It's been four years since we last saw Gerald Anderson inside the Pinoy Big Brother house. Who would have thought that his exposure on the show would catapult his career to super stardom? Now at 21 years old, Gerald has successfully transformed himself from teenage heartthrob to one of the country's most bankable leading men.
"Ang iniisip ko kasi sinasabi ng iba, puro teenybopper [ginagawa ko] pero ang tanda ko na para maging ganun. Sabi ko sa sarili ko hindi na 'ata bagay. So ang mga role na ginawa ko starting sa Tayong Dalawa, mature na, kaya sinabay ko na mag-workout," shares Gerald, who started to put some muscle to his gangly physique last year.
His Men's Health debut on the magazine's 5th anniversary issue comes at a perfect time. Gerald is at the prime of his career and he's in the best shape he's ever been. For his Men's Health shoot, Gerald bravely hung on rails high above the ground and hopped on walls without a harness.
Surprisingly, unlike other showbiz hunks, Gerald reveals that he dreads going to the gym, "Going to the gym, hindi talaga ako nag-e-enjoy at all, kahit konti."
Whenever he feels lazy to work out, he thinks of his goals. "Merong mga araw na tatamarin ka, na ayaw mo bumangon. Yung gusto mo lang magpahinga pero kailangan mo mag-gym, ang hirap nun. Iniisip ko na lang na kailangan."
Now the young actor's hard work has paid off and it seems everything is going very well, how does he handle the pressure that comes with the job?
"It helps. I keep it in mind para mas masipag ako sa gagawin ko. Mas focused, mas seryoso," he says. "Kung walang pressure sa gagawin mo, parang wala lang din ang maibibigay mo. Kung malaking pressure sa 'yo, gagawin mo lahat para maghanda sa performance mo."
Find out more about how Gerald Anderson keeps fit in the May issue of Men's Health-Philippines, now available in newsstands, bookstores and supermarkets nationwide. For more fitness tips online, visit www.menshealth.com.ph.