Date of Birth: 4th September, 1991
Star Sign: Virgo
Main occupation: Executive
Media-related occupation: Actress
Shelley Spiteri is an outgoing, positive person with a caring attitude, although sometimes she admits that she can be difficult to understand. She considers herself to also be a perfectionist. Whenever she’s doing something, Shelley wants it done at the zenith of perfection, and this makes her her own worst critic.
She had started drama lessons at the age of 7. Her mother had enrolled her in a drama course since she was a very introverted child at that time, so it was more of a form of therapy rather than a start to a career. “For me, being on television was a dream and something out of this world, and it never crossed my mind that this dream could be realised,” states Shelley.
She completed her first two drama courses and at the age of 9, Mark and Louise Doneo, who were also her drama teachers at that time, offered her a main part in their very first own drama production; Shelly Rayner. For her, drama is not just about acting and being on television, but it is also about expressing one’s own emotions through another character.
How would you describe the local drama scene?
When looking back, I believe that the local industry has made significant improvements along the years. Things are being done more professionally and the results are evident. There is still a long way to go to compete with foreign productions, but this is also due to the limited budgets. Considering this and the fact that it’s not a job but just a hobby for most, I think that effort is being made.
What challenges have you had to face in your career?
My biggest challenge would be whenever I’m asked to play a part, which I would love to do, but cannot because of my work. I work in a very sensitive field and I don’t feel comfortable playing certain roles due to the nature of my job. This creates a conflict within me because I love my job and drama is my passion, but as always you can’t have everything in life, so sometimes you have to give priority to what you need rather then what you want.
How would you describe your relationship with money?
Unfortunately, I don’t have a very good relationship with money. It always finds a way to sneak out of my bank account. I guess it doesn’t want to have anything to do with me. I wish I could say that money is not important, but then I would be lying. Money is so significant. I don’t aim to be rich, but I aim to live comfortably and fulfil my dreams, so obviously money is necessary.
Do you have any expensive hobbies?
Well, I don’t know if I can call it a hobby, but I spend a lot of money on shopping. I love it, and it’s not just buying clothes. I love buying everything, and it doesn’t matter what I’m buying as long as I’m shopping.
Do other people’s moods affect you?
If I was asked this question a year ago, I would have said that it doesn’t, but nowadays I’ve realised that it actually does. Also, it’s not just moods, but also energies. Sometimes I’m next to someone and I can feel that they are transmitting a lot of negative energy. Sometimes, it’s really hard not to be affected. However, I’m becoming more aware of myself and of my surroundings, and I challenge myself whenever I’m faced with negativity so as to not get carried away.
What’s the most romantic thing a guy has ever done for you?
I enjoy being pampered, but at the same time I tend to be pleased with little treats. Once, I was having a tough day at work and I was in a very bad mood, and I was discussing this awful day with someone close to my heart. I received a phone call shortly after, and this guy was outside my office, waiting for me with a fancy paper bag. He gave it to me and left. Inside there was a croissant and a piece of paper – “Sweets always make the day brighter, but nothing will make it as bright as what’s written inside here xxx”. I’ll have to keep the other part to myself though, but anyway, it was a sweet little treat which changed my mood and pleased my stomach. I still smile whenever I think about it!
What role does technology play in your life?
I’m not a big fan of technology. For some, it facilitates life, but for me it complicates it. I just make use of ordinary gadgets, such as a mobile and a laptop.