William Levy

William Levy (Courtesy / August 2, 2013)

William Levy is back.

The hunky Cuban heartthrob who found crossover success while competing in last year's "Dancing with the Stars" on ABC returns to his Spanish-soap opera roots this summer.

The Southwest Ranches homeowner and father of two is the lead in Univision's "La Tempestad,'' which debuted July 29 and follows the adventures of a fishing boat captain who falls in love with a young woman played by former Miss Universe Ximena Navarrete.

We recently caught up with Levy during a quick break to answer some questions about his new project which is being filmed in Mexico.


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Q: Tell us about your character, Damian Fabre?

A: Captain Fabre is a tough and sexy sea captain, owner of the fishing ship, La Tempestad (The Tempest). When the beautiful Marina Reverte (Navarrete) arrives in town to head up the successful fishery he works for, a tempestuous relationship develops between them.

Q: Do you own a boat?

A: I do not own a boat, but I love boats and being out in the open sea. It's just the best feeling.

Q: On the show, your hair is blonder and longer. Is that your real hair or extensions?

A: It's actually a wig, but it takes almost an hour to put on every day and another one for the tattoos. I think it gives him personality.

Q: You are known for playing the Latin lover, are there other types of roles you would like to do?

A: I follow good material and if it leads me this way or that way I'm happy. I would love to do an action film.

Q: Do you prefer roles in English or Spanish, or does it matter?

A: Again, I follow good material in either English or Spanish.

Q: How did "Dancing with the Stars" affect your career?

A: "DWTS" opened me up to American audiences.

Q: How often do you visit South Florida?

A: I'm working so much at this time that I don't have much free time, but I hope to soon. I love Florida.

Q: What are some of the things you enjoy doing here with your family?

A: I love watching movies at home with my two kids. They run around and I enjoy watching them have fun.

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On TV

What: "La Tempestad" ("The Tempest")

Airs: Weekdays, 9 p.m. on Univision, Ch. 23 in Fort Lauderdale/Miami and Ch. 38 in the West Palm Beach TV market. The program is in Spanish, but English-speaking viewers can watch it with English closed captioning.