In celebration of his birthday last July 19, Diether Ocampomet with the press to talk about his current ABS-CBN show, Only You,where he acts opposite Angel Locsin and Sam Milby.
He describes his character, Jonathan, by saying, "Yung si Jonathan kasi ‘pagpinoportray ko siya, genuine yung puso niya. So, ang lagi ko lang iniisip, pagang concern mo sa tao genuine din, so yung mga tao na-a-appreciate nila yungmga ginagawa ko parang ganon yung sa role mo, e. So ang lagi ko lang iniisippag-genuine yung tao, genuine din."
If there's anything that is unacceptable to Diet, it would be to be branded asbeing "too showbiz" or being insincere with his words and actions.
"Minsan nga nakakainis sabihin pero hindi ako sang-ayon dito, kasi naiinis akosa mga kaibigan ko na hindi parte ng industriya natin, na sinasabing masyado kanaman kasing showbiz, e. Ano, sabi ko, ‘Bro hindi ganyan ‘yan. Yang showbiz,marangal na trabaho ‘yan.'
"Kasi pag sinabi mong showbiz parang negatibo agad ang [dating]. Bakit nga bamasyado nating minamaliit ang showbiz? So, ibig sabihin, you just have torespect the person. Wala kang ginagawang masama at nakakapag-contribute ka ngmaganda, di ba?"
Did he expect that he would a good working relationship with Angel in OnlyYou?
"Well, may mga apprehension kami nung umpisa dahil...parangsi Angel bagong batch ng generation ngayon ‘yan, e. Hindi contemporary yang mga‘yan. Pero ang maganda kasi sa ‘min may respeto kami sa isa't isa na nauna ka,o kahit bago ka, nauna ako sa yo, kailangan nating respetuhin yung bawattalento ng isa't isa. Yung ganong level ng respeto yun yung naging malakingingredient kung bakit nag-work talaga yung [show]. Grabe kami magsuportahandiyan.'"
He recalls a time when he would give constructive criticism to his co-star SamMilby when it comes to pronunciation.
"Like si Sam, minsan pag hirap mag-Tagalog siyempre, we have to correct him.[Sinasabi namin], ‘Sam, ganito yan no, no, this is the accent.' So ganon, pagako naman may kailangan sa kanya ganon din. So we complement each other."
ON HIS ABORTED TRANSFER. Last year, Diether was in the news forsupposedly wanting to transfer to rival station GMA-7. The actor recalled histhoughts during this tumultuous time for his career.
"Kasi, hindi ko inaasahan na darating ako sa punto ng buhay ko na ano ba yungsusunod kong gagawin? I want something exciting kasi parang you have done somany things parang gusto mo na ng ibang level na challenge. So, hindi konami-meet yung ano...minsan kasi may halong swerte ‘yan, e. So, you justpatiently wait darating naman. But in my case, parang sabi ko in this lifetimehindi na ko bata. Sabi ko sa isip ko, sino pa ba sa industriya ang hindi konakakatrabaho sa buhay ko. God knows when kung hanggang kailan ako dito.
"Sabi ko try nga natin. E, wala naman akong kontrata, so I took the liberty.I'm old enough, I can decide for myself. I can run my life. So sabi ko, maynegosyo kami sa America. I can go to the States or let's try my luck overhere."
Diet did not go into details about the supposed transfer but he felt that hemade the right decision by remaining a Kapamilya star.
"To cut the long story short, naging maganda naman yung kinahinatnan. Likeright now, you would see a lot of things have happened along the way. Hindi kona ikukwento yung detalye, but the bottomline is everything fell into place,talagang lahat! There's a purpose pala to stay here. Nobody made a big deal ofit kasi everyone accepted na meron ka sigurong big role na pwede pang gawindito.
"Kasi sa ‘kin that doesn't exist: failure and impossibilities, both of themdon't exist. Kaya kung pwede ita-try ko kasi sino ang susubok ibang tao parasayo? Ikaw! You have to do it yourself. It's the only way you can prove toeverybody na kaya mong gawin ‘to. Wala namang ibang gagawang iba nun kundiikaw."
It will be recalled that Diether entered showbiz as a memberof ABS-CBN's Star Magic. He eventually built his name as an actor, abusinessman, a public servant through KIDS (Kabataang Inyong Dapat Suportahan)Foundation and an advocate of animal's right for PETA (People for the EthicalTreatment of Animals).
For more than a decade, he has maintained his heartthrobimage and leading man status. He has already showed his talent as an actor withhis Star Cinema films namely Nasaan Ka Man in 2005 (with ClaudineBarretto, Jericho Rosales, Hilda Coronel and Gloria Diaz), Jologs in2003 (with John Prats and Vhong Navarro) and his biggest break in 1999 with theDiamond Star Maricel Soriano and Claudine Barretto in Soltera.
He also made a mark in his past teleseryes such as Iisa Pa Lamang and Maligno,among others.
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