Interview with the Michala Banas Website (October 2002)

Michala agreed to do an interview for the website (!), and indeed kept her promise: here is the result! I would like to address a very special thanks to Michala for answering these questions (via the mail): not only is she a wonderful actress, but she also manages to find some time to write to her fans. Thank you so much Michala!


The Michala Banas Website: Do you have siblings?

Michala Banas: Yes, I have two older brothers: Leon is 28 - lives in Adelaide; Alexis is 26 - lives in New Zealand. I also have a sister much younger than me - Claudia. She is 17 months old.

Could you tell us something about you that we probably don't know and may surprise us?

I am 24 years old. I only have one kidney. My left one was removed when I was five as it was defective. Therefore I don't drink alcohol (maybe once or twice a year).

Since you are a great singer, do you have any ambitions in the music industry (like releasing a single for example)?

If my career takes me into music, I would enjoy that, but I don't plan on releasing a single and having a singing career at this stage.

Does the recognition factor make it hard for you to have a 'normal' life?

I don't get recognized very much, so I lead a very normal life. Anyone who does approach me, tends to only have nice things to say about "Always Greener" and my character in it, so it's cool.

What do you consider your worst fault (in terms of personality)?

I'm a bit of a perfectionist and can be moody at times.

Do you have a motto, a favourite quotation or proverb?

"Never let your fears stand in the way of your dreams" and "Luck is a meeting of opportunity and preparation".

Imagine you were going to live on a desert island and could take three objects with you. What would you take?

A bottle of water that never runs empty, sunscreen, and a genie in a bottle for everything else!!!

Do you remember which scene(s) you auditioned to get the part on 'Always Greener'?

Yes. The argument with my dad (John Howard) about drugs from the first episode, and two scenes from episode three about feeling like an alien from another world.

What has been your favourite/least favourite scene to shoot and why?

My favourite scene has to be lighting the cows fart in the pilot episode. It was very funny - poor cow!

What would you like to see happen to Marissa in the future?

I'd like something to rock Marissa's world in one way or another - something big that is a challenge and confronting for her.

Thank you so much for answering these questions!