Here is the third character interview with the Malloy family, who have taken centre stage in Neighbours Series II – Keeping Up With the Neighbours. Meet Reba Malloy.
Q: I heard that you have a nickname. What is it?
A: Spitfire. My brother Zeb labelled me with that one. Nobody else calls me that, though.
Q: What’s behind it?
A: You know what they say about red heads. The fiery temperament to match the hair and all that… I just speak my mind, that’s all. I don’t see any point in beating around the bush, as they say.
Q: What is your relationship like with your other siblings? Do you get along?
A: I think we all get along pretty well. There are nine of us so there’s bound to be some fighting, but I’d say it’s generally pretty good. My sisters are all kind of bossy, but my brothers pretty much leave me be. Pip – he’s the youngest after me – and I have had a few ‘issues’, shall we say, but I won’t go into that now. One thing for sure – you mess with one of us you mess with all of us.
Q: Sounds ominous. Can you give me an example?
A: Well… I don’t want to be telling tales. Let’s just say, even if we don’t see eye to eye, we won’t put up with anything from an outsider.
Q: As the youngest girl, do you think you got spoiled by your older brothers?
Q: That’s not the impression I got when talking to them.
A: Then they’re out to lunch.
Q: What made you decide to move to Calgary?
A: I don’t know. I just got bored at home. That and I was tired of my Ma telling me what to do, or one of my older sisters. I think I was just ready for an adventure. When I heard Bo was heading west for Christmas I decided to tag along.
Q: What are your ambitions in life?
A: I’m not really sure. When I was really little I used to want to get married and have babies, but all three of my sisters done that and it looks kind of boring. Maybe someday, but I’m definitely not ready to settle down just yet. I guess I just want to get a good job and have fun.
Q: What do you do for a living?
A: Right now I’m apprenticing at a hair salon. Gemini’s. It’s run by twin sisters, Andrea and Angela Carravagio. They’ve been really good to me and are teaching me a lot. I took a course in high school, too, so it’s come in handy.
Q: Is that what you want to do with your life? Be a hairdresser?
A: Not particularly. It’s alright, but like I said, I just wanna have fun.
Q: And it sounds like you are. I hear you can party with the best of them. Is that true?
A: I can hold my own. Just cause I’m a female doesn’t mean I can’t hold my liquor or keep up with the men. I probably shoot a better game of pool than most, too.
Q: How’s your love life? Anyone special you’d like to tell us about?
A: That’s a bit touchy for me right now. I’ve been through a few break ups. I do have a crush on this one guy in particular, but I’m still working on it.
Q: Are you going to tell us his name?
A: No! What if he reads this and then thinks I’m acting like a dumb teenager or something? I am twenty-four, you know, not some little kid.
Q: I understand. I may have interviewed him previously, if it’s who I’m thinking it is.
A: Now you’ve gone and told. Thanks a lot, you –
Q: Keep in mind that this is a family friendly blog and I won’t stand for any swearing or name-calling.
A: Hmph. Too bad. I’ve got a few choice names I can think of right now.
Q: I’ll just bet. Anyway, thanks for joining me today. And good luck with everything.
A: Thanks, I guess. I’ll probably need it.
Vol 7 – Neighbourhood Wrap