Isang maituturing na homecoming ang paglabas ni Sid Lucero sa epicserye ng GMA-7 na Amaya.
Mahigit limang taon nawala si Sid sa Kapuso network nang magdesisyon siyang gumawa ng mga proyekto sa ABS-CBN.
Tandang-tanda pa nga niya na ang huling teleserye na ginawa niya sa GMA-7 ay ang Etheria, kunsaan gumanap siya bilang Asval.
Sa kanyang pagbabalik sa bakuran ng GMA-7, isa na siyang award-winning actor at leading man ng Primetime Queen ng network na si Marian Rivera.
Pero ayon kay Sid, hindi siya kumportable kapag tinatrato siyang isang "big star."
"I'll never get used to that," sambit niya.
"I'll never get used to that, ever. Ayaw ko talaga.
"I came here the same way I left—with my head down.
"Of course, mas bibo ako ngayon, pero I came in here the same way.
"And I'm just happy to be given another chance. Yun lang naman yun, e."
Nakausap ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) si Sid sa pocket presscon na inihanda ng GMA-7 para sa main cast ng Amaya, kabilang sina Marian at Mikael Daez.
Ginanap ang pocket presscon noong May 17 sa Executive Lounge ng GMA Network Center.
BACK HOME. Hangga't maaari ay ayaw ikumpara ni Sid ang kanyang naging work experiences sa ABS-CBN at sa GMA-7.
"Hindi ako yung type na, 'This is much better than the other network.'
"I believe in one industry, e... But I'm just glad, I'm back home.
"Well, this (GMA-7) is where I was born.
"It just so happened I was adopted there (ABS-CBN) and I grew up there.
"And thanks to them, I was groomed to be what people [see now.]"
Ibig bang sabihin nito ay babalik din siya sa ABS-CBN pagkatapos ng Amaya?
"I haven't thought of that yet," sagot ni Sid, na nanalong Best Actor sa Gawad Urian kinagabihan para sa kanyang pagganap sa Muli.
"It's not about the offer anymore, e. It's about loyalty.
"When my manager [Ricky Gallardo] told me about Amaya, sabi ko, 'Let's ask first ABS. Bceause they've taken care of us. They took care of us for how many years straight, and I don't want to step on anyone's toes. Let's just ask lang.'
"It doesn't matter what the contract is, it's really about loyalty lang talaga.
"A family is a family. This (GMA-7) is my family, ABS naman is also my family.
"So, this is my mom's side and my dad's side and vice versa, di ba?
"So, nagpaalam kami na may offer... We asked permission if okay lang na tanggapin the offer.
"So, it was a graceful exit."
Gaya ng ibang cast members ng Amaya, nag-audition din si Sid para sa kanyang role bilang Bagani.
"Yeah, it's part of the process," sabi niya.
"Wala naman special treatment talaga dito, e.
"I just want to support my lead actress and support the other stars."
THE "LATE" SID LUCERO. Bagamat kilala si Sid sa kanyang pagiging isang mahusay na aktor, aminado siya na minsan ay pumapalya siya pagdating sa punctuality.
"Tawag nga sa akin—the late Sid Lucero!" tawa niya.
Pero ipinaliwanag naman niya kung bakit ito nangyayari.
"Before naman, walang problema dun, e. Pero dahil changing nga of drivers and all that, I have to adjust to the way they drive.
"Like, I was supposed to be in Laguna, it was a five-hour drive... I got there in eight hours!
"Paggising ko, sabi ko, 'Anong oras na, halfway pa lang tayo.'
"But that's not my fault, that's not his fault, di ba?
"Things happen when you're working. You work three times a week on a show and then the other three days on a movie, so it's almost impossible to get to the set on time talaga.
"But now, I don't have movies, I have no excuse na.
"So, kung ma-late pa 'ko nito, ewan ko na lang!"
UNPREPARED. Nang nakausap ng PEP si Sid ay nakakadalawang taping days pa lang daw siya. At base sa kuwento niya, tila disoriented pa ang aktor sa kanyang role na ginagampanan dahil sa laki ng produksiyon.
"Iilan lang yung eksena namin nun, kinain namin yung buong araw for my scene... Madugo!
"I realized that this is not an ordinary show.
"It's my first taping day so when I got to the set, it was massive!
"I've never seen so many talents on one set."
So, na-overwhelm siya?
"Yeah I felt like even if I already had a film a week before, I felt so unprepared because now it was a bigger surprise for me and for the audience.
"So, yeah, I felt unprepared."
Dagdag pa rito ang malalalim na Tagalog na nasa script. Kailangan pa nga raw niyang i-Google ang ibang words para mainitindihan niya ito.
HANDLING PROBLEMS. Ilang araw bago nakausap ng PEP at iba pang piling entertainment editors si Sid, pumutok ang balita tungkol sa pananakit diumano niya sa isang hardware store. (CLICK HERE to read related story.)
Hindi direktang naitanong kay Sid ang tungkol dito. Pero tinanong ng PEP ang aktor kung nadadala niya ba sa set o trabaho kung may problema siya.
"Akala ko hindi, pero my last show there sa kabila, I went through something heavy, even my director and co-actors noticed it.
"There's a drastic change. My heart became stone, I can't express it properly.
"I have to cry but I can't. I've been crying the whole week already."
Ang dahilan ng ganun niyang pakiramdam ay dahil naghiwalay sila ng kanyang girlfriend of seven years.
"Kasi, that's my first time to come to work without a muse, e.
"She's my muse for everything and everything I do. So, I always had a muse.
"So I had to learn to do it on my own, without... wala nang muse, e.
"Then, I finally got my balance back, got [back] on my feet.
"I realized, 'Wow, hindi 'to pwede. I have to get up, I have to leave it at home.'"
Dagdag niya, "But I think... that doesn't disappear. A seven-year relationship, it shouldn't change.
"It was easy for me, of course, because that's her decision."
Sinabi pa ni Sid na hanggang ngayon ay may komunikasyon pa rin sila ng kanyang ex-girlfriend.
"It's funny because she calls me for advice with this new guy."
Okay lang sa kanya yun?
"Parang andun pa din yung seven years.
"The romantic part is gone, but the best friend in her will never disappear.
"It's like, you know, you don't see your parents every day, but that doesn't mean that she can't be your mom anymore.
"That doesn't mean that you're no longer a son," paliwanag niya.
Ito ay sa kabila na meron na ring bagong girlfriend ngayon si Sid.
"My present girlfriend knows the situation, [she] knows the situation completely 'cause we know each other basically... basta magkakakilala kami.
"She's like, 'Your business is your business.'
"But she understands where I'm coming from.
"And of course, I also try to tell my ex na I can't always entertain [her] because I don't know how she feels about [it]."
Ang present girlfriend ni Sid ay ang drummer ng all-female band na General Luna na si Bea Lao.