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Edward Barber’s mom, Catherine, says that when he was a young boy, she thought that he would become a priest. He always made the sign of the cross when they would pass a church or even a picture of a church on the highway signs. “Even his sister thought it was weird! But his grandfather thought that he would become an actor because he loved to copy Spongebob or Stitch!” Edward then corrects her, “It was more of Stitch, not so much Spongebob!” But his mom has the last word: “But admit it, you can do both!” She also reveals that he is very good at accents, and he obliges. In fact, he kept the whole set in stitches with his accents and impressions. The funniest act, of course, is when he imitates Maymay, hand gestures, strong Bisaya accent and all. He has such a natural gift for languages that when inside the Big Brother house, he told Maymay, “I think I know more Tagalog than you know English, so just talk to me in Tagalog and I’ll figure it out.” He had studied some Latin as his language elective in his school in Germany, so he says Tagalog is not that hard. He also used to come home to the Philippines for holidays and just paid more attention while doing his challenges.
Edward is a bit of a pessimist. “I never ever thought I would make it as long as I did. I was so sure that I would be the first to be eliminated.” He admits, “When we were doing the Bench billboard shoots, I was so sure that I would be edited and that they would only use the ones with Maymay.”
Edward was deemed “The Cheerful Charmer from Germany,” so it’s surprising that he should be such a worrier. Asked if his nickname reflects his true personality, he shrugs and says, “Actually, I prefer keeping quiet and observing people first. I’m really not that talkative.” He also clarifies that he is not German. “My dad is English, but he was able to find good work in Germany, that’s why we grew up there.”
Notwithstanding his gift for impressions, he never thought that he would enjoy acting as much as he does now. “We were in the middle of preparing his IB (International Baccalaureate) so that he could apply to university when the offer to join PBB came in,” Catherine explains. And in Edward’s words, “I can seriously say that I would not have a career if it weren’t for Lizquen. It was all because of Forevermore. I didn’t even really watch that much television, but when I saw Liza Soberano, that was it. I also started to watch Dolce Amore and when we found out that they were doing a show in Germany, we (with his mother and his sister) decided to check it out.” While the three of them were in line, they were scouted and asked if they wanted to register for the Big Brother auditions.