“I fell in love with acting kasi,” he says. “But it doesn’t mean I’m neglecting my singing career. I will soon come up with a new album na alternative rock, kasi dati, balladeer ako, and I’m putting up my own rock band.”
He plays an off beat role in “2 Cool 2 B 4Gotten” as a lonely teenager growing up in the 90s in Angeles, Pampanga, who’s searching for his own sexual identity. He then meets in school two Fil-Am Brothers, played by PBB discovery Jameson Blake and balikbayan actor Ethan Salvador. The film is about friendship, coming of age and accepting your sexual preference, with a very dark edge. Didn’t he have any reluctance in playing his role?
“I did, I ask my parents, my handlers about it. But when I read the script pa lang, I like the material na. So I didn’t have to think hard about it. I can’t forever do naman just safe teenybopper roles. So this is a step towards doing more mature and serious roles and I’m glad I got nominated as best actor in Cinema One. It’s an honor. It made me realize that I really want to be recognized as a good actor kahit na playing the character is hard kasi I cannot disengage myself from it, so I have to do meditation and travel.”
The path he seems to be taking is really different since, unlike other young actors, he’s not connected with any permanent ka-love team. “I’m open to be part of a love team, kaya lang, mas puro solo roles ang natatanggap ko, so okay lang. The important thing is I love my craft and I want to keep on learning about doing a lot of other stuff kasi napakalawak ng industry."