StarStruck graduate Mark Herras wants his latest dance album, The Greatest Moves, to be different from his past releases.

Photo: Noel Orsal

Five years after he penetrated local showbiz through the interactive reality talent show StarStruck, Mark Herras feels it's time for him to overhaul his image from that of a young star to a mature actor-performer.

Mark's latest dance record, The Greatest Moves, released under Universal Records aims to showcase that change. The 22-year-old actor-dancer himself personally relayed his wish to the recording company to market his latest effort differently, compared to the past two albums.

"Sabi ko puwede ba this time more matured 'yong ipakita natin sa kanila kasi hindi na rin naman ako bata," Mark told PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) at the launching of his latest dance record held yesterday, November 24, at Toyz Café, Crowne Plaza Hotel.

Distancing himself from the old image he cultivated from the beginning did not happen overnight. Even before, critics and showbiz insiders have openly advised Mark to shape up for him to keep in step with some of his contemporaries.

Mark confessed lending a deaf ear to those suggestions until he finally realized the need to hit the gym not just to boost his self-confidence but also his career.

"Sa wakas naisipan ko na ding i-develop 'yong pangangatawan ko kasi five years na rin po ako in showbiz and 'yong apat na taon na 'yon lagi akong tinatanong, 'Kailan ka ba magwu-work out?' and lagi ko pong iniisip dati na hindi ko pa naman kailangan."

HOPING FOR THE BEST. Credited for helping usher a dance album trend here in our country, Mark's previous albums, Dance Hits and Dance Party, were reportedly platinum sellers. Even Mark said he was surprised with the success of his past albums, considering that a dance album is still widely regarded unconventional in the recording business.

"I'm hoping na siyempre maging maganda pa rin yong maging takbo o maging kalabasan nitong third album," said Mark optimistically. "Siyempre may konting takot na baka this time hindi na gumana 'tong dance album. Ako naman mismo sasabihin ko sa mga tao na hindi dahil dance album ko 'to kaya kailangan ninyong bilhin pero talagang mapapasayaw talaga kayo."

Asked how he updates himself on the latest dance moves, Mark, who idolizes Pinoy international pride Billy Crawford, replied: "Parang kusa lang lumalabas. Siguro kasi into dancing lang talaga ko and hilig ko lang talaga. Well 'pag may mga choreography, siyempre, magre-rehearse ka pero 'pag sinabing freestyle na sariling gawa parang lumalabas ng kusa yong mga moves."

And while he takes pride in being called the Bad Boy of the Dance Floor, Mark blithely insisted that he only personifies the title in front of the camera.

"Good boy po ako," the Ikaw Sana lead star smiled mischievously.