“It feels good. Acting will always be part of my life. It’s a passion that I was blessed to be given an opportunity to make it my job. It’s just like going home, para kang umuuwi.”
Those were the words of comebacking actor Victor Neri when PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) caught up with him at the press conference of the Cinemalaya entry Separados last July 24, Thursday, at Lola’s Café & Bar in Quezon City.
Apart from Separados, Victor is also part of the current Kapamilya primetime teleserye Hawak Kamay, topbilled by Piolo Pascual.
It has been seven years since Victor starred in a regular soap opera, GMA-7’s Bakekang (2006), and his last movie was Filipinas in 2003.
Victor made a name for himself as an action start in the ‘90s until early 2000.
His primary career now for which he left showbiz seven years ago is in the restaurant business as chef.
PICKY. While the actor-turned-chef confirmed he is officially back in showbiz, he said that accepting a project will depend on the material.
He revealed that he had declined acting offers in the past years, explaining, “I’m always open to act as long as it’s interesting and [if] I haven’t done it [yet]… 'di ko pa nagagawa."
He elaborated, "[It also depends on] the cast, the director…
“I think when you reach a certain time in the industry, pag lumalampas ka na ng 15 years sa industriya, 'tapos nagawa mo na... action action, drama, comedy, kiddie show, all-out drama…
“You will reach a point na it’s all about the passion already.
“Parang sayang ang oras, especially now, I have another job. I became a chef.”
He added, “I’m going to be hired soon in a [new] restaurant.”
BALANCING ACT. However, having two careers might prove to be a challenge, especially when showbiz could be demanding when it comes to time.
“'Buti na lang yung soap [Hawak Kamay] na ginagawa ko ngayon, may mga bata.
"Under the Department of Labour and Employment, 8:00 p.m. tapos na ang mga bata [sa taping].
“So when the kids go home, umuuwi na rin ako. So madali lang.”
The former action star related that an actor usually has the toughest point of his showbiz career when he is being built up.
“When like you’re starting na artista tapos kaka-loveteam na bida n’yo lang, dun ang pinakakawawang part ng actor.
“Tatrabahuhin mo ‘yon kasi gumagawa ka ng pangalan, after that, pina-priority ka na.”
MORE OFFERS. As for Hawak Kamay, Victor is not yet sure as to how long his character will stay in the teleserye.
He said, “As of now, they are happy with the ratings, they are happy with my performance, so tuloy-tuloy.”
Does he have other acting offers? “Meron, madami,” he replied.
“I just got one more offer for an independent film,” he volunteered.
Victor continued that he is most likely to be doing more indie movies, “Because that one satisfies a lot of things as an artist for me. Content, quality… it’s always new.
“So kung yun lang ang gusto kong i-satisfy yung side na ‘yon, the artistic side, then I think I’ll be doing independent films for a long, long time.”