How Super Ma'am changed Matthias Rhoads's life

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Matthias Rhoads on being an artista: "I now have the power to do a lot of good."


Nakilala muna si Matthias bilang commercial model bago naging bahagi ng GMA series na Super Ma'am late last year.

Siya yung groom sa isang fast food commercial na naging viral noong February 2017.

Bago nito, nanirahan muna siya sa New York City. Nami-miss ba niya ang dati niyang buhay?

“Yes, but not so much,” ang sagot niya.

Hindi rin siya umuwi sa U.S. nitong nakaraang Pasko at Bagong Taon dahil ang mga magulang niya mula sa Texas, U.S.A. ang bumisita kay Matthias dito sa Pilipinas.

“They just left yesterday,” banggit pa ni Matthias nang makausap namin sa taping ng Super Ma’am nitong January 8, sa Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center.

Mahigit dalawang linggong namalagi ang mga magulang nyang sina Mark at Delia.

“It’s very nice, we went to Batangas, we went snorkeling. My dad loves snorkeling and scuba so me and my dad, we went looking at the fish and the corals sa Nasugbu, sa Pico de Loro.”

Ano ang reaksiyon ng parents niya na artista na ang kanilang nag-iisang anak?

“I think they welcome it. It’s not in our family, my dad’s a doctor, he does research. In his world, he’s well-known, but not, you know, famous.

“He’s a doctor who studies stomach diseases of the kids, children’s stomach disease.”

Nurse naman ang ina ni Matthias.

Gabi-gabi raw nanonood ng Super Ma’am ang mga magulang niya kahit nasa Amerika ang mga ito.

“She buys the GMA PinoyTV or something like that so they get it on satellite or something.”

LESSONS FROM SHOWBIZ. Ano ang masasabi niya sa experience niya sa Super Ma’am?

“It’s the most learning experience I’ve had. It’s the real showbiz, Philippines, you know, working hours are long.

"But you learn to adjust to it because you know in any working environment, there are things you must understand and...that’s the way it is.

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“So you learn how to sleep on the set or little sleep at home, sleep in the car.

“It’s not easy, especially adjusting…

"I’m a foreigner still, and still I’m learning Tagalog, but one thing’s for sure, I know more Tagalog than I ever have in my  life,” at tumawa si Matthias.

Ano ang pinakamagandang natutunan niya mula sa showbiz?

“Well, I’m doing what I love, I love to act!

"Because I’ve had many jobs before and, you know, that I despise. And then I found something that I love, and I know that if you…what I have learned in showbiz is, I had a dream, I had a vision of myself.

“Even when I was working in an office, I wanna be in acting...

“I’m not sure where it’s gonna be, but I put the right amount of work, and then I got results, and I think that's really what learning is.

“I had the aim to go to showbiz and, here I am now, it’s been less than one year, not trying to brag, just saying you know if you have the vision, work towards it, and you believe in yourself and support from others, it will come."

Mas naging mapasensiya rin daw siya.

“As a lesson from showbiz, I guess, patience. Patience is a virtue and the younger and younger generations like me and then the ones younger than me, we’re not very patient because everything is clickable, cell phones.

"And when they’re bored, they’re always on the phone, they’re really not experiencing the life.

"And I think that’s a lesson in patience."

Nakumpara rin niya ang kaibahan ng takbo ng buhay sa NYC at sa Manila.

“Especially as an American, coming from a place where everything is faster, and then here, everything’s slower, that’s something that I’m learning as well.

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“I think the best thing about being in showbiz is connecting with the children and people.

"Having somebody, you know, looking up to you, and realizing that there is a responsibility.

“I now have the power to do a lot of good, something my dad kept saying.”

Nakita raw ng ama niya na kapag naglalakad sila sa kalye ay may mga batang fans ng Super Ma’am ang nagsisigawan at lumalapit dahil nakikilala si Matthias bilang si Trevor Jones, ang leading man ni Minerva na character ni Marian Rivera sa naturang primetime series.  

Nagpapakuha pa raw ng litrato ang mga ito sa kanya.

“My dad is just beaming, he is so proud of me, and he said, ‘You have the power to share positivity,’” pagtatapos niya.


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