Newbie actor Gil Cuerva was not the first choice for the role of Matteo Domingo in the local adaptation of the hit Koreanovela My Love From The Star.
Gil said he knew Alden Richards was GMA Network's first pick.
For him, it was a big deal that he was the one chosen for the role meant for the Pambansang Bae.
True, the 21-year-old first-time actor admitted, he has “big shoes to fill.”
Is he up for the challenge?
He said, “At that time na nag-audition ako, may certain reservations ako, kasi this is very uncertain, di ba?
"Walang assurance na makukuha ko ang role.
"But now, it's all been very worth it.
“Hopefully, this is something I do well.”
For sure, the rising celebrity will not waste this opportunity given to him by the Kapuso network.
As he put it, “Ayaw ko naman na yung reputation mo is sikat ka, guwapo ka, pero ang pangit mong umarte.
“I want to get good at acting para naman maganda ang reputation.
“Not just an actor, hopefully, but also as a director, cinematographer.
"Producer maybe, it all depends on my output, my working attitude, the way I handle myself in situations.
“I'll do my best to stay long because this is something that I want."
Gil spoke with entertainment reporters at the press conference of My Love From The Star last night, May 18.
WORTH IT. In a previous interview, Gil said that he had set aside his modelling career to concentrate on acting.
He was about to leave the country for a modelling stint in Thailand when his management told him about the audition for the show.
Gil recalled, “Sabi ko, try lang and let's see where it goes.
“So yun, I had to sacrifice yung pagmo-model ko sa Thailand.
“Actually, modelling, as a whole, nasa-sacrifice ko dahil ito na yung focus ko.”
And, according to the newcomer, he made the right decision.
“Anything I've done for this has been worth it.
"Ang pag-sacrifice ko ng modelling sa Thailand, it's 100 percent worth it."
In the meantime, he is relieved that the fans of Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza have not bashed him for replacing their idol.
Gil said, “I guess wala masyado, kasi may teleserye si Alden at saka si Maine, yun ang focus nila ngayon.”
Alden and Maine are currently doing their first primetime series, Destined To Be Yours, which is about to end on Friday, May 26.
My Love From The Star will start airing on May 29.