«With Romeva I share many things, but not the political ideas»


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Santi Millan he is a fearless person. And no, not only in the professional field. The actor, presenter and comedian has embarked, seven years after climbing the Matterhorn in Extreme challenge’ in full crisis of the 40, in a new great adventure next to Jesus Calleja. There is a very good harmony between them. “There are many people who plan when traveling, have a super tight schedule… I like to travel ‘let it flow'”, admits the guest.

After exploring the most remote places in Uganda together with Pablo Alboran (and scoring the best premiere of the last four editions in screen share, with more than 1.1M followers and 8.9% ‘share’), the globetrotter and master of ceremonies of ‘Alley Planet’ takes the presenter on a trip
‘Got Talent España’
to the African continent, this time, in search of the most remote ethnic groups in southern Ethiopia.

One of the most representative and exotic tribes in the world is the Mursi, recognizable by the lip plate worn by their women. Set in the stunning Mago National Park, the hospitality of its semi-nomadic inhabitants greets outsiders, whose wanderings discovering Africa’s second most populous country leave any viewer with even the slightest bit of an adventurous spirit in awe.”

Before arriving, yes, puncture with the car. “Typical African things. I have wanted to see this ethnic group for 10 years and we have not been able to until now due to the inaccessibility of the place, ”confesses an impatient Calleja.

But above all, like every expedition of ‘Alley Planet’, the trip invites to discover the most intimate side of the guest. In the middle of a journey between cultures, traditions and amazing landscapes, Santi Millan he uncovers unknown facets of his life and personality in front of his companion.

The most familiar Santi Millán

As if he is at a very funny evolutionary point: “the moment of abandoning the nest” of his two children. «When you are alone you have all your space; when you get together, there is a common space and another that you keep for your things; but when the children arrive, all that goes to shit, because they occupy practically all the space. So, you have to go looking for those common spaces that are lost, ”reflects the actor. And continues. «Since they are born, you have been at the service of the children, but there comes a time when they say ‘that’s it, I’m leaving’. Also, I think it has to be that way, because the role of a parent should be to make their children independent as soon as possible, just as it happens in nature.

In his view, the problem is that there are many people who idealize motherhood and fatherhood. “We want them to sell us motorcycles, we like them to sell us motorcycles, everything is going to be perfect.” Like the way in which Calleja has sold him the trip to Ethiopia. «Well, look, I left my vanity case in the hotel in Addis Ababa, we haven’t slept, the curtain rod fell on my head, there was no hot water this morning, my shoe burned… It’s not perfect , but the good thing is that it has to be that way, ”the actor reproaches him sarcastically.

Being honest, he also reveals his relationship with his wife, with whom he has “a good vibe at times”, although with a very good relationship, describing it as “friendship and family”. “We have been here for 20 years, we have been through serious crises, but I believe in that beautiful phrase that the crisis is an opportunity. Empathizing, putting yourself in the place of the other; you have to do the exercise of thinking that maybe the one who is wrong is you».

After becoming interested in the culture and traditions of the local people, the talk goes back to childhood. “I have always been a clown. From the age of 10 I already knew that I wanted to be an actor. I have not had anything clear in my life, but participating in a theater group at school was something that I liked. And above all, I am quite a dog type; dog, lazy As they told me that I was good at it, I thought it was better to dedicate yourself to something you are good at, so I went there, “he recalls.

to the presenter of ‘Alley Planet’ They have also told him that his companion worked in a slaughterhouse. “Yes, for a year and a bit. It was what he had access to at the time. I was 18 years old, I wanted to study dramatic art, but I had to pay for it privately, and in order to make it compatible I could only work at night. However, his family made it easy for him. “There was never any drama. They supported me from the beginning. They lived it with great enthusiasm ».

