Ayon kay Benjamin Alves, kapag magkasama sila ng uncle niyang si Piolo Pascual ay hindi sila nag-uusap tungkol sa mga intriga.
Sabi ng Kapuso actor, “A, I don’t know, we’re indifferent to it.
“I see him often but we’re indifferent to it. Wala naman po kaming ano dun e.”
Pero bilang pamangkin ay nasasaktan daw si Benjamin kapag nakakarinig siya ng mga below-the-belt na intriga laban kay Piolo.
“I show my concern. I’m a little bit hurt by it.
"But, in the same token, we both understand yung magnitude po ng work, e, kung iyon yung pinasukan mo.
“Kaya pag magkasama po kami, we don’t talk about that stuff.
“Kasi andun na po yun sa trabaho, so pag magkasama po kami, pamilya po kami.
“It doesn’t really bother us.”
KAPUSO STAR. Isang Kapuso actor si Benjamin na napapanood sa Coffee Prince at Party Pilipinas.
Bakit sa GMA-7 niya piniling magtrabaho mula nang bumalik siya sa pag-aartista at nang makatapos siya ng pag-aaral?
Sagot niya, “Because they showed interest in me.
“When we met up with GMA po, GMA was so excited and confident that they offered me a contract right after the first meeting.
“So me, having come from... nagbakasyon lang po ako noon, e.
“Me having seen that, I wanted them to know that I was grateful for it...
“So we gave our word that I’ll sign up with GMA once I graduated.
“And for them to tell me to graduate first, that really meant a lot.
“Kasi nasa last semester na ako ng college that time and I told them that I was gonna graduate with honors.
“And they accepted it... they waited for five months.
“So I appreciate that.”
DARING AND SEXY. Sa nakaraan niyang pelikula na Guni-Guni ay may mga eksenang topless si Benjamin.
At sa Bench Universe denim & underwear fashion show ay rumampa siya nang naka-underwear lamang.
Hanggang saan ang kaya niya? Kaya ba niyang magpaseksi nang todo lalo na sa isang pang-award na proyekto?
“Iyon na po,” nakangiting sagot ni Benjamin.
Hanggang pagsusuot ng trunks lamang?
“Yeah. And in Guni-Guni, there’s a suggested scene that I was naked, e.
“And I don’t think I’d get an acting award for being naked!
“So I think I’ll get an acting award, if ever, from acting.
“So I don’t think it’d be necessary for me to show anything to get an acting award.
“It wouldn’t really translate to an acting award.”
Kaya mas lalong hindi pa raw handa si Benjamin sa mga gay roles, tulad ng roles ni Jake Gyllenhaal at ng yumaong si Heath Ledger sa pelikulang Brokeback Mountain, kahit na pang-award pa na project.
“I don’t think I’m ready for it at this point. Hindi pa po, e.
“As an actor, meron po kaming sariling limitations from however we grew up.
“And that’s still a limitation to me so I don’t think I’ll go... I don’t think I’ll be, I don’t think I’ll get over that hump anytime soon. So...”
CONVICTION. Conservative ba si Benjamin?
“In a sense, yes, but I know the... alam ko pong pinasukan ko, e.
“So I know, slowly, I’ll go away from that.
"But that’s definitely an inhibition na matagal pa po mawawala sa akin.”
Hindi rin nagpapaseksi ang tiyuhin niyang si Piolo.
Sabi ni Benjamin, “Meron po kaming iba-ibang convictions, e.
“I was able to do underwear and that wasn’t a conviction that I was worried about, e.
“So iba-iba po yung convictions namin, e.”
Naging kumportable naman daw siya sa ginawa niyang pagrampa nang naka-underwear lang, kahit first time niyang ginawa iyon.
“Yeah, oo naman.
“And it takes away yun pong... it’s nice for everyone to know I’m not just book-smart.
“Na there’s another side of me, na I know how to have fun.
“It’s just a little hint that I know how to have fun—to show everyone that I know how to have fun.”
Sino ang mas sexy sa kanila ni Piolo?
“Ha? I don’t know. Mai-tweet nga kung sino mas sexy sa amin,” sabay tawa ni Benjamin.
Dagdag niya, “I don’t know... I don’t know how to answer that, honestly.”