Christian Bautista said that he is more comfortable doing stage plays than teleseryes because he gets a momentary chance to escape from reality and widen his horizons as an artist.
“I always feel fulfilled when I’m onstage, and it’s also a form of escape, as well,” he said during a recent press conference for his upcoming stage play, Cinderella, that will begin on October 9 at the Newport Performing Arts Theatre in Resorts World Manila.
In the said play, Christian will portray Prince Christopher, the prince charming of Cinderella, with Karylle filling in the shoes of the favorite fairy tale character.
Currently, Christian is also seen in GMA-7's daytime teleserye, With A Smile, with Andrea Torres and Mikael Daez as co-stars.
Unlike musical plays, Christian confessed that he feels the pressure for their show to attain good ratings, given the cut-throat battle of TV shows today in terms of ratings.
“Kasi yung TV, like With A Smile, there’s pressure kasi. There’s the ratings every day, the audience baka hindi magustuhan, magbago yung storya, ano kailangan gawin.”
With things like these to consider on a daily basis as far as his showbiz career is concerned, Christian is more than happy to welcome a diversion, as in the case of a musical play such as Cinderella.
The Kapuso star’s last project in a musical was Rama Hari (2012), and before that, The West Side Story in 2008, both with Karylle.
“Hanap na lang tayo ng different nuances [for the roles we are playing], so pag meron kang parang security na ganon, like a bubble, sarap ding mag-escape minsan in real life.”
BEST OF BOTH WORLDS. Christian narrated that he recently bumped into a friend from ABS-CBN, which was Christian’s former home network before he transferred to GMA-7.
Christian happily informed his friend that he has finally landed a lead role in a teleserye and is able to offer his fans something new with his current projects.
“Yung fans natutuwa rin [na] finally [they] get to see [their] idol everyday as an artist.
“Yun ang gusto mo [as an artist]… how can I change or shake things up a little bit na mae-enjoy, na mas mae-excite ulit yung mga fans, mae-excite ka rin as an artist.
“Nakakatuwa kasi who gets to do this: I’m on TV one day and I’m on a musical the other?
“Thank God, I’m very glad that right now I’m doing these wonderful, wonderful jobs na I feel and I know that I belong here.
“So that’s the best part. I’m at the right place, at the right time for With A Smile, with Cinderella.”
Christian Bautista's With A Smile airs everyday 10:15 AM on GMA-7. He will star in Cinderella, which will be staged at Resorts World Manila starting October 9, 2013.