This 20-year-old athlete-turned-rising-actor and on-screen flame of this month's cover girl Yassi Pressman charms us with his easy sense of humor and boy-next-door good looks.
WE first got to know you as a promising second generation athlete. Why DID you pursue acting?
Even as a basketball player and student, I was doing commercials. I’ve always loved entertaining people and making them laugh. It was hard to let go of basketball at first because it's been such a big part of my life. It was like my therapy, my main thing. I miss playing with a team, feeling school spirit, and that rush you get from winning a game together. It’ll always be a part of me, but I felt like I had done what I could as a player.
What Roles Do you Enjoy the most?
I enjoy doing rom-coms and comedic roles—being silly and fun, being myself while also being in character. I’m glad romantic comedy is a genre that’s flourishing now, and I'm lucky to be an actor at a time when there’s a demand for it. Datikasi, it was all drama and action. I look forward to learning from the whole process so I can eventually explore being behind the camera.
What Do you Do for fun?
I still play basketball, and I like going out with friends. Yassi and I have become really
Cosmopolitan close. We have our friends in showbiz, and we’ve become friends with each other’s old friends as well. We all usually hang out at the bar she owns. When my bros from high school are free, we play ball and video games. Boys will always be boys!
ARE you single? What’s your style?
I’m single! I’m not actively looking, but if it happens, it happens. I think I have to change my ligaw style! I always mess up. Paranghindi effective eh. Most of the time I just end up being good friends with the girls I date. Maybe it’s also because I’m still young.