Many will recognise Xylon Bristow as Klassi Għalina‘s geeky Daitan Borg, a lover of aliens and super heroes.
Xylon had started drama lessons with Freespirit Acting, and also had other minor roles on shows such as Prima Facie, Ċaqqufa, La Famiglia and others. It was on the set of Prima Facie that he met his girlfriend Kylie who was then playing his sister. They’ve now been together for four years.
Date of Birth: 18th February, 1986
Star Sign: Aquarius
Media-related occupation: Actor on Klassi Għalina
“I had also done some theatre in Cospicua. Klassi Għalina is now in its fourth season, and has been a journey from beginning to end. Thanks to our director, Alan Cassar – to whom I’m indebted – we’ve done all sorts of events – road shows, cinematic movies, live shows… I love Daitan’s character because he’s the tech guy and I’m also a geek in real life, and I fantasise about gadgets and technology, although I actually don’t like aliens.”
“The best thing about acting is meeting people on set and having fun. That’s what Alan always says. “Let’s have fun, so people will have fun watching us.” But sometimes we do go overboard, and the director needs to pull us back into focus since we’re on a tight schedule.”
Xylon also enjoys swimming. In fact, he had started doing some laps at the Inspire Marsascala Pool which then turned into a few kilometres, as he completed the Gozo-Malta Marathon Swim back in August 2016.
Can you recall the first time you performed in front of a camera or an audience?
It was sort of a coincidence, actually. A small act is always performed on Good Friday in Cospicua, and one of my friends who was taking part was taken ill, and the person in charge called me to stand in for him as a very minor role to be a Roman soldier. There, during those three days, I met Carlos Farrugia from Free Spirit who was naturally playing Jesus, and he told me about his drama school. I still remember shaking during the performance. I still do, sometimes!
What venue do you aspire to perform at?
I dream of having s small part in a foreign movie which will be shot in Malta.
What do you think of the rising number of actors in Malta?
I think nowadays – like everything – if you own a camera, you’re a photographer. If you do a one-day acting course, you’re a professional. I don’t even feel like a pro myself; I just call it a hobby.
Should kids be encouraged to take up drama?
I think it’s a good skill that lets you get to know yourself more, meet different people, bring down several walls on different issues you had, and build a lot of confidence.
Which part of being an actor is the most exciting?
The most exciting part is when I meet Klassi Għalina fans – from children to grandparents – who tell me, “I have a lot of struggles in life, but you make me smile,” and for me, that’s everything.