As Gerald Anderson turns 21 on Sunday, March 7, he wants to get more serious in his showbiz career.
The former Pinoy Big Brother teen housemate admitted that when he joined the famous reality search, he didn't think of becoming a big celebrity.
"Noong pumasok ako sa PBB, hindi ko alam kung ano ang mangyayari sa akin. Hindi ko alam kung six weeks lang ba 'to, six months or six years," he related in an interview after the press conference of his Dermablend endorsement last Saturday, February 27, at Mario's Restaurant, Tomas Morato Avenue in Quezon City.
This Fil-Am actor had his first taste of show business when he was 14 years old. He was then living in General Santos City when Star Circle Quest alumnus Joross Gamboa saw his potential to become a celebrity.
In an article written in YES! magazine this month, Gerald related how he was offered to be part of the Fab Boys-a dance group that performed with Joross in his out-of-town shows, and then landed in Kuya's house for the first Pinoy Big Brother teen edition. (CLICK HERE to read related article)
TAKING IT SERIOUSLY. After his stint at Big Brother's house, Gerald immediately got acting offers for TV. Most of the shows he did were youth-oriented programs like Love Spell, Your Song and Gokada Go. He also had his first movie, First Day High, with another PBB housemate Kim Chiu in the same year they got out of Kuya's house.
His luck continued in the years that followed. People have noticed that as Gerald stays longer in the industry, his skill in acting continues to improve. This was very evident in his previous TV series, Tayong Dalawa (2009).
Gerald said he never took his job as an actor seriously at first. He remembered, "Noong una nga, sinabi ko doon sa ano na parang naglalaro lang ako. Kumbaga, I wasn't taking it seriously. 'Yon nga kapag may taping, 'Ah, may taping. Sige, punta ako.'"
Four years after PBB, the former backup dancer would realize that he has to take care of his image and be more serious about his work.
"Ngayon, siyempre iba na. Kapag may bagong show ako, tinatanong ko kung ano ang role, kung makaka-inspire ba ako ng ibang tao doon," he said.
The young Kapamilya actor said this realization came when his teleserye with Kim, My Girl (2008) received a good response from its audience.
"Parang lalo kaming sumikat ni Kim after ng My Girl," he recalled, "Iniisip ko, sayang, sobrang sayang. Kung nasaan ako ngayon, sobrang nakakapanghinayang kung hindi ako magpo-focus or hindi ko iga-grab ang opportunity."
He stressed, "At that point, I wanted to become an actor na, e. Hindi lang pa-cute, pa-cute. I wanted to become an actor at buti na lang Tayong Dalawa came along."
Aside from the primetime series Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo, Gerald is set to star in an ABS-CBN mini series.
Although he's not yet allowed to give details about his upcoming TV project, the young actor already hinted, "Actually, dito sa bagong show na sinasabi ko, marami kayong makikita doon na kakaiba. Kahit ako, nagulat ako na nagawa ko 'to. It's an offbeat role. Hindi siya 'yong mga ginagawa ko lately na mabait na sundalo. Ito, ibang-iba. Actually, hindi pa ako nakapanood ng ganito sa TV. Sobrang maganda. Basta, ang masasabi ko lang, sobrang kakaiba talaga."
ON PARTNERSHIP WITH KIM. Gerald never denied that part of the reasons for his success was his team up with Kim Chiu. Since PBB, these two young celebrities have gained a solid fan base, which helped them become the popular love team of this generation.
Without disregarding this fact, Gerald thinks that he can also do well in his career if he will be paired with other female celebrities.
"Well, siguro para sa amin ni Kim, acting-wise, puwede na," he started to explain. "Ang dami na naming nakuha sa isa't isa, ang dami ng tinuro sa amin, ang dami ng shows na kami ang magkasama. Sobra kaming kumportable sa isa't isa. Siyempre, gusto ko ring subukan sa ibang partner kung ganun pa rin ako, ganun pa rin ang maibibigay ko na emotions, acting. Siyempre, gusto rin ni Kim 'yon para sa growth namin."
If ever, does he already have a celebrity in mind with whom he likes to work with?
"Wow, sa sobrang dami!" he exclaimed. "Pero alam mo, kahit sino naman, e. Gusto ko sana, mas matagal na sa akin para mas may experience sa showbiz, sa acting para mas may matututunan ako sa kanya. Alam mo 'yon, para may maituturo siya sa akin kung sakali man."
However, Gerald was quick to clarify, "It's only my opinion. Kung ano po ang plans ng management, kung ano po ang plans nila, 'yon po ang susundan namin."
ON WINNING AN AWARD. Although his talent in acting is already showing up, Gerald says winning an acting award does not cross his mind yet. Doing his job right is still his main goal in every project he does.
"It's still not the right time," says the Anak TV Seal Most Admired Male TV Personality.
This new matinee idol thinks that for all he has done in industry, he still doesn't deserve critics' acclaim.
He related, "I wanna do a project or mga project na talagang doon ko mapapatunayan na I'm a legit bankable actor na. So, sa ngayon, sa tingin ko, maaga pa. Hindi naman 'yon ang goal ko. Sabi ko nga, gusto kong maging isang magaling na actor."
For his birthday, he wishes to have a longer career in showbiz. "Sana tuluy-tuloy. Siyempre, hindi natin alam. Pero, I think, 'yong pagiging masipag, pagiging matiyaga, hard-working, I think it will get me there," he ended.