Isa si Benjamin Alves sa cast ng GMA afternoon soap na Dading.
Labis ang pasasalamat ng Kapuso hunk sa magandang feedback at mas dumarami pang naeengganyong tumutok sa kanilang teleserye na pinagbibidahan ni Gabby Eigenman.
Sabi ni Benjamin, “Nakakatuwa po, because from the beginning, maganda po ang reception ng mga tao.
“It's nice to have a fresh new show. Marami po ang nagtu-tweet at nagsasasabi na maganda yung show.
“Nakakatuwa, because talagang pinaghihirapan po namin as a cast and as a production."
Dagdag niya, “I’m also challenged na ibang role na naman ang ipinu-portray ko.
"First time ko pong gumanap bilang tatay. That’s the biggest difference, I think, na tatay ang role ko.
“In real life, I don’t have a kid, iyon po yung pinaka-challenge dun.”
Aminado si Benjamin na, at first, medyo nag-aalangan pa siya nang malamang gaganap siya bilang tatay.
Sabi ng 25-year-old actor, “Kasi hindi ko alam kung saan ako huhugot, e. But I always like a challenge.
“And if ibinigay po sa akin ng GMA yung project, na feeling nila kaya kong gampanan, that confidence in me, gagawin ko po siya.
“Ano naman po talaga, as an actor, you have to dive, you have to make sure na wala kang restrictions.
“So, okey naman po sa akin, hindi na po ako magiging maarte!” sabay tawa niya.
Nakausap ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) si Benjamin sa Sunday All Stars noong Linggo, July 20.
TRAINING WITH JENNYLYN. Nagiging critic din ba niya minsan ang uncle niyang si Piolo Pascual?
“Hindi po, hindi po,” sagot ni Benjamin.
Ano lang ang nasasabi nito sa kanya sa mga pagkakataong nagkakausap sila?
“Tungkol sa training, never about a show.”
Ano training ang tinutukoy niya?
“Running biking, yung sa triathlon.
"Other than that, wala na kaming ibang napag-uusapan.”
Naghahanda na nga raw si Benjamin para sa isang competition na kanyang sasalihan.
“Yung sa Bataan International po in November,” banggit niya.
Ito rin ba ang competition na pinaghahandaan ng nali-link sa kanyang si Jennylyn Mercado sa ngayon?
“I think so, yeah, as a team. All of us are in it.”
Nagkakasama sila lagi ni Jennylyn sa triathlon?
Sabi ni Benjamin, “Not lately because I have taping. I haven’t gone to a training in a long time.”
Naging close na ba sila ni Jennylyn nang dahil sa triathlon?
“Yeah, I guess.
“We get to see each other in training, that’s pretty much it.”
Nagkakuwentuhan ba sila sa mga pagkakataong magkasama sila sa training?
“I don’t know the implication of that!” sabay ngiti ni Benjamin.
“Pero if you're asking if we train together, yes.
"But sa pagiging close, that’s too far yet to say. Kasi training lang naman ang ginagawa namin.”
Pareho silang single ngayon ni Jennylyn, baka dahil sa triathlon ay magkalapit sila nang husto?
“I don’t know about that... from training to that? Ang laking lead ‘yon po, e.
“From running and biking to… that’s a big lead. I wouldn’t connect that.
“Training lang talaga. It’s a team.
“When we’re there, it’s the whole team. Hindi lang naman po ako.”
Talagang wala pa rin muna sa lovelife ang focus niya ngayon?
“Yeah, work muna.
“All work... all I have time for is work.”
CAREER PATH. Sa ngayon, kuntento naman daw si Benjamin sa takbo ng kanyang career sa GMA.
“Yeah, I am very happy with career. Hindi ako nawawalan ng project.
“And they’re always thinking the best for me as far as being their talent. So, I’m very thankful for that.
“And the reception of Dading is so successful, sayang naman.
“Sayang naman po yung experience na makukuha ko na makatrabaho sina Gabby [Eigenmann], Chynna [Ortaleza], at Glaiza [de Castro].
“Lalo na po, si Direk Ricky [Davao] yung director. So, ayoko pong bitawan yung project na ‘yon.”
