Dennis Padilla is glad to have his second wind in showbiz.
For two years in a row, he has top-billed two movies, the most recent of which is the 2020 Metro Manila Film Fest entry Pakboys: Takusa.
Beaming, Dennis tells PEP Exclusives!, "So I consider this year and last year as second wind ng career ko, kung kailan ako nagkaedad."
Now 58 years old, and having starred in 60 movies, does he still have a wish list as an actor in terms of role or co-star?
He begins, "Lahat ng bida sa showbiz, naging daughter ko na. Kim Chiu became my daughter for Bride For Rent. Erich Gonzales became my daughter in I Do.
"Toni Gonzaga became my daughter in a movie and teleserye. Sarah Geronimo became my daughter in Breakup Playlist."
And since his daughter Julia Barretto is under the management of Viva Artists Agency, which also manages his career, the comedian hopes to have a better chance to make movies with her.
"Si Julia na lang ang superstar na hindi ko nagiging anak sa pelikula—yung tunay kong anak."
The two recently had a chance meeting in Scout Madriñan, Quezon City, where he had a VTR shoot for his Metro Manila Film Festival 2020 entry, Pakboys: Takusa.
In front of Dennis' shoot location was a house, where Julia was filming her movie with Marco Gumabao.
"I was happy to see her kasi the last time I saw her was a year ago," said Dennis.
He wanted to hug his eldest child with Marjorie Barretto.
Dennis continued, "Well, the first thing she said nung yayakap na ako, "Ops, you cannot hug me, it's COVID.'
"Sabi ko, 'Don't worry, I just finished my swab test an hour ago.'"
He also took a photo with Julia.
"So, sabi ko, 'Julia, picture naman tayo.' So, nag-picture kami.
"Tamang-tama may bago akong smartphone, kasi I've been using my old Nokia for one century already."
Julia had been a talent of ABS-CBN's talent management arm Star Magic since she was nine years old. But the 21-year-old actress transferred to Viva in September 2020.
Dennis happily notes, "Tignan mo, tinutugma talaga ng panahon. Viva is now handling the career of Julia. She signed a five-year contract with them. Maybe it's destined to happen."