Thou Reyes explains why character actors are more fortunate than prime actors

IMAGE Noel Orsal / Screen caps from Bagani & The Blood Sisters

Character actor Thou Reyes: "You're not as famous as these prime actors. But you get to have more privacy than them."


After 24 years in showbiz, Thou Reyes has observed that constant pressure and lack of privacy are pushing the industry’s A-listers close to burnout.

He noted, “Personally, medyo fortunate ang character actors ‘cause we get to have our private life, yun yung meron ako.

“It’s very subjective. Nagwo-work siya sa akin, it may not work with prime actors ‘cause they’re always present and they have an image to protect.

“Sa akin iba, e. Per character ako.

"It’s not as grand, you’re not as famous as these prime actors. But you get to have more privacy than them.” 

Currently, Thou is cast as a pirate in the ABS-CBN prime time series Bagani and as a close friend of Erich Gonzales in The Blood Sisters.

The 34-year-old Star Magic talent said he has kept his work separate from his private affairs simply by not giving away personal details about himself.

“Ang nakikita ng tao, kung ano yung character ko… ito yung tingin nila ako sa totoong buhay.

“Which is I’m not, because that’s my character. I am always very secure of my personal life…

“They don’t know kung ano yung totoo kong attitude, e, okey ako dun.

“Yun yung maganda, hindi natatanggal sa ‘yo yung illusion, e, kung ano man ang gampanan ko next, dun sila kumakapit.

PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) interviewed Thou at the digital conference for Bagani, held at the 13th Floor of ABS-CBN’s ELJ Building in Quezon City, last April 12.

LONGEVITY IN SHOWBIZ. He said discipline, respect for others, and time out from work are key to staying long in the business.

He maintained that taking a breather is important to cope with stress. 

"Usually, ang ginagawa ko for the past few years, after every project, kahit pinapagalitan ako ng management ko…

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“Nila Maja Salvador, ng mga kaibigan ko, 'Huwag kang aalis, 'cause ang init pa ng character mo. Work, work, work!'

"But for me, I always travel. I get to pagpag and just observe people, that’s where I get all my characters, e.

"Nag-e-enjoy ako... Kailangan mo lang matulog nang mahimbing, the next day laban ulit." 

Speaking of longevity, Thou said a strong work ethic goes a long way in showbiz, whether for a prime star or a character actor like him.

“It’s okay to keep something for yourself. Nandito ka naman para magtrabaho, para magbigay saya.

“Hanggang nabibigay mo yun sa viewers, I don’t think kukuwestyunin ka nila.

“Kung ibinibigay mo yung respeto sa kanila, respeto din yung babalik sa ‘yo.

“I think that’s how you handle yourself, yun yung hanggang ngayon pina-practice ko.”


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