Birth­day boy Joshua Gar­cia feels so blessed

Manila Bulletin - - Front Page - By STEPHANIE MARIE BERNARDINO

'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.”

Vet­er­ans

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)

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