Clare Agius: ‘It makes me cry to think my children may not be able to breathe and live well on this planet’

Actress, TV presenter and producer Clare Agius is one of Malta’s leading personalities who has been delighting theatregoers and television audiences for over 20 years. She recently emerged as the face of an environmental drive against the use of harmful plastics

Clare Agius
Clare Agius

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

I take a glass of lukewarm water with a good bit of squeezed lemon.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

Success is learning how to be happy each day and having the love of others as your biggest wealth.

What do you never leave the house without?

My mobile phone, sunglasses and keys.

Pick three words that describe yourself

Peaceful, respectful and positive.

What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?

Earning the respect of others.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?

A glass of good red wine and dark chocolate

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?

Do not make a mountain out of a heap.

What’s the most expensive thing you’ve ever bought?

Property.

What is one thing you wish you knew when you were younger?

I was always quite mature for my age but I also believe that the mistakes I have made were what taught me to be what I am today.

Who’s your inspiration?

My parents for starters; they have gone through the loss of a child which is in my eyes the biggest trauma a human can ever deal with.

What has been your biggest challenge?

My biggest challenge on a daily basis is with my kids, as I watch what I do and say constantly, knowing fully well that my actions and behaviours are shaping their personalities.

Do you believe in God?

Yes. I’m a spiritual person and value love and respect towards oneself and others above all else.

If you could have dinner with any person, dead or alive, who would it be?

I do have a list but I will turn them all down over my husband with whom I enjoy having dinner during our date nights. One minute we could be talking about what one of our kids cracked us up with, the next we could be talking about dreams and the next we could be laughing our heads off over a silly joke. He’s my best dinner date.

What’s your worst habit?

Sometimes it’s indulging in the wrong foods which I do not do often but it happens… like a bag of salted nuts.

What are you like when you’re drunk?

I could count the times I got drunk on one hand and that shows I really never did enjoy that horrible feeling. On the other hand, I do enjoy a few glasses of wine to get a bit ‘happy’. As long as my head does not spin out of control when I lay down on the pillow, I’m good.

Who would you have play you in a film?

Salma Hayek.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Apathy.

What music would you have played at your funeral?

Queen and Airport Impressions.

What is your most treasured material possession?

My home.

What is your earliest memory?

Going on a plane to America and Canada when I was four years old.

When did you last cry?

Reading about the destruction of certain animal species due to humanity’s impact. I find it so sad and it makes me cry over and over again when I look at my children and think they may not be able to breathe and live well on this planet.

Who would you most like to meet?

Angelina Jolie. I find her mystical, complex, but very deep and I would love to have a good conversation with her.

What’s your favourite food?

Anything fresh and tasty prepared with a lot of heart and goodness.

Who’s your favourite person on social media right now?

I love to see Sarah Zerafa’s photos on Instagram when they pop up. They are creative, bursting with colour and life.

If you could travel in time, where would you go?

The Romantic era.

What book are you reading right now?

George R. R. Martin’s ‘Game of Thrones’.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

To clean the earth and the seas from all the pollution and bring fresh water and good food to all.

What’s one thing you want to do before you die?

See my children grow into respectful and honourable men.

What music you are listening to at the moment?

Please don’t ask me this! If you must know, it’s ‘Old McDonald’, ‘Jingle Bells’, and ‘The Wheels On The Bus’.

In the shower or when you’re working out, what do you sing/listen to?

Silence! That is my favourite sound… the sound of silence.

Tell Us...

As a producer and presenter, what shows are you currently working on?

Ilsien in-Nisa and Airborne.

What advice would you give anyone interested in getting involved in Malta’s TV industry?

Be ready to commit and always seek to learn from others while recognising your own strengths and creativity streaks.

What’s one thing you want to accomplish in 2019?

A balance between a healthy lifestyle, my family and my work.

 

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