"Sino ba namang ayaw na maging Dingdong Dantes? Kahit kalahati lang nun. Pero sa akin, gusto ko magkaroon ng sariling name... Gusto kong [ma-experience] yung pinaghirapan ni Dingdong," Carl Guevara talks about his idol. 

 

Photo: Noel B. Orsal

Although Carl Guevara transferred to GMA-7 early this year, his career doesn't appear to be stalling. He stars in two shows: the weekly comedy series JejeMom and the new early primetime series Bantatay.

PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) had a chance to talk with the 21-year-old model turned actor at the press conference of Bantatay last night, September 14, at GMA Network's Studio 5.

In Bantatay, Carl plays a kargador who works in a pet shop. Carl said he enjoys working with Raymart Santiago, the lead character and Charlie, a two-year-old Labrador.

After working with the friendly Lab, he has lost his fear of big dogs, Carl told PEP.

He explained, "Hindi pa ako nagte-taping, pero nag-plug shoot na kami kasama si Charlie.

"Nung nag-plug shoot kami, isang shoot lang kami kay Charlie. Talagang lumapit siya sa amin. Hindi namin ka-close si Charlie, pero ang galing niyang maglambing sa amin."

Carl said he has two dogs, a Shih Tzu and a Maltese, both small breeds. He has never owned a large dog before Charlie, so he was nervous at first.

"Sa first plug shoot namin, e kinakabahan na ako, kasi kailangan kong yakapin yung Labrador," he said. "Kasi sa istorya ng Bantatay, talagang pet lover ako.

"Simula nung nakatrabaho ko si Charlie sa plug shoot, nawala na yung takot ko sa [big dogs]. Lalapit siya sa akin, didilaan niya yung mukha ko. Masaya. Masarap."

ON LOVELIFE. Bantatay is Carl's fourth show with screen partner Jennica Garcia. They were together in Dear Friend: My Stalking Heart, Pilyang Kerubin, and Jejemom.

PEP asked Carl about the status of his relationship with Jennica, who is reportedly in a relationship with ABS-CBN young actor Alwyn Uytingco.

"Status namin, masaya," Carl said. "Kaibigan talaga kami. Pero si Jennica, mahal ko 'yan."

Carl, who's single, explained that he wants to focus on work.

"Sa akin kasi, inuuna ko yung trabaho. Sunod-sunod yung opportunities na dumarating sa akin, ayoko namang sayangin. So, gusto kong mag-focus sa trabaho. Pero, siyempre, di ba, kahit papaano, naa-attract din ako kay Jennica. Pumapasok din sa isip ko 'yon, pero trabaho muna," he said.

Is it hard to work in showbiz if you have a girlfriend?

"Depende sa pag-handle 'yon, e," he replied. "Medyo busy ako ngayon, baka hindi ko siya mabigyan ng oras.