on the couch
Russel Dykstra actor
When I look in the mirror, I see a hottie.
A vivid memory of growing up in Brisbane is … going to the Ekka with my family. I loved the rides and still do. The word that best describes me is … perfect. However, I surveyed some friends and their most common response was: playful. My most treasured possession is … my health. My first job was … an apprenticeship-like position with Brisbane-based theatre company Twelfth Night. It was an extraordinary opportunity for a group of young actors to perform new and diverse work. When I look in the mirror I see … what everyone else sees – a hottie. A book I couldn’t put down was … most recently, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. A song that gives me goosebumps is … Nick Cave’s Love Letter. My favourite smell … is the smell of honey in my back yard. I’m a “newbie” beekeeper, so when I smell the honey on the wind, I feel proud that my hives are healthy and productive. The question I’m most often asked is … why are you so naughty? I relax by … getting massages. I’d have one every day if I could. A role I’d love to play is … I can’t wait to play a villain again. They are so much fun. The people I most admire are … my parents. They are incredibly kind, generous and loving people. They continually inspire me. The strangest place I have ever been recognised is … in Paris. Some French people recognised me from Rake. Apparently the show has a strong following there. Five years from now I hope to be … living a happy lifestyle, surrounded by my loved ones and being creatively challenged. The point of life is … if I knew that, I’d have a bestseller. Dykstra, 47, stars as Pumbaa the warthog in The Lion King at QPAC, Brisbane, until January 25. Qpac.com.au