Geoff Eigenmann says dad Michael de Mesa left showbiz "to grow as a person"

"'Yong tips na nakukuha naming [magkakapatid] sa kanila nanggagaling. I guess we're learning from the best," says Geoff Eigenmann about his main source of advice when it comes to acting.


Michael de Mesa left the country this year for a job in the States, leaving the industry that recognized him as a fine actor.

At present, the 49-year-old actor has a steady job as a marketing executive in an ambulance company abroad.

Before he left, Michael was very vocal about how he felt towards show business. He was having a hard time getting new projects.

Young actor Geoff Eigenmann was asked about his father during the pocket interview with him yesterday, June 7, at GMA Annex Building in Quezon City. He didn't give a specific reason for his dad's decision to leave the country.

He said, "Wala naman talagang reason, e. Parang ano lang naman sa kanya, it was his own personal choice talaga. Wala na naman siyang ginagawa dito, nahihirapan maghanap ng work. So he decided, to grow as a person, to learn something new din, lumipat siya. He wanted to try something new."

Does his father have plans to return to the country? Geoff replied, "Hindi pa namin napag-uusapan. We haven't really talked about anything like that. So, kung babalik man siya, sigurado ako he wouldn't really think twice. Kasi he grew up in this business, e, ito talaga ang love niyang gawin, e."

During the interview, the young Eigenmann mentioned that his dad is now engaged to his non-showbiz girlfriend.

"He proposed na to his girlfriend. So 'yon, they are engaged. Bahala na lang kung kelan ang wedding nila," he said.

Geoff said that his father informed him and his siblings about this, even his mother Gina Alajar.

He narrated, "Kinausap niya kaming magkakapatid, as in one by one talaga. He had a separate talk with Ryan, separate talk with me, and with my brother AJ. Even my mom kinausap din niya, silang dalawa ang nag-usap."

ACTING RUNS IN THE FAMILY. It's a known fact that Geoff belongs to a family of actors. He's in the third generation of the Gil-Mesa clan, whose members include Eddie Gil, Rosemarie Gil, Cherie Gil, and Mark Gil.

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Geoff acknowledged his roots for his acting skill and thanked his parents, Michael and Gina, for giving him good advice on show business.

For his upcoming show, the Filipino version of Rosalinda, Geoff says that his mom watches the original Mexican series with him.

"Mom ko rin, nand'yan, tutulungan ako, bibigyan ako ng tips. Ang mom ko nga nakikinood sa akin, watching Rosalinda, just to know more about Fernando Jose. She give me tips, pinapanood din niya para makatulong din siya sa akin."

Geoff is happy that his parents appreciate his work as an actor. "Para sa akin, kung na-appreciate ng parents ko ang ginawa ko, happy ako. Kasi sila napabilib ko, nagandahan sila sa ginawa ko, so happy ako doon."


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