Birthday boy Joshua Garcia feels so blessed
'We did nothing but boodle fight. We ate like pigs, slept, repeat.'
T urning 21 last Oct. 7, Joshua Garcia looks back on everything he has achieved four years after his stint on reality television series “Pinoy Big Brother: All In” and says, “Wow.”
In an interview, the young actor said all he could ask for now is good health for himself and the people he loves.
“I hope to also be able to spend more time with my family,” he added. Any other birthday wish? “I don’t know. I mean it always changes. But for sure, I want to have our own house where my parents can live comfortably.”
We asked Joshua what was his most fervent wish ungranted before becoming a popular actor. He smiled and revealed it was owning a Game Boy, a portable device for playing interactive electronic games.
“It was really a big hit when I was a kid,” he pointed out with a laugh.
Joshua remembered he even got money from his grandmother on a sly for that – but bought the wrong item.
Asked what his rumored girlfriend Julia Barretto gave him for his most recent birthday, Joshua said it’s not an object but an experience.
“We did nothing but boodle fight. We ate like pigs, slept, repeat,” he said, laughing. It was his “the best one” so far. “For the past months we have been taping nonstop so I see to it that we block off my weekends for rest,” he shared.
Julia even posted a sweet video message on her social media account for his birthday. It read: “Happy birthday, my love. My heart is yours.” Joshua appreciated the gesture, of course. “Actually she’s the one who edited the clip and I told her that she really did a good job,” he said. “I love her. We love each other.”
Reel and real
Joshua and Julia are on the soap “Ngayon At Kailanman.” He is all praises for her. What are the similarities between Julia and the character she plays?
“They are both loving daughters, religious, have many friends. I think they have more similarities than differences,” said he, who uses her as inspiration when he needs to cry in scenes.
Since the show touches on the jewelry industry, we asked Joshua what kind of bling he would like to give Julia.
“Actually I’m not familiar about that and I don’t know which is beautiful and not so maybe I’ll ask my sister to accompany me when I buy it,” he said.
What kind of gem stone is Julia for him?
“A diamond. She’s my most precious.”
Aside from Julia, the birthday boy enjoys working with the more seasoned actors on the show. Doesn’t he feel intimidated? “At first, of course, we were adjusting to each other. But once we got used to it, everything went smoothly.”
Joshua promises viewers there’s more coming their way on the show so they better not touch that remote control.
Upcoming movies for Joshua? A lot are lined up but those will have to wait till next year.
“We’re all busy with this soap, and this is really our priority as this is our first television drama.”
We did nothing but boodle fight. We ate like pigs, slept, repeat.
JOSHUA GARCIA (Photo by Lester Ramos)