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60 seconds with... Javier Torres

Javier Torres as Albrecht. Photo Jason Tozer

Tell us something about your home town...

I come from a really small town in the middle of Cuba called Remedios, it’s the kind of town where everyone knows each other. Every year on 24 December there is a carnival called Parrandas Remedianas which has spectacular fireworks.

What keeps you motivated?

My family.

Tell us a funny ballet story.

One of my friends wore braces on his teeth and once he lifted a girl during a performance and her tutu got stuck in his braces. He managed to pull it out but he ended up with loads of tutu netting stuck in his mouth!

How do you like to relax?

Either with a Crabbies Gluten Free Ginger Beer in my left hand and the TV remote in my right hand sitting back in my reclining armchair, or driving out to the countryside on my own and getting lost.

Can you cook? If so, what’s your signature dish?

I love to cook, I like making sweet potato and chicken risotto.

What book/story/movie would you like to see created into a ballet?

Angela’s Ashes because I just fell in love with the story.

What is your TV viewing guilty pleasure?

When I first came to England I was obsessed with The Graham Norton Show but now I love watching Celebrity Juice and anything with Keith Lemon.

What film always makes you cry?

Life is Beautiful. If you haven’t seen it, watch it and you’ll know why.

If you could have a Hollywood star best friend who would it be and why?

I think it would be too stressful to have a Hollywood star for a best friend.

Name a skill you’d like to learn?

Tap dancing.

If you were invisible for a day, what would you do?

I’d spy on the Queen and see what she does all day.

Name one place in the world you haven’t been to but would like to go to and what would you do there?

There’s so many! I’d like to go to Morocco, Dubai and Australia and just experience the culture there.

What would the title of your autobiography be?

Mi Oceano (My Ocean). Because I come from an island and live on an island and I’ve had to cross the ocean to work, achieve my dreams and see my family so it has a special place for me.

What piece of advice would you pass on to your 16 year old self?

To keep an open mind and enjoy lots of activities as well as ballet.

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