After the moment of confidence, the expedition moves to the Konso valley, a place whose women are considered to be the strongest on the African continent: they can carry up to 100 kilos on their backs. Another of the peculiarities of the villages is that they have a very sophisticated and unique farming system in Ethiopia that makes them self-sufficient. Between curiosity and expectation, the inhabitants of the place welcome them, although the children run away when they see them. Calleja deduces that because they are not used to seeing white people. «Well, if that child is not used to seeing white people, and the first thing he sees is you, he is going to get a trauma», Santi Millán hesitates, reflecting on the fact that «many times with Western eyes it is difficult to process all this ».

From theater to television

In these, they end up talking about the first job opportunities on the small screen. After being initiated in the theater, he calls Andreu Buenafuente to participate in TV3’s ‘late night’ ‘La cosa nostra’. To be placed on TV, they sold that they were friends of the military. Thanks to the Buenafuente program, they know him in ‘Journalists’. “But it was me entering and they plated the series, I did six chapters.”

Later, he took off with another mythical series. «’7 lives’ It left a very good taste in my mouth. I had a great time.” now to Santi Millan can be seen in ‘The village’. «Saving the differences, where we recorded the series has a lot of this. It is an abandoned town in deep Spain, and we are only and exclusively us. We slept in the houses where it is filmed».

Taking advantage of a getaway ‘trekking’ to the bottom of the El Sod crater, an impressive enclave through whose interior salt lake the Borana ethnic group dives to extract salt for their camels, Calleja inquires about the sports hobbies of his adventure partner, who defines himself as like a “bike freak”. In fact, he has participated in some of the most extreme races on the planet. Still, Millán does not believe in planning life, not even in leisure time. “The best formula for not failing is not having a plan, because there is a very high probability that it will fail and disappointment will follow.”

A philosophy that comes in handy when having to change the route due to the rains. Free hippopotamuses, apes, marabou and a colony of more than 10,000 pink flamingos that inhabit Lake Abijatta surprise Santi and Jesús on the last leg of the trip.

This is where the guest gets wet on controversial issues. Like his friendship with Raül Romeva, the former Cantalán minister of ERC imprisoned after the referendum on October 1, whom he visited in prison. «I posted it on social networks because the situation at that time was much more tense. With this I wanted to reflect how important it is to dialogue. No need to agree. With Raúl I share many things, but political ideas, no. I am not independent.”

Seeing someone close to him in prison, he acknowledges, is “shocking.” “What impressed me the most was his mental strength and the conviction that he is worth it, because he believes that what he is doing is the right thing to do.” In the case of the procés, the actor considers that there were many things that were done wrong. “And when what has been said so much has been said for the other, convincing people now that they should talk about it is hard.”

Continuing with the theme of freedoms, he values ​​the sentence of more than three and a half years in prison to the rapper Valtonyc. «I know the lyrics of his songs and his ‘tweets’. He has said very fat things that I do not share at all. But he is an artist, he is a provocateur. And the artist’s mission is to inconvenience the well-to-do and comfort those who are not. I understand that the literalness of the phrase is very harsh, but from there to putting him in prison, in my opinion, it is excessive.

Walking and exploring, they lead to a beautiful lake. Sitting down to rest, confinement comes to mind. “We were the generation of well-being. During confinement it was difficult for me to be aware of what was really happening. And I thought the world had stopped. I was afraid of the unknown.”

At this point, he shares his hardest experience with Calleja. «I have suffered the bug in the first person, my father died of covid-19 during the first wave, at that moment in which you know absolutely nothing about what is happening. I was also the only one who could stay with him in the hospital, because he was dependent.

It is an experience that made him wonder how wrong we are about death. «In our society, we live with our backs to death, trying not to be present. We live and believe that we are eternal; That is an error. People believe that living being aware of death makes you live life worse, and I think it’s the opposite: being aware that you are going to die helps you take advantage of every minute of life.

In the same way, humor is essential for the actor as a tool to move forward. “Things are as they are, but then you are as you take them.”

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