During his early years in showbiz, Baron Geisler was seen as a promising talent in the field of acting.
Indeed, he proved his talent as an actor in the youth-orientedtelevision shows Gimik and Tabing Ilog. In 2000, the Gawad Urian considered him for the Best SupportingActor award for the movie Anak, wherein Baron played the son of an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW), played by Vilma Santos.
In the following years, however, the 26-year-old actor hadfewer projects and got involved in several controversies, which tagged him as adrunkard.
As a returning actor, Baron wanted to put these negativeissues behind and focus on his job as an actor. Since he got out from the controversial PinoyBig Brother house, Baron has been part of several movie and televisionprojects, the most recent being the 2008 Metro Manila Film Festival Best Picture Baler, andtwo teleseryes—Eva Fonda and Tayong Dalawa.
Baron considers himself lucky for being given another chance to prove his worth in showbiz.
"I'm very lucky and I hope that God will bless me with moreopportunities. Ang more blessing, youknow, good health sa mommy ko, good health din sa akin and sa pamilya ko, and,of course, wealth," said Baron during the press conference of Tayong Dalawaheld last January 7 at Teatrino Greenhills in San Juan City.
The former child star said that he just realized that hereally has to develop the talent that was given to him.
"Sayang, e. I want to top it [acting], e, as much as possible, I want to top it," saidBaron. "Kasi ngayon ko lang po talagasiya sineryoso. Alam ko naman meron padati, e. Pero ngayon ko lang siyatinanggap nang buong-puso at nirespeto dahil sa Diyos.
"I just love readingscripts. I love reading and I loveacting, I love internalizing, I love the whole process, I love the wholetechnicality of filmmaking."
AWARDS CAN'T BUY HOUSE. Baron's hard work since he came back paid off when he was hailedas Best Actor in the 2008 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival for themovie Jay, which he co-produced.
"I love my film Jay.I'm also the producer of that film," commented Baron. "I trust in the film, I trust in thedirector, and I trust our people, the Filipinos, they will watch it. Kung tinangkilik ng mga tao sa ibang bansa,dapat tangkilikin din ng mga Pilipino. Kasi nakita n'yo po ang mga award na nakuha namin, sana hindi langrespetuhin kundi ma-enjoy din ng mga Pilipino ang Jay."
He went on by describing the movie. "It's not a gaymovie, I tell you, it's about a reporter's life, a director's life, how theydeal with these people and how people deal with them as well. It's an amazing film, so people should reallywatch it and be excited for it."
Although these awards inspire him to work harder, Baronwas honest enough to say that he needs more money right now thandistinction. He wantsto build a house for his mother.
"Right now, to tell you honestly, I want to expect a lot ofmoney. Money muna, kasi I've beenworking my ass off, to tell you the truth." And then he quipped, "Puro indie, indie, indie,e, indi sapat 'yong bayad minsan."
Baron's wish for this year: "Perosana naman ngayon maging kasing-yaman ko si Gerald [Anderson]—may Tayong Dalawa, maybahay na siya. Ako, wala pa akongsariling bahay, 'yon po ang gusto kong ma-achieve for 2009, to buy my ownhouse. My inspiration is my mother andespecially for my family in the future. So, that's why I'm working hard, e. Minsan tarantado ako but when I work, I work. You can ask everybody."
The young actor is also grateful that his home network hasgiven him another chance to realize his dreams.
"Ang bait lang po ng ABS-CBN, Sir Deo [Endrinal], fortrusting me. So, sana dumami pa po ang projects, para marami rinpong pera. Kasi po, gusto ko talagangmagkabahay, 'yon lang ang pangarap ko. Nakuha ko na po ang awards, ang awards bale wala lang po 'yan. I mean, hindi naman sa bale wala, karangalanpo 'yan. Pero hindi po natin dapatilagay sa utak natin. Ang nasa utak kongayon, ang kumita ng pera at bumili ng bahay," stated Baron.
UPCOMING MOVIE. Aside from Eva Fonda and Tayong Dalawa, Baron revealed that he has just finished doing an internationalfilm titled Forgotten War, directed by Carlo Cruz.
"It'll be shown in Korea andit's about the Korean conflict and how Filipinos were brought to Korea. I play Kapitan Yap, who was the firstFilipino who accepted medal of valor, the highest achievement a soldier canhave," Baron informed PEP(Philippine Entertainment Portal).
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