Does he aim for lead roles also?
Sagot ni Benjamin, “I think, when it’s a possibility as an actor, you want to… in time.
“Sana po. But if it doesn’t happen... with me naman, every project that I get, I’ll do my best.
“And if that helps me get a project that’s a lead, it doesn’t really matter because I’m always being taken care of very well.
“Kung mangyari po iyon, good. If not, I know that I’m in good hands.”
JOHN LLOYD AND JESSY. Bukod sa Dading, ano pa ba ang ibang pinagkakaabalahan niya ngayon?
Saad ni Benjamin, “I didn’t get to do Cinemalaya, but I’m doing a movie now with John Lloyd [Cruz] now and Jessy Mendiola.
"I can’t still say the title, but it’s with actors that I would never had a chance to work with.
“It’s directed by Chito Roño.”
And how is it working with John Lloyd and Jessy?
“Great! Ang ganda... nakakatuwa.
“It’s a different experience. It’s always nice to work with different people.
“Especially from a network that, you know, you wouldn’t have the chance to… unless you’re doing, like, Cinemalaya or other outfits.
“So, it’s nice!
“And Direk Chito is very precise.”
Ano ang role niya? Ka-love triangle ni John Lloyd kay Jessy?
“Parang ganun na rin po, pero masama po ang character ko dito, really bad.”
Naging kumportable ba siya agad na katrabaho sina John Lloyd at Jessy kahit taga-Kapamilya Network ang mga ito?
Sabi ng Kapuso actor, “I think with anything new, even in Dading, talagang may adjustment period, pero that was very short.”
Paano niya naikundiyon ang kanyang sarili para sa pakikipagtrabaho kina John Lloyd at Jessy?
“Read the script... I could imagine what they would bring on the table.
“Na that’s John Lloyd, that’s Jessy Mendiola, and that’s Chito Roño…
"So you just wanna be able to make sure that you do your homework.
“Kakaumpisa pa lang ng shooting namin, but I’ll do my best.”
CINEMALAYA. Hangad din daw ni Benjamin na makagawa sana ng proyekto para sa Cinemalaya.
“I’m sad nga because I wasn’t able to do any auditions.
"So, next year, I wanna make sure I ask GMA...
“Kasi ano ‘yon, e, there’s a weekend of audition. I wanna make sure that I audition.
“I wanna make sure that I do that next year kasi sayang yung opportunity, e.
“Like Asintado is very interesting, Janitor is also very, very interesting to me, also Hustisya.
“Sayang ang opportunity to work with Nora Aunor who’s in Hustisya.
“Grabe, when I think of Rocco [Nacino, Nora's co-star in Hustisya] being in those movies, or my contemporaries in GMA being able to to do a film for Cinemalaya...
"Like, si Chynna being able to have two movies… Direk Ricky has three Cinemalaya movies.
“Nakakatuwa for them, but for me personally, nakakalungkot, because may opportunity to audition, e.
“The great thing about it is anybody can audition. So, you know, you’ll not gonna lose anything from it. Win-win siya.
"Kasi even if you don’t get anything, yung experience…
"We hardly get to audition. We’re very pampered sometimes that we don’t get to audition.
“So, maganda yung feeling na… you’re very humbled being able to audition with everyone. Aktor ka talaga.
“You are an actor. And everyone has the same shot as you.
“And that’s a good feeling to have when you’re sometimes pampered.
"Because you’re getting breaks na a lot of very talented actors probably wouldn’t be able to get.”
Ano ba ang mas gusto niya, mainstream o indie films?
Sagot niya, “At this point? I don’t think I should be choosy.
"Kahit ano po, mainstream or not.
“There are advantages kasi with mainstream, there’s a big distribution.
“But I guess there are also advantages in having the tag of indie.
"Most of them are my age, so the conversations that we have from the director to the production is different, parang kaibigan mo lang.
“So, that’s the experience I always get, I always enjoy with the indie scene, if you wanna say it that way.
“There are advantages in both, but at this point, having two years of acting, I'm not near to any position to say, 'I want this and I want that.'
“I’ll be happy with… I’ll accept everything that comes my way or every opportunity that I am able to perform.”