Interview with Nico Baumgartner, our Selfish Giant narrator

by Buhobooks Editor

Nico is our wonderful and fabulous narrator in The Selfish Giant. He is a professional actor, dancer, and modern singer. He´s worked in TV, musical theatre, short films, and now children´s books.

He speaks Spanish, Catalan, English and German fluently. Now that is impressive!

Nico is currently in New York developing his artistic career, but we managed to get him to answer some very serious questions for us…

1. Hello Nico, who’s the one person that always makes you laugh?

My best friend since high school, Luis.

2. What’s the song you dance to when your home alone?

Hmmm… Probably something 80′s.. “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” (Whitney forever).

3. What’s your favourite book from childhood or earliest memory of one?

The first one I can think of is “La Bruja Món”, with that word game in Spanish when you pronounce the two last syllables together. And “La Nariz de Moritz” about a postman who has a huge nose and has the ability of smelling if the letters he delivers are good or bad news.

4. What sound do you love?

The sound of true, honest and joyfull laughter :)

5. Who is your favourite writer?

I always find it hard to answer to questions that start with “who/what is your favourite _____” But I guess there’s always a bunch of people you always turn to when I want to find inspiration, or simply enjoy a song or a movie. Stephen Sondheim doesn’t write novels, but he definately writes amazing emotionaly truthful songs.

6. Do you prefer paper or digital?

I prefer paper, but I do digital most of the time.

7. Who´s your superhero?

A classic: Superman. Who wouldn’t like to fly, see through things or lift helicopters with one arm??

8. If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?

It would be fun to go back to the day I was born…

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

Walk around naked. Go to a church, to the opera, to do the groceries… but naked! Haha.

10.  What do you want to be when you grow up?

A child!!

And here you can listen to Nico narrating the Selfish Giant in English.

Thanks Nico, it was a pleasure working with you and hopefully we will “hear” you in the next publication of our Oscar Wilde collection…