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Monday 7 March 2011

Fun Facts with Felice Arena

We love this part of Behind the Books! Here we let you in on ten little-known facts about Felice Arena. Enjoy!

1. 'Felice' is the Italian word for 'happy'. The English/Latin version of my name is Felix.

2. I once had coffee with Hollywood movie legend Sophia Loren – in her house!

3. I taught art for one year as an emergency primary-school teacher.

4. I was once an exchange student in northern California. Most of my American friends there didn’t know much about Australia back then, except for Paul Hogan’s “Throw a shrimp on the barbie!” TV ads and Mel Gibson’s Mad Max films.

5. I have a huge fear of swooping magpies in September. And also of the football team!

6. As a teenager I was a competitive swimmer. At 13 I broke the state record for 50m Butterfly after training in a farming irrigation channel for an entire summer.

7. Whenever I go out for gelato I always order the same flavours – chocolate and lemon (yes, together!).

8. I have a sister 19 years younger than me.

9. I love the Swiss Alps. I think I must have been a mountain goat or a Von Trapp child in a former life.

10. I like to sprinkle icing sugar and salt on my popcorn. You should try it! Sweet and savoury – a killer combination!