StarStruck Kids alumnus Paul Salas has turned into a hunk at 19.
He is now a Kapamilya actor, but he’s not as busy as he was before.
Paul was last seen in ABS-CBN's defunct primetime series You're My Home (2016), and he’s been waiting for his next project since then.
He is past that awkward stage of transitioning from child actor to pre-teen actor, which poses a dilemma in casting; still, no call slip.
But Paul sounded cool about it when PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other entertainment reporter talked to him recently after the press conference of Dear Other Self, the movie headlined by Jodi Sta. Maria, Joseph Marco, and Xian Lim.
He is in the cast of the movie, anyway.
He said, “Okay lang sa akin kung gusto nila na ipag-mature pa ako.
“Kasi gusto ko rin na pagkabalik-teleserye ko, mature na rin ang tingin nila sa akin, hindi yung pa-cute-cute lang.”
In the meantime, he’s been making the most out of his break from showbiz break.
Paul said, “Mahilig din naman po ako mag-workout, mahilig ako sa sports.
“So, sabi ko, habang wala akong ginagawa, bakit hindi ko pagandahin ang sarili ko, kung ano ang gusto ko talaga.”
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GAY ADMIRERS. Paul surprised his fans when he posted a photo of himself, topless and showing his six-pack abs.
“Hindi ko po talaga planong i-post,” he clarified.
“Syempre, sa mga nagdyi-gym, may mga nagpi-picture talaga para tingnan yung dati nilang katawan.”
He added, “Ilang months din na gusto mong lumaki ang katawan mo.
“Itong sila Daddy, mga kaibigan ko, pinipilit ako, 'Sige na, i-post mo, para may makita rin naman silang iba sa 'yo.'
“Sabi ko, sige, bahala na kung magka-bashers man ako o sabihin na mayabang ako.”
On the contrary, his topless photos are going viral and have attracted admirers, many of whom are gay.
As far as Paul is concerned, they can ogle all they want, “Ako naman, nagugustuhan ko, at least napo-promote nila ako.
“At least may nakikita akong nagbago sa akin, dumami pa lalo ang supporters ko.”
He recalled weighing around 75 kilos, “Kasi nandiyan pa yung chubby stage ko, mga baby fats.”
It took months of frequent visits to the gym before he became a hunk that he is now.
PAINSTAKING. According to Paul, he focused on changing his eating habits first.
He shared, “Wala akong sinundang diet.
“Sinundan ko lang ang sarili ko na no rice sa umaga at gabi.
“Dumating sa point na… parang feel ko, konting kain ko lang, tataba na ako.
“Sobrang payat na ako, marami ang nagsabi sa akin na pangit dahil iniisip na nag-aadik daw ako.
“Hindi lang nila maintindihan. Inalis ko lang muna ang baby fats ko.
“Ngayon, nagpapa-buff naman po ako.”
Paul now weighs around 69 kilos, still on the heavy side.
But he said, “Kasi, mas marami nang muscle.”
Paul took pain to achieve the physique he wanted, “Akala talaga nila madali lang ako, pero pinaghirapan ko talaga.”
His advice: “Hindi naman puwedeng porke wini-wish mo lang, gusto mo bukas nandiyan na.
“Paghihirapan mo rin 'yan, wala ka namang makukuhang bagay na hindi mo pinaghihirapan."