Newbie actor Ethan Salvador proved he's one to watch for in the entertainment scene with his surprising performance in 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten.
This indie film, directed by Petersen Vargas, was hailed as the Best Picture at the 2016 Cinema One Originals Film Festival.
Ethan was nominated as Best Supporting Actor along with co-star Jameson Blake, who eventually bagged the trophy.
Meanwhile, singer-actor Khalil Ramos topbilled the movie and was also nominated in the Best Actor category.
Ethan played the role of Magnus Snyder, a Fil-Am student trying to finish high school with the goal of meeting his father in the U.S.
In an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) at the November 17 gala premiere of their movie, the 19-year-old actor expressed excitement over seeing himself on the big screen for the first time.
The 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten actor said, "It's a great experience to see your self [on the big screen] for the first time. It's my first movie and Jameson's as well so I'm just shocked to actually see myself on the big screen talaga."
Being a newbie actor in the entertainment industry comes with a lot of challenges and Ethan feels lucky bagging an English-speaking role for his debut movie.
Ethan noted, "Mahirap pero sobrang masaya talaga. I mean, sobrang swerte ako kasi it was an English role. That's all I can really say."
He also feels lucky that he is able to relate to his character, which made it a lot easier for him to portray him onscreen.
"Me and my character Magnus has a lot in common as far as being really shy and timid and having a hard time making friends growing up. And then, searching for that best friend so, yun nga."
LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON. Currently, Ethan is signed up with Star Magic.
Before the film was shown, he was seen on TV as one of the Top 40 contestants of ABS-CBN's talent search Pinoy Boyband Superstar.
Ethan hopes to make his own mark in the local entertainment industry.
He explained, "I really want to make a name for a self as an actor, yun talaga. That's my passion talaga and it has always been nung bata pa ako."
Acting definitely runs in his blood—his father, Emil Sandoval, was a former Regal Baby in the '80s.
However, Ethan grew up estranged from his father. The Star Magic talent grew up in California with his mom. It was only last year when Ethan finally met his father.
The newbie actor recalled, "He was an artista, he was a Regal baby dati. We weren't really close because he left me when I was born and I just recently met him last year when I moved here.
"Growing up, I've always heard stories that he was an artista and even before I knew that, gusto ko na talaga mag-artista.
"Kaya nga, you know, sobrang nasasabik ako kasi knowing my dad is an actor, it's like in my blood daw."
The young talent noted that it was his father who first approached him to relocate to the Philippines and pursue his dream to become an actor in the country.
He told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), "When I was 16 years old, he approached me on Facebook and it wasn't really formal.
"Sabi niya, 'Nakita ko sa Facebook na gusto mo mag-artista, you should move here and come to the Philippines.'
"Pero at that time ayoko talaga kasi medyo hindi pa ako tiwala sa kanya.
"It took me a while and I said, 'Why not?' I want to meet my dad and that's how it started."
Following his dad's footsteps in the industry, Ethan said he doesn't feel any pressure about comparisons with his father.
He said, "Hindi masyado pero siyempre naman I really want to make him proud."
When asked if they see each other on a regular basis, Ethan answered, "When we're both not busy because he still has projects din.
"He has a role in FPJ's Ang Probinsyano. He's busy and I'm busy so minsan, pero mga three times a month."
"Just focus solely on what you're giving. Of course, he gave a lot of advice. I don't wanna give specifics."
Currently, Ethan wants to improve his Tagalog. He said, "Nag-aaral ako mag-Tagalog, araw-araw talaga. Gusto ko maging better, mas better talaga."