trying to function without lungs for me. I have taken part in a number of theatrical productions over the years, and I have also been part of the team who won the Social Theatre Festival two years ago. It was a fantastic experience where I got to work closely with one of my mentors and great friend Clive Piscopo. I also had the chance to be part of a production called Satira, directed by the great Albert Marshall, where I could also work with lots of great people,” states Christian in this interview.
He also likes to create. “I’m part of this group of friends, but we don’t have an official name. We’re currently working on this new project, but I won’t say anything about it, so stay tuned. It’s going to be good. The only thing we’ve created so far is a short movie called Kobba, which is available to watch here. This was filmed two years ago with a tiny camera. We’re now working on escalating our quality. We’ve got a new camera, and the last two years has given us a lot of experience which we’ll be taking advantage of for the upcoming thing. What everybody has to keep in mind is that the budget for the work we do is not zero, but below that.”
As for dreams, Christian has got a lot of those and they vary from living in Miami Beach to convincing everybody at home that if he brings a dog, their cat would accept it. However, if he had to mention one realistic goal, it would be to have a lead role in a production staged in the Manoel Theatre.
How did you first discover drama?
I had never dreamed of ending up here. As a kid, my dream was to become a musician. I adore music. I believe it’s the best way to express yourself. There’s a song for everyone on this planet.
It all started as a joke. One of my best friends started drama classes and forced me to join in. I didn’t want to go at the time, but I gave it a try and it ended up being one of the wisest decisions I’ve ever made. I’ve met a lot of people who are a very important part of my life. They’ve turned it upside down! Together with all the other experiences that I’ve had thrown at me, drama’s turned me into a man.
How long have you been working in the industry?
It’s been seven or eight years since it all started. The beginning was all about theatre. It taught me a lot. It gave me confidence. It helped me believe in myself. The audience gives me chills every single time. The mighty Manoel Theatre is the best place to be for people like me who love art. One can compare the feeling I get every time I walk in that theatre to the feeling a priest gets every time he walks into a church. It feels like home, but very sacred.
The last two or three years have been more about television. It started with a programme for kids and then Ċaqqufa. I feel very lucky that it started with a boom, since Ċaqqufa has so far been a big hit, but I believe I deserve it. As to the future, I don’t like planning much, since circumstances change all the time. However, all I can say is that I miss theatre and the feelings it gives me.
What’s your biggest fear?
Facing situations in life where you can do nothing. You have no control at all. It’s crazy and it feels so sad. Also, Mary Poppins. She creeps the hell out of me.
What do you do in your spare time?
The truth is, I don’t have that much free time! When I have a few hours to myself, I like to walk, jog and run, hang out with my girlfriend and our friends. I play games on my Xbox and FIFA, listen to music, watch movies, read up on current affairs, and drive – it relaxes me.
How would you describe your relationship with money?
People who know me well would say I’m a very expensive person, so I guess I must love money. I’m a tech freak and we all know the price tags on those. I just cannot stop loving tech. I know I spend too much money on it, but as long as it makes me happy, I don’t care what others think. It’s not like I’m a freak for money. I just need a lot of it as everybody else does in this day and age.
What makes you angry?
People who don’t understand me. People who don’t believe in me. People who talk nonsense about me without even knowing me. Some habits which us Maltese have, like wanting to know everything about our neighbours, wanting to know who owns that new car down the street, scratching your neighbours’ car with a key because they parked in front of your house… Also, entities who try to control societies by manipulating people and inventing stories. It makes me angry to see so many people scared and afraid to ask questions and believe every little thing they are told.