Xian Lim waited patiently until the role that would "change everything" landed on his lap. Before playing the attractive Andy Wu in ABS-CBN's primetime soap My Binondo Girl, he was just another charming face in the industry.
After the teleserye debuted in August 2011, Xian's character who was among the three leading men in the soap, unexpectedly captivated hearts, making girls swoon over his teamup with the darling Kim Chiu who played Jade, the Binondo girl.
Perhaps it was because he was paired with fast-rising actress Kim Chiu or maybe it was because Andy Wu's character is like Xian in real life—sleek, neat as a pin, organized.
Whatever—it got him the attention he deserved.
"Ever since nag-start ako, from workshop pa lang, e, alam ko na na I'm willing to wait kasi nag-e-enjoy ako sa lahat ng ginagawa ko."
The 22-year-old actor is grateful to those who paved the way for him.
"With Star Magic especially, 'pag nagbibigay sila ng workshop, with the shows na binibigay nila sa akin, enjoy siya, e. Because it's something different all the time.
"So, maski mapa-five years, mapa-ten years pa... I'm willing to wait.
"I'm enjoying naman, e. I love what I'm doing."
SNIDE REMARKS. Xian also gets his share of negative comments. Some critics say his attachment to Kim Chiu is the reason for his newfound fame.
Xian accepts the remarks and says, "It's normal.
"Hindi naman po ako nao-offend sa mga ganung bagay.
"Actually, nagpapasalamat din naman ako sa lahat ng supporters namin kasi since [My] Binondo Girl, everything changed. Marami pong nagbago...
"Laking pasasalamat ko rin [sa]— they call themselves, yung mga supporters po namin, 'KimXi'— na talagang todo support sila.
"We're really happy that.... we're inspiring people, we're making them happy.
"Nakaka-relate sila and yun, thankful ako sa team-up naming dalawa ni Kim."
If anything, Xian is quick to admit that My Binondo Girl "played a huge part" in boosting his career. With eight endorsements under his belt, including a popular fast-food chain, a telecommunications company, and a hip urban clothesline, Xian is on his way to becoming showbiz's new "It Boy."
Xian not only credits his success to the other half of his love team, he acknowledges everyone's help as well.
"Yung tulong... actually [ng] lahat. Everything.
"Lahat ng nangyari played a part: tulong ng director, tulong ng buong cast, tulong ng teamup namin ni Kim.
"Maraming napasaya na tao, maraming nakaka-relate, maraming ... natuwa."
He adds, "Meron ngang [fan]... sabi niya, 'Alam mo, sobrang stressful sa work. Pero 'pag napapanood namin kayo, parang nawawala lahat.'
"So yun lang, yun lang enough na, e. Yun lang enough na sa akin marinig."
"IT BOY." When one hears Xian singing in a television commercial—"I'm walking on sunshine, oh woah"—with soda float in hand, or sees his winsome face and gorgeous bod on a billboard along EDSA, one cannot deny that he could be the next "It Boy."
Hearing comments like this, Xian does not try to hide his elation.
"Ang tagal ko na ring gustong marinig yan... Sobrang tagal ko nang gustong marinig yan.
"Ever since I got sa industry na ito, I've always wanted to ... prove something and now, finally, nangyayari yun.
"At sana, tuloy-tuloy. I'm really thankful sa lahat ng endorsements, sa lahat ... sa trust na binigay nila sa akin. Siyempre, sa Diyos din, ang laking pasasalamat."
As the Bible says, "A man reaps what he sows."
"The blessings are here," says Xian.
"Alam ko naman na dumadating talaga yung blessing and I'm thankful. Thankful na mabilis, mabilis ang pacing.
"Pinagpe-pray ko lang... sana patuloy ko pang mapasaya ang tao at ma-sustain [ito.]"