"She's like a princess," Thou Reyes describes his I Love Betty La Fea co-star Ruffa Gutierrez. Thou plays the Eco Moda Manila gay boss Hugo Bosini in the show.

Photo: Noel B. Orsal

Isa sa agaw-pansin sa primetime teleserye ng ABS-CBN na I Love Betty La Fea ang dating Ang TV member na si Thou Reyes bilang Hugo Bosini, ang sinasabing "creative mind behind Eco Moda Manila." Madaling mapagkamalan si Thou na isang foreigner dahil sa kanyang kulay at kulot na buhok.

"Well, I'm very much a Filipino. My real name is Joseph Kolins Reyes," bungad ni Thou sa presscon ng mga artist ng Star Magic na kasali sa I Love Betty La Fea.

Palayaw niya ang "Thou" na ibinigay sa kanya ng kanyang pamilya dahil sa libu-libong piso na ibinayad pagkatapos mamalagi ng ilang araw sa Cardinal Santos Hospital sa San Juan ng kanyang ina sa pagsilang sa kanya noong 1984.

Thou is 24 years old now. Nagsimula siya sa Ang TV ng ABS-CBN,  pagkatapos ay naging regular sa cast ng Kaya ni Mister, Kaya ni Misis nina Cesar Montano at Maricel Soriano noong matapos ang Ang TV.

AFTER ANG TV. "Then, tinanong ako if I can have like home study or regular schooling. Sabi ko, I think I'll go for regular schooling. I mean, a batch of Ang TV kids were there. Ang dami naming pagpipilian doon. So, I'm the only black kid there. So, nag-regular schooling ako.

"Then, nung natapos ko yung college and I got my license as a nurse, accidentally nagkita kami ni Mr. M [Johnny Manahan, Star Magic boss] one evening. Sabi niya, ‘O, what are you doing now?' Sabi ko, ‘I just finished my college.' I finished my course at Philippine Rehabilitation Institute. But I came from UERM, most of my college years, I spent there. I was a PT [Physical Therapy] student, then I shifted to Nursing for like one and a half years. Sabi niya [Mr. M], ‘Try mo ulit. Pasa ka ng pictures.' Then, I did.

"Kasi sabi ko after Nursing, I wanna do three things in modeling, it's Cosmo, Bench and Mossimo. I did those except Bench. But I did Penshoppe which was held in Araneta rin, so, okey na. Sabi ko nung time na yun, okey na ako. Puwede na akong mag-work. Kasi I've been waiting for my [Nursing] license in California.

"Yun po ang gusto ko. Puwede ko po rito kunin sa Makati [lisensya] because na-approve na po ang Philippines na magpa-exam."

Pangarap daw talaga niya ang maging nurse.

"I'm a licensed nurse here in the Philippines. Then, kaka-approve lang sa akin ng California to take up my Nursing exam. But being matured, I'll go for my opportunities here. I think I should grab those opportunities.

"Gusto ko po talagang tumulong and in some way, makakatulong po kami to entertain people here in the Philippines. But when I think wala na akong natutulungan dito sa Philippines, I can work abroad."

Aware naman si Thou na kapag nag-abroad siya tuluyan na siyang mawawalan ng career dito sa Pilipinas.

"Opo, they're telling me na, ‘Naku, magpakasawa ka na muna diyan.' I want to get my license in California. ‘Pag nakuha ko yung license sa California, then I can go. I think I can work more here if there's more opportunities here, kasi wala na akong iisipin. That's why my last exam is my California license. After that, kahit saan ako itapon, mabubuhay na ako."

Pagkatapos mag-aral ng Nursing sa college, bumalik sa showbiz si Thou. Una siyang napanood muli sa dance show na U Can Dance, hosted by Derek Ramsay and Iya Villania.

"Ka-partner ko noon si Eva Rosero ng Whiplash. ‘Till wildcard kami. Nag-neck-to neck po ang laban namin ni Saicy [Aguila] noon. Pero yun po yung start ng pagbabalik ko and I think that's the first time I used my name Thou.