In his dad’s foot­steps

Chuck Perez’s son joins show busi­ness

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - ENTERTAINM­ENT - By Bayani San Diego Jr.

SOLO KIG­GINS, 16 years young, is no or­di­nary teenager as­pir­ing to make a name in show biz.

Asked who would be his dream lead­ing lady, he as­serts, with­out missing a beat: “Eu­gene Domingo.”

He doesn’t even mind fig­ur­ing in a May-De­cem­ber ro­mance with the come­di­enne. “I watched ‘Ma­ma­razzi’ and ‘Kimmy Dora.’ I think she’s cool,” he says.

Hig­gins, son of for­mer ac­tor Chuck Perez, ad­mits feel­ing the pres­sure to prove him­self: “I want to sur­pass my fa­ther’s achieve­ments in show biz. I want to be known not just as Chuck Perez’s son.”

As a kid, he watched his dad’s old movies, like “Bag­wis,” “Eseng ng Tondo” (in which Perez ap­peared with Fer­nando Poe Jr.), “Mana-Mana, Tiba-Tiba,” and “Shake, Rat­tle & Roll V” (where Perez played a mon­ster).

Film de­but

“Coin­ci­den­tally,” Hig­gins says, he is mak­ing his film de­but in the 12th edi­tion of the “Shake” fran­chise, Re­gal’s en­try to this year’s Metro Manila Film Fes­ti­val.

He plays a young fish­er­man in the “Isla” episode, top-billed by Andi Ei­gen­mann and di­rected by Topel Lee.

Lee says the new­comer “is shy at first, but once the cam­era starts to roll, he knows how to act.”

His fa­ther, now based in San Jose, Cal­i­for­nia, was ini­tially am­biva­lent about his son’s de­ci­sion to be­come an ac­tor, too.

“But be­cause I promised to fin­ish school­ing, he even­tu­ally agreed. He’s very sup­port­ive,” Hig­gins says.

A high school se­nior, he is now tak­ing the home study pro­gram of a Pam­panga cam­pus. “We are given mod­ules and ev­ery three weeks, I go to school to sub­mit my as­sign­ments,” he ex­plains.

He is now be­ing man­aged by Star Magic. He is in the cast of the ABS-CBN soap opera re­make “Mara Clara: Noon at Ngayon,” along with Al­bie Casino, Yong Gopez, Phy­tos Tud­dao Kyr­i­akou and John Manalo. “I play the chick boy in the barkada,” he says.

Hig­gins is tak­ing his job se­ri­ously. “I learn a lot from our di­rec­tor Jerome Pobo­can, in terms of cam­era an­gles and de­liv­er­ing your lines prop­erly,” he says. “I also pick up point­ers from [co-star] John Manalo. Al­though he is young, he acts well.” “Mara Clara” pre­miered last Mon­day. He at­tended the lat­est Star Magic Ball, where he was part of the cotil­lion: “I wore a suit by Fred­er­ick Poli­car­pio. It was like prom night and I got starstruck when I saw Maja Sal­vador. She’s re­ally pretty.”

Like most boys his age, Hig­gins spends a lot of time on the com­puter—do­ing Face­book, play­ing Dota or Left for Dead, and watch­ing TV shows.

“I pre­fer to watch ‘ The Simp­sons,’ ‘Glee,’ ‘ Amer­ica’s Next Top Model,’ and ‘How I Met Your Mother’ on the com­puter,” he points out. “On TV, you can only watch one episode. But from the Net, you can down­load as many episodes as you want.”

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