Date of Birth: 26th September, 1982
Star Sign: Libra
Media-related occupation: Actor
After a number of years working as an animator, Rene’ Pace had his first opportunity to work on maybe what was considered one of the most successful TV shows in Malta; Gizelle. He learnt so much, both on what goes in front and behind the camera. After that, he spent a number of years doing adverts and some theatre.
Having more free time in the last two years, Rene’ had the opportunity – aside from more adverts – to be part of a number of dramas, two of which were both well received by the general public: Strada Stretta and Tereza.
“One thing I really enjoyed and will never forget was the music video for Powerless by WaterWings. Since I had to be a sort of Frankenstein, I had a long make up session!” states Rene’ Pace in this interview.
What’s the most exciting part of being an actor?
Getting to interpret a lot of different characters and giving them something of your personal self. You give life to words on a script, not something you can do every day. You get to meet so many different people, and becoming friends with some of them is a plus for me. You get to learn loads of new stuff related to the part you play. For example, I was lately part of a docu-drama on WW2, and learnt some cool stuff.
Can you recall the first time you performed in front of a camera or an audience?
The first time I performed in front of an audience was way back in early 2000 when I used to work as an animator at Corinthia. Those were the days, I used to enjoy every single moment. But the first time on stage however was a bit of a different experience. We had a performance of Francis Ebejer’s work at Castille in Valletta. I was a bit tense since it was my first show in front of an audience. I remember I was sitting on a chair and my wife started her speech holding my shoulders. I was already tense and her shivering surely didn’t help. I felt overwhelmed, but luckily it went really well.
Any behind-the-scenes anecdotes you could share with us?
There are loads, but not all can be shared though. I will divulge this one, however. I’ve been teased about this by the cast and crew for the last two years. I had this particular line that I had to say which had the words “kunfidenzi żejda” at the end of a long intense conversation between two lovers. I couldn’t say it. It took us over thirty takes, half of which were caused by everyone giggling in the background.
Do you feel you have enough space and opportunities to spread your artistic wings in Malta?
Yes, especially in the last five years. Malta has seen a large increase in productions, both in TV and theatre. Our entertainment industry has flourished. Musicians and artists have more opportunities, and although it seems that we never have enough resources for this industry, we’re surely way ahead than we were some years ago. And it’s not just the amount of productions, but also the quality which has improved and has been appreciated by our audience. The final product which is being delivered to the audience is one to be proud of.
Given the opportunity, how would you promote drama to the younger generation?
It should start in schools at a young age. The same goes for sports. We bombard our children with academic subjects which the Maltese think are the only important ones to make a living and succeed. There’s more to it than that. Forming your character, being able to express yourself and communicating are just as important and of an intrinsic value to the person. Just an hour’s worth of a drama lesson is not the way forward.