After his stint at the Pinoy Big Brother House, Sam Milby instantly became known as the Filipino-American cutie who sang and played the guitar.
Not only that, he could act. He showed this side of him in the primetime soaps and movies he starred in.
In an interview last October 9, PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) uncovered a side of Sam known only to those close to him.
Sam, an epitome of cool, is a thrill seeker.
Sam said he started riding motorbikes at an early age: “11 years old. Actually hindi naman 11, nagstart ako sa motorbike, 11. Pero yung motocross, nag-start talaga, 16.
“It runs in my family, e. My two half brothers, motocross din. My dad, nagmoto-cross siya dati.
“So parang, when I actually started it, medyo nagsi-skating na ko nung time na yun.
“But when I started riding bikes, I realized eto talaga ang passion ko—adrenaline sports.
“I like the feel of adrenaline, extreme sports, like skydiving, it’s something I’ve experienced.
“I like the feeling of, I could get hurt.”
And get hurt, he did. Sam even showed us some photos of his bloodied arm after a race.
But from the smile on his face, there was no telling just how painful it was for him.
He continued, “I don’t know, I like those adrenaline rushes. Like physical sports, even MMA or Muay Thai, I like that.
“I did wrestling in high school. I like those physical sports.
“Ayun, motocross is both: you get to jump high in the air. A lot of people die from it, it’s guaranteed you’re gonna get injured if you do the sport.
“But yung speed din, I’m a speed demon when it comes to driving and, wala, I like racing and the challenge, competitive ako, e.”
In fact, Sam has joined motocross races here and abroad: “Sa States, I did a few races.
“Tapos may nagnakaw ng bike ko. And that’s why I wasn’t able to continue.
“But dito, I’ve raced a few races and I won two years ago and, wala, I haven’t been able to do it lately.”
As a celebrity, Sam cannot take the risk of severe injuries so he basically joins beginner level competitions.
He said, “Normally, to be safe, I stay in the beginner. I think I joined also the intermediate, the next level up, I did both races, same day.
“Kasi when I race now, dahil nasa showbiz parang kung may mangyari sa kin—broken bone, broken whataver—di ba, it takes time to heal.
“And I try to do it more as a hobby. And to be more safe, I can’t take too much of a risk kasi ayun nga. Kung wala akong work sa showbiz, ‘di sige.”
But at the rate his career is going now, Sam is resigned to setting aside his passion for extreme sports, at least for the time being.
“Last time I did motocross, seven months ago. Because last time I rode, sumemplang ako at may nangyari sa wrist ko.
“Actually, last month pa lang it just healed. So it took six months to really heal.
“Ngayon, I’m doing two movies so hindi talaga pwede. I can’t let anything happen.
“If I have a day where I can, sana, just to practice. But right now, I really have to be careful.”