Sam Milby on Shaina Magdayao: "Kung may magde-develop, e, may magde-develop."

Sam Milby on his feelings for Shaina Magdayao: "Ako, gusto kong makilala muna siya nang mas mabuti na, kumbaga, kita yung kung may connection talaga kami, kung anong pwedeng, di ba, yung mga usapan, ganun. Pero yun, wala pang development. Basta ganun, friendship pa rin."


After more than a year of being inactive in movies and television, Sam Milby is making a comeback this year.

The positive feedback on late-afternoon ABS-CBN series Kahit Konting Pagtingin—where Sam co-stars with Angeline Quinto and Paulo Avelino—is a good sign for the Fil-Am actor-singer.

Other projects lined up for the rockoustic hearthrob this year include a recording for a movie theme song, a movie with Anne Curtis, and a teleserye with Judy Ann Santos.

PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other members of the press got to sit down with Sam last Friday, February 22, at the 14th floor of ABS-CBN’s ELJ Building.

His schedule nowadays, Sam says, is just like when he first got out of the Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) house.

As he puts it, “Sobrang daming blessings ngayon.

“Actually kanina, natapos ang taping after 5 [a.m.] so parang nasasanay ulit na walang tulog. Parang nagsisimula ulit.

“I mean, after PBB, ganun din yung schedule ko na walang tulog.”

JOGGLING TELESERYES. Sam talks about doing Kahit Konting Pagtingin and his teleserye with Judy Ann, Against All Odds, at the same time.

He relates, “Parang dahil sa dalawang teleserye, every Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday, light na, di ba, KKP, Kahit Konting Pagtingin.

“Tapos Monday-Wednesday-Friday yung taping for Against All Odds, na mas heavy drama.

“Yung character ko dun, gray character na. Basta hindi siya yung tipong good Sam na ginawa ko dati. And, ayun, mahirap.

“Eto ang first time siguro sa seven years na nasa business ako na may dalawang teleserye, sabay.

“Pag may sabay na project, laging movie-teleserye. Never na may dalawang teleserye sabay.

“So eto, mas mahirap pag teleserye kasi maraming eksena na nagsu-shoot sa isang araw.

"Pag movie, mas konting emosyon, mas konting kailangan, di ba? So eto, ayun na talaga.

“But sobrang happy ako na I get to have ganito kadaming blessings and I get to explore a different character din sa Against All Odds.”

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Sam admits shooting two teleseryes at once can get confusing.

He says, “Uhm, mahirap nga. Sometimes, dumadating ako sa set ng Against All Odds or sa KKP thinking, ‘Sino ba ako?’

“But at the same time, kahit sa set, iba yung feel. Sa KKP, very light kami dun, e. It’s a light, fun…

“Si Ange [Angeline Quinto], siyempre, very naturally funny na very light na person.

"Pati si Paulo, pag nagsu-shoot kami ng eksena and everything, very... it’s very light.

“Pero sa Against All Odds, pag nagshu-shoot kami ng eksena, very... you could feel the heaviness of the teleserye and the scene.

“So it helps talaga na yung mga kasama ko sa teleserye ay mga magagaling talaga na actors.

“Sa Against All Odds, siyempre si Judy Ann, si Tito Pip [Tirso Cruz III], si Tita Coney [Reyes]. And they really helped me out a lot.

“Nakakalito minsan but… minsan mahirap. But kaya ko naman.”

KAHIT KONTING PAGTINGIN. How does he feel about the success of Kahit Konting Pagtingin?

Sam says, “I feel na itong Kahit Konting Pagtingin, ah… what’s the word? Ayoko namang sabihing experimental.

“Siyempre lahat ng... pag primetime, yung oras na ’yan, kadalasan naman drama, heavy drama.

“So nagulat sila sa success ng Please Be Careful With My Heart, di ba? So they wanted to go with also that theme na light.

“And lahat kami, sobrang happy sa reaction, sa feedback, sa ratings.”

As they are both Angeline’s leading men, is there a competition between him and Paulo Avelino?

“Hindi naman puwedeng iwasan sa pagko-compare. Pero sa aming dalawa, hindi naman competition.

“Siyempre, first time din namin na magkasama sa isang project and [Paulo’s] very easy to work with.

"Ang saya, he’s a lot of fun. Magaling talaga siya.

“Yung mga first taping days namin kasi, siya yung tahimik na type. He’s the quiet person.

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"Pero habang tumatagal, nag-o-open up and very kumportable na.

“Very fun, fun talaga. Happy set naman.”

SHAINA MAGDAYAO. On a more personal note, PEP asked Sam how he spent Valentine’s Day.

His safe answer: “Nagbigay ako ng flowers…surprise guest ako sa concert ni Angeline.”

Pressed to share more, Sam reveals, “Siyempre birthday din ni John Prats so meron siyang birthday party sa bahay [niya].

"So lahat kaming magkaibigan [nagpunta].”

Did Shaina Magdayao, John’s ex-girlfriend, attend the party?

Sam replied laughingly, “Wala. Wala siya dun. Kung may date kami, parang magiging awkward.”

He did admit to greeting her, “Binati ko siya. Binati ko siya pero hindi kami nagkita.”

On the current status of their relationship, Sam clarifies, “Friends pa rin.

“I think this issue has been… lumalaki na hindi dapat kasi wala pang nangyayari, you know what I mean?

