She has been a TV presenter since she was 19. Recordings, meetings, interviews… she’s in a hurry and can't find her diary. Yet she never stops smiling.
"In Facebook there’s a group “If a 100,000 of us get together, Nerea Alias will strip off.” Do you know it?
Yes, I do. But I didn’t do it and nor did my friends. And I’m going to take this opportunity to say that it's not true. When I saw things like that in the early years, I used to go through a terrible time. But now I find it amusing. And if it works out OK for the person who did it, then good for him or her!
What appears on TV is a pretty face speaking with a kid’s voice. What else is there to Nerea?
The Nerea Alias on TV is a character, and the Nerea Alias at home is someone else. And the TV one is a professional who loves her work more than anything. After working on TV for seven years, I still have lots to learn, but loads of people tell me I’m the image of naturalness and freshness. I still wouldn’t be able to define myself.
You landed in TV without trying, but then you stayed on! It doesn’t look easy!
I started unexpectedly, and I had no clear idea at all what my future would be. But it’s true that it was a job that I tried and found I liked it. So I hope it will last for a long time. Another seven years!
You do programmes designed to educate and entertain, don’t you?
I’m so lucky not to do sad programmes. As we work with young people in Sut&Blai, we see their world and point out opportunities to them, not only as far as the present is concerned, but the future, too, when it comes to education and a job.
But you gave up studying a long time ago, didn't you?
But, I've started again. When I started in TV it was my worst period. I had given up studying and was working in a bar. Afterwards, I couldn’t go back to it because of work, so I abandoned it. Now I’m preparing for the university entrance exam. The exam is in May.
To do what?
First I did some practical training, and now studies. But I’m not sure whether to continue down the same road, whether to do journalism or media communication or the exact opposite; the fact is, in real life you have to have a Plan B.
Recently you’ve been attaching particular importance to science subjects, haven’t you? Do you feel comfortable with them?
At first, I was a bit afraid because I’m an arts person through and through. And another thing was that I might not have the capacity to understand complex things. And the exact opposite has happened to me. When I go to record a story, we have mostly professionals and students, and they are so professional and they explain things so clearly that I find everything very easy to understand. And I reckon that if I can understand it, then those at home can as well!
We journalists always ask you the same questions, don’t we? What have we never asked you about?
Don’t be too hard on me, please! Ha ha! I have to admit that you have been quite original ever since I said that. I said that about two years ago; because even though I had been working for 4-5 years I was still being asked how I started… and in the end, bloody hell, I got fed up always having to talk about the same things. And there is nothing I have never been asked. And I’ve never said I won’t answer that. Just think, after answering your first question I’m prepared to answer anything!