“Pwede ba best actress naman o kaya, best in long gown na star of the night?" he quips laughing. "Honestly, wala akong expectations. Nung gawin namin ang movie, ni wala akong inisip na mananalo ako ng award anywhere para rito. I just did my best in my role as Trisha, a transgender na hindi matanggap ng father niyang si Joel Torre at na-gang bang ng maraming lalake.”
More than winning awards, he prefers to achieve commercial success at the tills. “Ang mas gusto ko talaga, panoorin sana ng maraming mga tao ang movie at maging big box office hit para makabawi naman sina Direk Jun at Perci Intalan sa ginastos nila in producing this film. Kung mananalo man kami uli ng award, bonus na lang yun.”
He did four films this year, including “Lumayo Ka Nga sa Akin” with Cristine Reyes, “Bakit Lahat ng Gwapo, May Boyfriend” with Anne Curtis, and he did a guest role in “Enteng Kabisote 10”. “Pero siempre, sa lahat, pinaka-memorable itong ‘Die Beautiful’. I am so glad that Direk Jun Lana, who’s a very intelligent director, chose me to play the lead role in this movie. Actor’s director talaga siya dahil nanalo rin ng international acting awards sina Eugene Domingo, Eddie Garcia and LJ Reyes for the movies they made with him. He gives freedom to his actors para paglaruan ang role nila, but he helps us build up our roles. Masyado siyang metikuloso, pati sa ayos ng buhok mo, sa ilaw, sa anggulo, lahat binubusisi, but it all paid off.”
Also starring in “Die Beautiful” are Iza Calzado, Luis Alandy, Gladys Reyes, Christian Bables, Albie Casino, IC Mendoza and Inah de Belen as Paolo’s adopted daughter.