Interview: July 24

This week on Interview Andrew Denton meets horse trekker Alienor Le Gouvello and pop star Troye Sivan.

Alienor Le Gouvello
Alienor’s is a story of grit, determination, will power and… above all… love.

The French-born explorer travelled more than 5,300 kilometres over 15 months along Australia’s longest trekking route from Healesville, Victoria, to Cooktown in Northern Queensland.

It was a gruelling journey she couldn’t have completed without her three trusted Brumbies and dog by her side every step of the way.

Alienor details the incredible journey – both emotional and literal – she embarked on; how she won the trust and managed to tame wild animals, her battle with the unforgiving Australian outback, her moments of genuine fear for her safety and the illness that hospitalised her.

What makes this journey even more special is that Alienor also happened to find love along the way.

Halfway through her adventure, Alienor unexpectedly crossed paths with Mitch Ballentine, a farmer and aviation specialist. Mitch explains to Andrew that is took seven months and a series of grand dates to woo this explorer into staying still.

Troye Sivan
Troye Sivan began his career at 11 on Channel Seven’s Telethon in Perth.

He became a global star in his teens, making his movie debut as young Wolverine and creating YouTube videos in his bedroom that have racked up hundreds of millions of views.

Now, he’s one of the world’s biggest popstars. Troye’s new single is a duet with Ariana Grande and he recently shared a stage with Taylor Swift, who insisted they sing one of his songs.

The 23-year-old boy wonder speaks to Andrew Denton about how he got where he is, discussing how to form authentic connections with an audience and musing on why eight million people would want to watch a clip of him getting his legs waxed.

In a moving and candid conversation, Troye also reflects on his 2013 coming out video and its ramifications. He reveals the challenges he faced, before and after telling the world, and his ongoing struggle to accept his feminine side and overcome the voices of doubt inside himself.

9pm Tuesday on Seven.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.