As a child, Dennis Trillo was very naughty, "makulit" and "maloko."
"Marami akong kaibigan na naiinis din sa ’kin kasi pinagtitripan ko sila. Halimbawa, naglalaro kami ng water gun. Imbes na tubig yung laman nung lalagyan ko, lalagyan ko ng ihi o kaya toyo, hindi nila alam," narrated Dennis, during a presscon held last Monday, December 7, at the GMA-7 building.
And although the Metro Manila Film Festival Best Actor award-winner is already 28 years old, he admits that his "immature" side still remains with him.
"Pero hanggang ngayon parang feeling nandyan pa rin yung feeling na pagkabata sa ’kin. May pagka-immature pa rin naman ako minsan. At nae-enjoy ko pa rin naman maglaro ng iba’t ibang bagay," he said.
This is why the actor did not find it hard to portray his role in SRO Cinemaserye presents Exchange Gift. Directed by Mac Alejandre, and also starring child actor Francis Mangundayao, Exchange Gift is GMA-7’s newest offering for the Christmas season.
In Exchange Gift, Dennis plays Miguel, a workaholic who does not even reserve time for himself. One day, his best friend (played by Neil Ryan Sese) comes to his house asking for a favor. He leaves his son EJ (Francis Mangundayao) in Miguel’s care because he has to go abroad to work.
EJ’s father dies unexpectedly, and Miguel decides to take EJ to an orphanage, since they don’t get along well. But an unexpected gift from Santa Claus turns their world upside down. One morning, the two wake up in each other’s bodies. Miguel becomes EJ, EJ becomes Miguel.
Dennis said he enjoyed taping Exchange Gift not only because he got in touch with his inner child, but also because Direk Mac made things easy.
"Nae-enjoy ko siya kasi nae-enjoy ko rin katrabaho si Direk Mac kasi hindi ka maliligaw sa kanya kasi iga-guide ka niya sa buong eksena, sa role mo," he explained. "Bawat eksena tutukan niya. And, sisiguraduhin niyang hindi papabayaan ’yon. Aalagaan niya bawat scene, bawat shot. Kaya kahit pagod ka na, alam mo maganda yung ginawa mo."
His co-star was not hard to work with either. Dennis said Francis Mangundayao is a good actor.
"Oo magaling siya talaga. Nakatrabaho ko siya sa unang Darna [then starring Angel Locsin]," Dennis said.
SRO Cinemaserye presents Exchange Gift also stars Nadine Samonte, Ryza Cenon, and Gene Padilla. It will be shown on GMA-7 all Thursday nights of December.