Steven Silva performed with his fellow Keso Boys during the Kapuso Night held last June 9 at the Ilocos Norte Capitol Stage.
Their production number was one of the most applauded numbers that night.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) was able to interview Steven at the La Preciosa restaurant in Laoag, Ilocos Norte a few hours before his performance.
Aside from Steven, the other Keso Boys present at the Kapuso Night were Derrick Monasterio and Kristoffer Martin.
TOGETHER FOREVER. Steven was last seen in GMA-7’s danserye Time of My Life, and he had a guest role in Tween Hearts.
He will soon be seen on the youth-oriented show Together Forever.
“Magte-taping kami this week for Together Forever, bagong show na kapalit ng Tween Hearts.
"Tuwing Linggo ‘yan after Party Pilipinas. Our first airing will be on June 17.”
Who is his leading lady in this show?
“Parang may love triangle kami ni Janine Gutierrez, ’tapos nandun rin si Elmo Magalona.
"Si Julie Anne San Jose is also part of the show.”
When asked about the show, he narrated, “Magkakapatid sina Elmo, Janine, at Renz Valerio. May-ari sila ng grocery store pero namatay ang parents nila, so sila na lang naiwan [para mag-manage] ng grocery store.
"Kaya Together Forever, parang they have to stay together and keep their family business alive.
“Ako naman, I’m friends with their family. May-ari ako ng fruit stall sa grocery nila.
"Magkakaroon kami ni Janine ng friendship.”
MUSICAL THEATER DEBUT. This August, the Ultimate Male Survivor of StarStruck V will try his hand at theater acting.
“The play is called Hope for the Flowers. It’s based on a children’s book,” said Steven about his upcoming project.
“Nag-enjoy ako dun at magandang training ang theater. I need to do everything—singing, acting, and live ang performance.
"Mag-i-start ang play sa Manila pero meron rin kaming performances sa Davao, Cebu…
“’Pag binasa mo ang book, sobrang simple lang siya, pero malalim ang message niya. It’s about caterpillars.
"Ako yung isang bida na si Stripe. Si Frencheska Farr naman ang isa pang bida na si Yellow.”
Steven is grateful to be given the chance to try acting in a musical stage play.
“Maganda talaga ang training ng theater. Istrikto talaga sila, very disclipined.
"First time ko mag-perform [in front of an audience], kahit noong elementary and high school, hindi ako mahilig sa plays.
"Medyo natakot ako kasi baka hindi ako mag-fit in pero very welcoming naman sila.”
Hope for the Flowers will be staged at the Henry Lee Irwin Theater at the Ateneo de Manila University.
IMPROVING HIS TAGALOG. Two years after joining StarStruck V, Steven is still waiting patiently for his big break.
“Alam ko naman, my time will come,” he says with a smile.
Even though he was the winner of StarStruck V, Steven insists that he is not jealous about the attention being given now to the runners-up of the said reality show.
“Basta I need to focus dun sa ginagawa ko kasi ’pag nag-focus ako sa iba, paano na ako, di ba?
“Friends kami lahat dun sa StarStruck batchmates ko—sina Rocco [Nacino], Enzo [Pineda], Sarah [Lahbati].
"We’re all close naman so if ever sa tingin n’yo na mas sikat ang isa, I’m happy for them. There’s no bad blood.”
Does he feel bad about this?
“Siyempre may mga times na I also want to have my own projects but also, at the same time, I want to be patient.
"Kasi if you’re not patient, it might never come.
“So habang wala akong project, nagwo-workshop na rin ako para pagdating ng project, ready na ako.”
The half-Portuguese, part-Filipino and part-Chinese actor grew up in United States so he did not know how to speak Tagalog at all.
To improve his facility in the language, he has lessons from Monday to Friday.
“Every day, may Tagalog lessons ako for two hours para mawala ang accent ko.”
Does he think that his knowledge of Tagalog is a hindrance to his getting more projects?
“Siyempre, lahat kami may weaknesses. Ako naman, weakness ko ang Tagalog ko.
“Dati nahihirapan ako at hindi ko kaya magsalita nang dire-diretso ng Tagalog. Galing ako sa zero percent Tagalog.
"Yung mga tao siguro hindi nila alam na galing ako sa zero percent Tagalog—mahirap yun, di ba?”