Eileen Micallef started studying the piano when she was 7 years old, and since then she’s accompanied several students for their exams and singers for various events. She used to play and sing in several hotels and she’s also played at the Manoel Theatre, where together with the B’Kara Children’s Choir, they obtained the first prize in a choir competition.
Around 20 years ago, Eileen used to dance in entertainment shows in different hotels and other venues. She also used to model for various outlets on television shows, but her biggest hobby has always been acting, both on stage and for television. For ten consecutive years, Eileen took part in Christmas pantomimes with Kumpanija Teatru Rjal. “Amongst the theatre productions I worked on, there was Tifel Taparsi at the Manoel, Don Giovanni – an opera in which I had the opportunity to work with foreign opera singers held on Mdina’s parvis – and other operas also at the Manoel.
I started acting on television around 15 years ago on Qegħdin Sew and since then, I’ve taken part in various TV series, among them Gawdenz, Pupi, Eklissi, Santa Monika u Ma Tinbidel Qatt. I’m currently taking part in Strada Stretta as old Stella. Throughout the years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with famous actors such as Vitorin Galea, Gemma Portelli, Manuel Cauchi and Hector Bruno amongst others.”
Date of Birth: 9th August, 1947
Star Sign: Leo
Media-related occupation: Actress
What inspired your interest in piano and acting?
I came from a family of musicians, so pursuing this career came naturally.
What’s your favourite venue in Malta to perform at, and why?
I love performing in all venues however, being on stage at the Manoel Theatre is a big honour because it’s of a class of its own.
What support systems would you like to see for local drama?
To create more opportunities for people who are interested both locally and abroad. We should promote local talent even with tourists who visit our islands. We can prepare short plays for young talent interested in drama and present it on a weekly basis in summer in venues popular for tourists. Also, more scholarships can be offered.
What’s your favourite household item?
My piano is always open, and every now and then I stop by it to play some classical music. In fact, it’s happened quite a few times that I get totally lost in playing and burn the food I’d be cooking.
Do you think that comedic ability is something you’re born with, or can it be learnt?
First of all, comedy has been missing on local TV, and we need to work more on comedy series since people love laughing and it would help a lot since nowadays our lifestyle is so full of tension and stress. I believe that it’s something that you’re born with, but you can perfect it by studying and working hard to improve.
What role does technology play in your life?
The least possible. I only use it when necessary. In fact, I only use my mobile to communicate when I have a show coming up and to keep in contact with family and friends.
I can never become an addict to technology, but I really love sports. I go for a walk and exercise every day, and I’m also very keen on swimming. In fact, I start it as early as March.