“Kung may nangyari, puwede naman ilabas na ganito-ganito. But wala pang development. Friends pa lang. Friends pa rin.

“Like I said before, may mga times na, yeah, nagha-hang out kami with friends.

"Pero in terms of kaming dalawa na nag-date or anything like that, wala pa.”

Doesn’t he feel the urge to pursue Shaina?

He answers, “Hindi naman sa walang urge or… wala talagang time.

“Every day yung taping ko, tapos kahit Sunday, ASAP.

"And, hindi naman excuse yun… ayoko nang gamiting excuse.”

A reporter quipped, his friend John Prats said he was “torpe.”

Sam says, “Sige, oo, aaminin ko may pagka-torpe talaga ako. Ganun talaga ako. I’m mahiyain.

“And I think siguro dahil, siyempre, in-announce ko naman na may gusto ako sa kanya [Shaina].

"Siguro alam naman niya na, di ba?”

Sam says he doesn’t want to force things.

“I think na kung magde-develop, megde-develop. Ganun lang talaga. Ganun kasimple lang.

“Kung magde-develop, magde-develop. Kung hindi, e, mas better off as friends kami. Ganun lang.

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“I’ve announced na may paghanga ako sa kanya, na gusto ko siyang makilala, pero hindi pa sa nililigawan ko siya.

“Kasi kung naliligawan ko siya, I mean it’s… mas marami akong ginagawa.

“Ako, gusto kong makilala muna siya nang mas mabuti na, kumbaga, kita yung kung may connection talaga kami, kung anong puwedeng, di ba, yung mga usapan, ganun.

“Pero yun, wala pang development. Basta ganun, friendship pa rin."

He adds, “Kung may paghanga ako sa kanya? Yes, I do.

"I find her very charming, she’s beautiful, she’s kind, good-hearted talaga siya.

“And yun lang. Kung may magde-develop, e, may magde-develop.”

For now, Sam is more comfortable going out with Shaina in group dates.

He explains, “Ako kasi, I think, mas less pressure.

"Kung kayong dalawa lang at alam mo na wala pang connection na pag-usapan…

“Ako kasi, I’m more of a shy person. And ayoko lang nung naiilang na kayong dalawa lang diyan na nagdi-dinner. Yung parang, quietness, e, di ba?

“Parang, ayoko nung tahimik lang. Gusto ko ng enjoy lang na with friends and there’s no pressure na ganun, e.

"I think mas maganda yung ganun for a start.”



SAM TAKES IT SLOW. At this point in his life, Sam says he’s done “playing around” in terms of relationship.

He says, “I think at 28, magtu-twenty-nine na ’ko, tapos na yung stage na yun.

"I mean, I think yun din ang dahilan kung bakit picky ako.

“I will admit, I am picky and because I think pagdating sa pag-ibig, I’m at a point na gusto ko naman makilala yung babaeng pakakasalan ko.

“Di ba, I’m twenty-eight and I want to get to know kung sinong babaeng pakakasalan ko.

“So these years, I really want to know, you know, get a strong foundation relationship.

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"And around thirty-three, thirty-five... yun yung ideal age para sa ‘kin na magpakasal.”

Because of his reserved personality, Sam says he doesn’t make the first move until he has an assurance that a girl likes him back.

He recalls, “Yung mga girlfriends ko dati, I would say may naramdaman ako na may gusto rin sila sa ‘kin.

“So that gave me more of a lakas ng loob na, ’Sige, halata naman na may gusto siya sa ‘kin, di ba? So go na.’

“Pero kung parang, parang di niya ‘ko masyadong gusto, hindi sa takot sa rejection pero…

"I don’t know, hindi naman sa takot sa rejection, but ako, gusto ko rin maramdaman na interested din.

“Basta I think it’s a nice feeling to know na, ’Ay, she wants to get to know me more din,’ di ba?”

Does this mean he doesn’t feel that Shaina is also interested with him?

Sam says, “Si Pratty [John Prats] kasi nagsabi sa akin na si Shaina hindi talaga siya ganun.

"Kahit may gusto siya sa isang lalaki, hindi niya ipapakita na may gusto siya.

“Kasi sanay siya sa mga lalaki na very aggressive yung approach nila.

"So I think yun din yung gusto ni Shaina na mas aggressive yung approach ng guy.”

On what kind of a lover he is, Sam confesses, “I’m definitely not the aggressive-aggressive type.

“Mas aggressive ako pag ramdam ko, ayun, may gusto rin yung babae.

"Kasi I think, either for a guy or a girl, yung challenge din ang ano, e, di ba? Gusto rin ng challenge.

“And I agree na, as a guy, dapat kaming mga lalaki, dapat mas aggressive.

"You know, I agree, I do want to be more on the aggressive type.”

Would he want to work with Shaina in a project in order to get to know her better?

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His answer: “Ako, yes, of course I would.

"But at the same time, I believe it’s mas maganda kung hindi hinahalo yung love and work.

“Kaya lang dito sa business, yun talaga ang nangyayari.

"At mangyayari yun, kung sino ang makakasama mo sa taping, sa set ng shooting, makasama mo naman at makikilala.

“Yun parang, di ba, you spend so much time together? Hindi puwedeng maiwasan kung ma-in love ka sa isang katrabaho mo.

“Ako, I’d love to work with her, yes, of course.

"Pero kung puwedeng sa ibang paraan, mas okay.”


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