Newbie actor Lharby Policarpio admitted he intended to audition for the coveted leading man role in the Philippine adaptation of My Love From The Star.
The role of Matteo Do is set to be portrayed by GMA's latest discovery Gil Cuerva.
However, according to Lharby, he wasn't able to audition due to scheduling problems.
The newbie GMA talent was also taping for the afternoon teleserye Pinulot Ka Lang Sa Lupa starring Julie Anne San Jose, LJ Reyes, and Benjamin Alves.
He explained, "I didn’t get the chance to audition pero gusto ko. Kasi po may Pinulot ako, e. Magkakasabay."
Lharby spoke to PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other entertainment reporters during the February 16 set visit of Dear Uge, where he is part of the anniversary celebration.
The 23-year-old actor is aware that some fans were mentioning on social media that he can be a good choice to portray the lead character.
He recalled, "Ay meron, may mga request po.
"Nakakaflatter kasi siyempre it's a big production and siyempre, big show yun.
"Actually nilook forward ko rin siya na pag-auditionan noon, e. Hindi lang talaga ako nagkaroon ng chance."
In fact, Lharby is included in PEP's list of six actors who could be considered to portray the leading man of Jennylyn Mercado in My Love From The Star.
Also part of the list were Ken Chan, Richard Juan, Jake Ejercito, Ken Alfonso, and Gil, who won the role.
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Prior to becoming a GMA Artist Center talent, Lharby was part of Walang Tulugan with the Master Showman hosted by the late German "Kuya Germs" Moreno.
His batchmates were Ken Chan, Sanya Lopez, and Jak Roberto.
Does he feel any envy that his contemporaries are now taking part in lead roles in GMA's drama shows?
Lharby said, "Hindi naman po, para sa akin naman po, may kanya kanyang time yan, e. Naniniwala ako sa destiny and sariling path na binigay sa 'yo ni God kung saan ka niya dadalhin.
"The more of parang mas naging eager ako na gusto ko din, although may part na parang siyempre may mga roles sila na inaudition din, e.
"May part na sayang, dapat nag-audition din ako para at least na try ko. So parang ganun, hindi siya yung inggit."
WORKING WITH MARIAN RIVERA. In the said Dear Uge episode, Lharby had the chance to work with GMA's Primetime Queen Marian Rivera, whom he calls as his "lifetime crush."
This is why he is very much delighted to be a part of this episode that will air on February 26.
When asked to name his showbiz crush, the actor answered, "Katrabaho ko, e, kaya nga tuwang-tuwa ako, e!" pertaining to Marian.
He continued, "Siya talaga ang lifetime crush ko.
"Kasi, ako po yung tao na hindi ako mahilig sa artista. Dalawa lang yung magpapapicture ako, si Miss Regine [Velasquez] at saka si Miss Marian."
Lharby already had an encounter with Marian in 2014 during his Walang Tulugan days.
He recalled, "Nagkaroon kami ng chance ni Miss Marian na magkita dati wayback 2014, yun po yung first picture namin together.
"Wala pa ako nun, e. Wala pa akong regular show, as in bagets bagets pa lang kami nila Jak.
"Noong nakita ko siya, nagtatatalon yung dibdib ko sa tuwa! Tapos sabi ko sa sarili ko, di ko makakalimutan.
"Noong nakita ko siya, balang araw, magkakatrabaho din tayo, sabi ko non."
Then this Dear Uge episode happened. Was he able to tell Marian about this?
He answered, "Hindi. Nahihiya po kasi ako, e.
"Actually, dapat bibigyan ko siya ng gift na something. Nahiya kasi talaga ako. Mabait siya!"
Lharby also recalled that during his first meeting with Marian, he even asked his discoverer Rams David, who happens to be Marian's handler, if he could have a picture with the actress.
This was the time when Marian was hosting her self-titled dance show.
He pointed out, "Actually dati, yung 2014, hindi kami nagkaroon ng chance makapagusap.
"Pero small world kasi yung Walang Tulugan, yung studio 6, tapos ang Marian na show, sa kabila lang.
"Dahil si Kuya Germs, e, malapit kay Marian, pinag guest po siya.
"Noong pinalabas siya, naghiyawan yung buong studio. Noong nalaman ko na nandun si Nanay Rams, tinext ko, 'Nay, papicture naman.'
"So tatlo lang kami solo na nakapag papicture. Natuwa na ako dun although hindi naman kami nakapagusap."
According to him, he is just happy that he was able to work with Marian.
"Masaya ako ngayon kasi nakatrabaho ko siya tapos nagtatawanan pa kami.
"Sobrang natuwa nga ako kanina kasi nagtatawanan pa kami tapos binugbog niya ako pero joke na bugbog lang.
"Tapos noong nagcut na, 'Nasaktan ka ba?' 'Hindi po!"