Thursday 17th June

| BY Claudia Croft

My Happy Place: Actor Marisa Abela is Next in Our New Creative Generation

A new creative generation is emerging from the devastation of lockdown. Inside Issue 66 of 10 Magazine, we teamed up with Chanel to spotlight a series of actors, musicians, activists, writers and artists who are fueled by talent, self-belief and are ready to shape the cultural landscape. Their time is now.

The breakout star of the BBC’s hedonistic banking drama Industry will return as finance rookie Yasmin soon – a second series was announced at the end of last year.

Where is your happy place?

“Aside from my friends and family, my happy place is my job. It’s acting and being able to do what I love. My mum is an actress and she raised me and my brothers as a single mother, so we spent a lot of time in the dressing rooms of theatres and in the lighting box, watching her perform, so it just seeped in.”

Why do you need a happy place?

“It’s the thing that gives you purpose in life, and happiness is nothing without purpose and fulfilment. Every time you get a phone call saying you’ve got a job is the best feeling in the world. But especially when I was 19 and I got into Rada. I was going to go to university, although I didn’t really want to. Then I got a phone call from Ed Kemp, the head of Rada, saying you’re in, and I thought, ‘That’s it, I am an actor. I can do this forever.’”

Describe your happy place in three words.

“Playful, curious, safe.”

Marisa Abela wears Chanel, as photographed by Adama Jalloh. Taken from Issue 66 of 10 Magazine – MY, HAPPY, PLACE – is out NOW. Order your copy here.

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