When he started his showbiz career in Ang TV, a defunct youth-oriented sitcom in ABS-CBN, viewers saw that Paolo Contis had the ability to make them laugh. People saw more of his comedic talent in thedefunct sitcom Oki Doki Doc.
As Paolo gained more screen exposure, the audience saw a promising actor whocan play different roles in television dramas and movies. But no one expected him to host a show of his own,like other actors in the industry.
GMA Network gave Paolo this opportunity through itsnew program called Bilib Ka Ba Nights.In this programming block, the young actor would be hostingthe Tuesday program called World Records. This marks Paolo's first hosting job.
In the press conference for the new Bilib Ka Ba Nights programs heldyesterday, August 12, at Mandarin Oriental Suites in Gateway Mall, Quezon City,Paolo said that he realized that hosting is not an easy job.
"It's very different," he began. "Kasi nga,maiintindihan ko kung bibigyan ako ng sitcom, e, kasali ako sa isangsitcom. Pero biglang host, sabi ko,‘Bakit ako pinagho-host?' 'Tapos, kahitmedyo nakakatawa 'yong pagkaka-host, iba pa rin talaga siya."
He also added, "Ang sabi naman sa akin, madali lang, [pero]hindi, mahirap sa hosting pero napagod ako noong first taping day ko. Ibang-iba siya. Iba ang makipag-usap sa camera na alam mo dapat ang sinasabi mo,trying to entertain your audience. So,sana naman magawa ko siya nang mabuti."
The 24-year-old actor further explained the difference between proram hosting and acting in television shows and movies. "Iba,nakakapagod. Tawa ka nang tawa, ano ka,pasigaw. Iba 'yong hosting, 'no? 'Tapos isa pa sa mga pinu-project ko dun iskapag may mga nangyayari, gusto ko may ibang adlib talaga na para sa akin,comment ko talaga 'yon. Marami, maramiakong pinaggagagawa na nakakapagod."
Nevertheless, Paolo is very grateful that his mothernetwork gave him the opportunity.
"Happy ako dahil sa akin ipinagkatiwala ng GMA-7 ang show na 'yon, di ba?" he said. "Sana hindi konaman sila ma-disappoint. I'm doing mybest. I'm doing my best parama-entertain ko 'yong mga tao sa pagho-host."
ON GAY AND SEXY ROLES. Aside from hosting, Paolo is also flexible in portrayingdifferent characters in TV shows. Recently, he played the role of a closet gay in love with another guy (Mark Herras) in an episode of Dear Friend.
Paolo is happy hearing good feedback for his portrayalin Dear Friend. "Habang pinapalabas 'yon, tuwang-tuwa silang lahat," said Paolo.
He said that he suggested making the story of their episodein Dear Friend lighter. "When I got the script, serious ang drama. Sabi ko kay Direk Mac [Alejandre], ‘DirekMac, gawin natin iba. Gawin natingparang, ano, Love to Love.' Up to some extent, kikiligin ka. Kahit papaano may kikiligin ka, di ba? Para iba naman, kasi lahat ng gay role ko, puro screaming fag, loud. Ito, hindi,lalaki na in love sa isa't isa."
With him portraying the role well, isn't he worried about beingoffered gay roles more often?
"Well, doon naman 'yong iniingatan ko," replied Paolo. "Normally, I do mga bading [roles] mga onceor twice a year lang kapag TV, di ba? Ayaw ko rin namang mangyari 'yon."
Then, he said in jest, "Pero sa susunod na magbading ako,hindi ko na lang gagalingan, di ba? Angpangit naman noon, di ba?"
How about sexy roles?
Paolo answered, "It depends on what kind of offer I will get,what kind of projects. I will not besexy for the sake of just being sexy. Iwill not do that. Kasi, kung kailanganat sinabi na mag-topless, ginagawa ko naman. Basta okay, okay sa akin.
"Basta hindi lang maging pangit sa reputationko, hindi lang maging pangit sa career ko. Ayaw kong magmukha na ginagawa ko na lang 'yon para mapag-usapan, ayawko ng ganun. Basta kailangan, gagawinko."
ON SETTLING DOWN. Paolo said that with all the projects that hegets, his girlfriend Isabel Oli is always there to give support. So, when do they plan to settle down?
He replied, joking, "Matagal pa 'yon. Lalo na mas maganda na ang katawan kongayon, o, baka may iba pang dumating!"
Turning serious, Paolo said that this won't happen anytimesoon. "I just take itday by day. I'm 24 and happy naman kamisa kung ano'ng meron kami ngayon. Perosiyempre, you have to be stable in all aspects—spiritually, financially,everything."Paolo prays for a happy ending with Isabel."Sana siya, I'm praying for that. Sanasiya na talaga."