Character actor Rez Cortez was busy taking pictures of his daughter, Cai Cortez, with her co-stars during the story conference of the upcoming afternoon TV series of ABS-CBN titled Pat is Tin.
The popular kontrabida actor admitted that he's the number one fan of his daughter. Cai is tapped to play Pat while TV host-actress Valerie Concepcion will portray Tin. In the series, the chubby girl will later have a life-changing situation following a vehicular accident. Through a twist in fate, Pat will exchange bodies with Tin—viewers will have to find out how they will get their original bodies in the series.
"I'm a stage father!" he enthusiastically told the media. "I'm excited for my daughter kasi alam kong gustong gusto niyang mag-artista. At alam kong she's trained for this. Dahil galing nga siya sa UP Theatre Arts. Alam kong ready siya sa laban dito sa television and film. At nandoon lang ako, nakasuporta. Siyempre yun ang role ko."
Rez related that among his four children, Cai and his youngest child were the ones who showed interest in joining showbiz. So, as a veteran in this business, Rez gave his daughter some important advice about her new job.
"I can only do so much," he said. "Pero siya dapat madiscover niya sa sarili niya kung ano yung, hindi lang yung sa acting but many things behind being an actress. Kasi may mga ano yan, e, mga emotional investments, meron kang dapat bantayan. And you have to be aware na dapat ma-delineate mo yung line between Cai Cortez the actress and Cai Cortez, the person. At dapat hindi siya mawala sa mundo. Hindi rin siya dapat maligaw, at ah, dapat grounded siya palagi. And alam ko kaya niya yan."
One things he's proud of about his daughter was her physical appearance. In fact, he said, "Papausuhin nga niya yung chubby, e. Kasi, kahit ako, ako mahilig ako sa chubby. Ang sexy sa 'kin yung chubby."
NEED TO GAIN WEIGHT. In a separate interview, PEP learned that Cai has to add more pounds to her 170-pound frame.
"Kasi hinahanap nila like 250 pounds," said Cai. "Kaya I have to work double time [para] magdagdag ng timbang. Originally nung nag-audition po ako 170. Feeling ko nadagdagan naman na po. And I'm gonna add more, I have to."
Unlike other plus size women, Cai is very proud of her figure. Then, when she was offered the role, Cai said that the show's theme has boosted her confidence to become an actress even more. She said, "Like ko po yung premise noong story, which is ipakita sa tao na hindi hadlang ang pagiging ganito. You can still be smart, beautiful, and talented at the same time. And yun po talaga ang kinatuwa ko sa istorya.
She added, "Kahit naman po before pa [i-offer ang Pat is Tin], tingin ko po talaga na kaya kong gawin what any normal sexy person could do. So having the show, it says a lot about having confidence and who you are, what you are no matter how you look like."
Aside from Pat is Tin, Cai has been part of the defunct teleserye I Love Betty La Fea. She will also appear in Judy Ann's teleserye with Derek Ramsay titled Habang May Buhay. She will be seen on the big screen as part of Bea Alonzo's upcoming movie with Sam Milby titled And I Love You So.
Catch Cai and her adventures with Valerie Concepcion's body
in Pat is Tin soon on ABS-CBN's