Wala pang masyadong maikuwento ang baguhang aktor na si Mikael Daez tungkol sa Amaya nang makausap siya ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) noong May 17.
Hindi pa kasi siya nakakapag-taping para sa epicserye na ito ng GMA-7 nang humarap siya, kasama ng co-stars niyang sina Marian Rivera at Sid Lucero, sa pocket presscon na ipinatawag ng Kapuso network para sa kanila.
"The thing is, I haven't started taping yet. Maybe I'll [go] in a week or two, I'll be shooting third or fourth week," banggit niya.
Pero base sa mga naunang still photos mula sa Amaya, halos lahat ng male cast members ay bahag lamang ang suot.
Si Mikael ba ay ganun din ang isusuot sa actual taping?
"You know what, I had my pictorial, I think two weeks ago, sabi ko, 'Shit, bahag! Bahag 'to, nararamdaman ko!'
"Lahat naman, so okay lang sa akin... Girls nga, topless, di ba?
"I'm gonna complain pa ba, e, babae nga topless?"
Pero nagulat siya nang hindi bahag ang ipinasuot sa kanya sa pictorial.
"It's Aladdin style. I was like, 'Nice one!'" kuwento ni Mikael.
Kung sakaling pagsuotin din siya ng bahag, okay lang ba sa kanya?
"Yeah," mabilis niyang sagot.
"If I'm gonna be in bahag, I'm gonna be topless, you know what, everything for the betterment of the film, of the show, there's no malice in it.
"Walang malice at all, it's epic, historical, it's very true to form...
"I mean, researchers did an amazing job, so that's up to them and I respect their work.
"We have the stylists, the wardrobe designers... They put their love [and], shed tears [to do] the work.
"I mean, it's right that we wear it with pride, and wear it because you know this will make the show really good.
"It's really team effort, so it's out of respect if you want to do well, try to be proud of your work and of other people."
Ang role na gagampanan ni Mikael sa Amaya ay bilang "protector" ni Marian who plays the title role. Si Mikael din ang magiging karibal ni Sid sa pag-ibig ni Marian.
"Parang I am always with her, ako yung nag-aalaga sa kanya.
"From what I understand, love triangle talaga.
"Both the guys, the audience are torn, like, 'Oh, my god, he's good!' Parang, 'Wait, he's good also!'
"So, yeah, I think that's how I understand my role.
"I mean, the script's coming by soon, so I'll get a better idea."
Excited na ba siyang mag-taping?
"I'm excited, I'm nervous, I'm pressured," sagot ni Mikael.
"But you know, that's only excitement... That's one of the feelings there, they made it very comfortable for me.
"I mean, I know I feel happy naman... So I'm excited, I really am."
AMAZING EXPERIENCE. Dalawang buwan pa lang sa showbiz si Mikael mula nang ipakilala siya bilang isa sa magiging leading men ni Marian sa Amaya.
Pero bago ito ay lumabas na siya sa comedy-horror series na Spooky Nights Presents Bampirella kasama rin si Marian.
Kasabay ng Amaya ay ginagawa rin ni Mikael ang first movie niya—ang remake ng Temptation Island.
Paano niya ide-describe ang experience niya sa showbiz so far?
"Great! Pagod, sobrang saya so far.
"It's been an amazing experience!
"From the environment, to the work itself, sa movie, very different, very...
"Ako, I started off sa commercials... One day, very hectic.
"Then I experienced Bampirella, that's a different experience also. TV show, di ba?
"And now a movie, like they shoot... sobrang mabusisi sila.
"I love the experience!"
Hindi ba siya nabigla sa bilis ng turnaround ng career niya from being a model ay isa na siyang aktor ngayon?
"Well, in terms of hectic, in terms of schedule, yes," sabi ni Mikael.
"Mas mahaba yung hours dito, pero it's not that I didn't experience it before.
"Parang it happens a lot more sa commercial shoots. Twenty-four hours din yun... 28 hours.
"Parang taping din siya, sometimes, actually, worse nga, e.
"Worse yung commercial kasi taping lang, consistent lang kasi.
"Every day, you know na you have to work this hard, for this long.
"So, before, like my commercial din, the next day, may fashion show.
"Pati yung fashion shows, dire-diretso the whole week.
"So, in terms of schedule, okay lang naman.
"At least now, mas expected mas mahaba yung work, so okay lang naman.
"I was able to cope. It wasn't a big adjustment."
HANDLING INTRIGUES. Bagamat bagito pa siyang maituturing sa larangan ng showbiz, nakararanas na rin ng intriga si Mikael.
So far, paano niya hinaharap ang mga intrigang dumarating sa kanya?
"Actually, from the very beginning, this has been my mindset—this is a job.
"My job, from a technical standpoint, is acting and to be the best actor that I can be.
"Whatever job I enter, I want to do it well. I give everything that I can.
"Talagang bigay na bigay, pigang-piga 'cause I want to make it.
"I want to be known as a person who does his job well and someone who works hard.
"Good work ethic, importante sa akin yun.
"So, for me, I try to think about this new career that I'm in.
"And it makes sense that if I want to improve and move forward, I have to be a better actor.
"The management, the audience, production, director, they judge me based on my acting. So that's what I should work on.
"So workshops, I take them seriously, and I talk to the actors.
"Sid [Lucero], award-winning... Amaya has phenomenal stars.
"I learn from them, I try to learn from them talaga.
"I really listen to the stories, nagtatanong talaga ako.
"I'm so glad kasi they help you out, they know you're new.
"So I'm so happy that they're super supportive."
Sabi pa ni Mikael, "So there, in that sense, I focus on acting lang.
"Intriga, it's basically a distraction, and it has a side effect on what I am doing.
"But it's not something I should [dwell on] kasi hindi naman yun yung magpapagaling...
"I mean, yung laki ng intriga ko, that doesn't decide if I'm gonna get the next job.
"So I have to take care of myself in terms of work.
"So, in terms of work, if I need the next job, I need money, I do this job, I need to work on my own.
"So those intrigues, I don't mind [them] talaga."
Hindi siya naaapektuhan?
"I take criticism from directors, management... those who matter talaga.
"Kasi at the end of the day, sila talaga... I mean, without them, I wouldn't be here.
"And without them, after this project I won't be there.
"So, it doesn't really matter. Intrigahin n'yo ako if hindi magaling acting ko."