Ngayong nagtapos na ang hit primetime teleserye ng GMA-7 na Meant To Be, inamin ng Kapuso hunk na si Addy Raj na muntik na pala siyang bumalik sa India kung hindi dumating ang naturang teleserye.
Taga-India si Addy at nandito lang siya sa Pilipinas dahil sa isang scholarship grant na binigay sa kanya ng isang local university.
Habang nandito ay sinubukan niya ang maging isang male model at pasukin ang showbiz.
Kabilang na rito ay ang mag-audition siya para sa singing contest sa ABS-CBN hanggang sa makuha siya para gampanan ang role na Jai Patel sa Meant To Be ng GMA-7.
Sa kuwento ni Addy sa news program na 24 Oras noong nakaraang Biyernes, June 23, binigyan lang daw siya ng six months ng kanyang mga magulang para magkaroon ng career sa Pilipinas.
Lahad niya, “My dream is to be able to live in the Philippines and it's coming true.
“And I'm really thankful to GMA for giving me this project, because if it wasn't for this, I wouldn't know if I would still be in the Philippines.
“And, I would be honest, I never thought that I would get such a big break.
“But it did happen, and when I arrived in the Philippines, my parents told me that they're giving me six months to do something, establish a career.
“If that doesn't work out, they'll ask me to go back to India and make a career there.
“But then one or two months passed by, and Meant To Be happened already, and it was too fast, and everything just changed.
“I feel so so blessed.”
LIFE-CHANGING. Dahil daw sa Meant To Be, malaki raw ang nabago sa buhay niya, lalo na sa pagharap at pakikipag-communicate niya sa maraming tao.
“Meant To Be has completely changed my life.
“Everything has changed.
“When it comes to personal life, I hardly go out anymore.
“I don't even go out for grocery anymore.
“Before I can go anywhere I want. I live alone, right?
“It's hard living alone, and now it's even harder because I can't move freely. That's one.
“My Tagalog has improved a lot when I first started.
“I had absolutely no workshops, I had no acting experience... barely one month of Tagalog lessons.
“And everything I experienced in the past seven months, everything I did is so new, even doing an interview like this is so new to me.
“So, I think as a person I'm growing so much, and so fast.
“It opened me up to new things, I am so much more confident now—my Tagalog is better, my acting is better,” ngiti pa niya.
RENEWED CONFIDENCE. Pati raw ang mag-perform sa mga mall shows kasama sina Barbie Forteza, Ken Chan, Jak Roberto, at Ivan Dorschner ay kinakatakutan niya noon, pero nagkaroon daw siya ng kakaibang confidence ngayon.
“I would have never danced, but now I can.
“I used to sing before but never have I done it in front of so many people.
“I'm always the first one who goes out on stage out of the five of us. So, I was so nervous.
“Pero ngayon hindi na talaga, so a lot has changed.
“And I hope that my attitude has not changed.
“But one of the reasons why I believe that it has not changed is because since I'm a foreigner, I don't have family, relatives here. I barely have friends.
“So, I don't have anyone to show off to.
“So the fame barely affected me and my attitude, which I hope continues to be the same,” pag-amin pa ni Addy.