on the couch

Rus­sel Dykstra ac­tor

The Courier-Mail - QWeekend - - UPFRONT - ALI­SON WALSH

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

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