Wala nang pag-asa na magtambal sa teleserye sina Piolo Pascual at Judy Ann Santos.
“No, I won’t be doing teleseryes anymore!” matatas na bulalas ni Piolo nang mainterbyu ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) nitong Marso 18, Lunes ng hapon, sa AMA Building, Panay Avenue, Quezon City, matapos siyang pumirma ng kontrata bilang ambassador ng AMA University Online Education.
“I already said... that was my last, you know.”
Ang huling teleserye ni Piolo ay ang Since I Found You (2018) with Arci Muñoz.
Nagsalita nang tapos ang 42-anyos na aktor, “I’m old for that. I’m not old old but, you know, I’ve done more than a dozen soaps, I’ve been in the business for 20 years.
“It’s the same thing I’ve been doing the last 10 years. I want to be able do other things and diversify.
“I’ve become a producer and there are so many things that we can work on.
"And acting-wise, endorsement-wise, I still have my hands full.
“So, that’s something that... I don’t enjoy doing anymore. I don’t want to be stuck in a set.
“It’s hard. I mean, I don’t want to take it away from somebody else, but it’s not something that I wanna pursue for now anymore, yeah.”
Target ni Piolo na makatapos ng anim na pelikula ngayong 2019, kabilang ang isang pelikulang idinirek ni Brillante Mendoza tungkol sa pagdiriwang ng 100 taon ng Philippine Cinema.
“We’re just really excited because it’s a good project. We’re almost done. It should be out soon,” pakli ni Piolo.
May natapos na rin siyang bagong movie kay Lav Diaz.
“It’s done already but he’s asking for one more day. He needed me to grow my hair,” lahad ni Piolo kaugnay sa pagpapahaba niya ng buhok.
MOVIE WITH JUDY ANN
Gagawa pa kaya sila ng pelikula ni Juday?
“Juday and I will always be friends, no matter what happens, you know,” matamang saad ni Piolo.
“Pag nagkikita kami, parang... wala namang isyu talaga sa amin, e.
"It’s just a matter of time, I guess, when she’s free already to do the film.
“But, keeping my fingers crossed, I hope, bago kami tumanda, and that’s what I always say.
“And anytime she’s free, I’ll make myself free for her.”
Nakikipag-usap na si Piolo sa Star Cinema para sa isang bagong movie, pero hindi pa siya puwedeng magsalita tungkol dito.
“It’s a reunion film as well,” tanging nasabi ni Piolo bilang clue sa Star Cinema project.
Hindi si Juday ang ka-reunion niya roon.
Ayaw niyang sabihin kung sino dahil baka maudlot pa iyon.
BACK TO SCHOOL
Malapit-lapit nang mawala for 10 weeks sa bansa si Piolo.
Mag-aaral kasi siya ng eight-week course na Film Producing sa satellite campus ng New York Film Academy sa Florence, Italy.
Makakasama niya roon ang kaibigang si Direk Joyce Bernal.
“It’s been planned since last year,” napangiting sambit ni Piolo.
Aminado si Piolo na nalungkot siya dahil sa sinapit ng pelikulang Kuya Wes ni Ogie Alcasid, na co-producer ang Springs Films kung saan investor siya.
Paghalukipkip ni Piolo, “We’re a bit sad because, you know, we weren’t able to get a lot of cinemas.
"And since we’re transitioning, people don’t want to go to cinemas anymore, if you’re not Marvel, so...
“We’re looking at... studying other platforms which we have, you know.
"It’s just like when we came out with our first movie before, Kimmy Dora.
“We were transitioning from analog to digital, and from film to digital.
"So it’s hard nowadays, we’re transitioning from cinemas to phones, TV.
“So, mahirap, ahhh... but we’re not giving up, you know, as long as you know you have good content and you have a good material."
Patuloy ng Kapamilya actor, “And we just wanna be able to champion Philippine cinema and, you know, we’re celebrating 100 Years this year.
“And I don’t know what’s in store for me when it comes to Philippine cinema, but for me, that’s my contribution, you know, to be able to pay it forward and give opportunities for people who want to be able to create and have a platform for them to show what they have.”
Nag-scriptwriting workshop na dati si Piolo kay Ricky Lee, pero hindi na iyon na-pursue ni Piolo dahil sa kabisihan niya sa kanyang schedule.
May pangarap ba siyang magdirek ng pelikula?
“Wala po. Producing lang talaga,” napailing na tugon ni Piolo.
“Ahh, I don’t see myself becoming a director. I don’t think it’s on the horizon.
“I don’t find it appealing for me. I don’t have the knack for it.
"I’d rather be in front of the camera than be the one calling the shots.
“Producing, it’s different, because it’s business.
"But I don’t see myself having to, you know, compose my shots.
“I don’t like to be a director in that sense because it’s too much to handle, yeah.”
Masayang-masaya si Piolo na maging ambassador ng AMA University Online Education.
“I’ve been waiting for this. I’ve been praying for this,” aniya.
“If there’s anything I’d like to share about it is that I share the same advocacy with AMA, which is education.
“So, I’m just really happy with this partnership because that means I’ll be able to further my cause with the partnership I’m having with AMA, and that we’ll be able to inspire more people, especially Filipinos, to level up their skills, level up their education.
“I mean, you know, I will always tell my son, when he wanted to be in showbiz already, back in high school, I said, ‘At least give me a degree. Give me a diploma. Because I don’t want you being in the marketplace looking and feeling dumb. You have something between your ears.’
“I firmly believe that education is the key to be able to advance in life.”