“It’s amazing! Siguro that part of it. Na it’s one of the highest rating shows of TV5 is probably the last of the things I’d mention on why I feel so great about being Kidlat.”
Ito ang umpisang pahayag ni Derek Ramsay sa PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) tungkol sa tagumpay ng pinagbibidahan niyang fantaserye sa TV5, ang Kidlat, na magtatapos na sa Biyernes, Mayo 3.
Patuloy niya, “Pero, first is tumatak talaga sa mga bata yung Kidlat.
“Anywhere I go now, I just got back from GenSan yesterday, and all the kids… sa sobrang tuwa ko nga, ibinigay ko yung cellphone number ko sa Twitter, nag-DM [direct message] ako dun sa mga... some kids that were following me on Twitter that wanted to meet me.
“This kid named Lester, this kid named Julia—so I gave them my phone number so they can contact me.
"And a girl from Davao who came to GenSan, she’s sixteen, I gave her my number. And her auntie brought her to the mall and met with me so that they can have her frisbee signed.
“And they all call me Kidlat! So it’s really a wonderful feeling.
“We went to Montalban and five thousand kids ang bumati sa akin dun.
“How can you beat that? I’ve never experienced anything like that in my whole career—and having five thousand kids, wow!”
NO MORE DARING ROLES? Karamihan ng mga umiidolo ngayon kay Derek ay mga bata.
Ibig bang sabihin nito ay mababawasan na ang pagpapaka-daring o pagpapaseksi ni Derek sa movie projects para mapanood din siya ng mga bata sa pelikula?
Sabi ni Derek, “I haven’t thought about it that way.
"I know I have a responsibility ’coz a lot of kids look up to me but, you know, kids are a lot smarter today, you know?
"They know that we’re just portraying a role—that’s not who I am.
“I think from all the characters that I’ve portrayed, I’ve thought it through and there’s nothing negative about it.
“We’re just portraying roles and I know the kids of today know that.
“Kaya naman meron tayong mga Parental Guidance, mga ganyan, so these kids that look up to me shouldn’t be watching... shouldn’t be watching movies like that.
“So, yeah, I’ve never been picky about how I choose a project.
“I read it and if I have a good feeling about it, I do it. If I don’t, then I’ll pass.
“Just like whether whoever I work with—sikat, hindi sikat—hindi ako namimili.
"Basta team player, wala akong problema.”
MOVIE WITH HEART. Sa hiwalay na panayam ng PEP kay Heart Evangelista, nabanggit nito na may gagawin siyang pelikula kasama si Derek.
Tinanong namin si Derek tungkol dito.
Aniya, “I’m not sure pa nga, e.
"Alam ko, I know ang next movie ko daw is with Cristine Reyes and Heart. So that was the last I heard.
“I have never worked with Heart, so it would be really, really cool to work with Heart.
"And meron din kaming pinag-uusapang pelikula na kami ni Cristine and maybe Richard Gomez, but I think because of the... di ba, they’re campaining, and bawal.
“So baka na lang after the campaign yun."
Tumatakbo bilang mayor ng Ormoc City si Richard.
Patuloy ni Derek, “And then sa MMFF [Metro Manila Film Festival], TV5 and Regal might be putting a movie which they want me to do.”
Kidlat the Movie?
Tumawa muna si Derek bago sinabing, “Hindi pa naman yata Kidlat the Movie, but something similar and…”
Superhero din siya sa movie na ito?
“I can’t say, I can’t say.
“I’d really like to do a Kidlat movie.”
MOVIE WITH SOLENN AND LOVI. Pagpapatuloy ni Derek, “I’ll be working with Solenn [Heussaff] and maybe Lovi [Poe].
"So two actresses that on top of their game right now na I haven’t worked with so, you know..."
Si Solenn ay ex-girlfriend ni Derek.
“It would really be nice to see this talent of Solenn because she’s really a talented girl. Everything that girl puts her hands on just turns into gold.
“So I’ve never worked with her and I’ve never seen this side of her, you know.
"I’ve seen her talent for fashion, her talent for make-up, her talent for... even prosthetics.
“Ang galing niyang mag-prosthetics, sa painting... napakahusay at napakagaling talaga ng babaeng ’yan.
“But talent niya sa acting, all I’ve heard is good stuff about her, so it would be cool to work with her.”
Pinuri rin ni Derek si Lovi Poe.
“Lovi, need I say more? A great actress and, of course, has a lot of sex appeal,” sabi niya.
Ano ang masasabi niya sa balitang magiging "kapatid" na niya si Lovi sa TV5?
“Wala akong alam diyan!” at tumawa si Derek.
Puwede silang maging magkapareha ni Lovi sa next projects ng TV5?
“I’m really looking forward [to it], sana matuloy yung project at magkatrabaho kami.”
NADINE SAMONTE. Bakit hindi sila natuloy ng Kidlat leading lady niyang si Nadine Samonte na magkaroon ng romantic involvement?
Sabi ni Derek, “We’re still sweet, makulit pa rin kami!
“Sinabi ko sa inyo, ayoko na sa showbiz. It’s not that... nothing against Nadine, she’s a great girl, wonderful girl, and we’re good friends.
“People mistake our actions for something else, that… yung kotse niya nilalagyan ko ng silya sa ibabaw ng bubong, ipapalit ko yung parking.
“Siya, nilagyan niya ng mga dahon-dahon yung kotse ko.”
May non-showbiz special someone daw si Nadine.
Sabi ni Derek, “Yes, I know about it! I know about it, and I’m not going to say anything about it.”
HAPPY DEREK. Gaano siya kasaya ngayon?
“I’m very, very happy.
"I’m very happy with my life, with my family, with my career.
"I just celebrated my one year in TV5 so I’m very, very happy.
“I’m committed and I have a strong relationship with my [Kidlat] costume!” ang tumatawang sinabi pa ng hunky Kapatid star.
Dagdag niya tungkol sa kanyang costume, “Katrabaho siya, magkatabi kami.
“I’m hoping they’ll give it to me, and then when I finish my house one day…"
Idi-display raw niya ito doon.
“Parang Iron Man, di ba?”