You may have seen Jak Roberto in some TV shows, a couple of indie movies, and you may have also spotted his photo in a recent issue of a glossy women's magazine.
A showbiz newbie, Jak dreams of becoming a serious actor someday. As a matter of fact, he looks up to Dennis Trillo, Jennylyn Mercado, and Coco Martin, who have been reputed for having given performances that have earned the nods of critics and viewers alike.
IDOLS. The 20-year-old Kapuso talent wants to follow in the footsteps of Coco.
“Gusto ko po yung narating ni Coco Martin. Kung nasaan siya ngayon, ganun ang gusto kong marating ng career path ko,” Jak told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) at the GMA Artist Center Wall Climbing Challenge held at the Power Up: ROX Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
“Gusto ko maging versatile actor na lahat ng genre puwede akong gumanap, pero pinaka-priority ko po ang drama.”
He added, interestingly, “Yung buhay natin parang drama, gusto ko i-justify ang buhay ng tao.”
Asked about his favorite film, it didn’t take him long to come up with his answer.
“127 Hours ni James Franco. Sobrang naramdaman ko yung character. Paano niya nagawa ang acting na 'yon… I wanna be like that someday… very committed sa character.”
The movie is based on the true-to-life experience of canyoneer Aron Ralston, who had to cut off his arm as his only way out of a narrow crevice during one of his solitary adventures in Blue John Canyon, southeastern Utah.
Among the actresses today, Jak would like to work with Jennylyn Mercado.
“Sobrang napakagaling niyang aktres. Sa Rhodora X, 'di ko in-expect na kaya pa niyang gawin ‘yon,” he said about Jennylyn’s performance in her previous teleserye, where she played a multi-layered character.
Jak continued, “Sana maging partner ko rin siya someday para mas ma-challenge ako. Kasi kapag magaling yung co-actor mo, nahihiya ka na baka mamaya ikaw ang maging reason kung bakit hindi naging maganda yung [project], so lalo mong ipu-push ang sarili mo to do better.”
In the meantime, among the male Kapuso actors, Jak is all praises for Dennis Trillo for his gay role in GMA's trend-setting primetime teleserye My Husband’s Lover.
“Grabe! Kaya niyang ganapin ang gano’ng character. I want to be like that… unexpected roles ng mga artista na nagagawa nila, yun ang reason para bumilib ako,” he exclaims.
INDIE EXPERIENCE. He related that for the time being, he tries to watch as many movies as he can and studies the performances of the actors to learn how to become a better actor himself.
While he has yet to be given a big break, Jak is making the most out of the exposures coming his way.
Apart from gracing the pages of magazines, such as the September 2014 issue of Cosmo Men, Jak is a semi-regular in the GMA show Pepito Manaloto, and has also recently appeared in an episode of Maynila.
He also made guest appearances in previous shows of GMA, like With A Smile and Cielo de Angelina.
Jak also played the lead role in an independent film titled Pot-Pot, which tackles bullying.
“Advocacy film siya na iniikot sa mga schools… anti-bullying film,” he related.
More recently, the aspiring actor has been part of a Cinemalaya entry, Asintado, which starred Aiko Melendez, Jake Vargas, Rochelle Pangilinan, and Gabby Eigenmann.
“Ako po yung support kay Jake, anak ako ng dating kapitan na may kaya sa buhay, tumutulong sa character ni Jake sa napasukan niyang problema, which is drugs,” he explained.
Of his indie movie stints, he says, “Masaya po na nakaka-challenge, na nakakakaba.
“At the same time, hindi mo alam kung ano ang magiging reaksyon ng tao: papatok ba ‘to o kung paano ia-approach ng mga tao.”
Jak started by being one of the younger co-hosts in Walang Tulugan With the Master Showman before he was given acting projects.
Later on, he signed a contract with GMA Artist Center.
He graduated from Philippine Women’s University in Sta. Cruz, Laguna, where he finished Hotel and Restaurant Management.