Walang problema para sa Kapuso star na si Benjamin Alves kung sunud-sunod ang pagganap niya bilang isang kontrabida.
Kasalukuyang gumaganap si Benjamin bilang si Joemar sa afternoon series na Dading; kasama sina Gabby Eigenmann, Glaiza de Castro, at Chynna Ortaleza.
Bukod dito, gumanap din siya bilang kontrabida sa Adarna, na pinagbidahan naman ni Kylie Padilla.
Sa panayam ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) at ng iba pang miyembro ng press kay Benjamin sa Kapuso Fans Day sa Batangas City noong July 25, sinabi niyang may tiwala siya sa mga proyektong ibinibigay sa kanya.
Sabi ng 25-year-old actor, “I understand some people would be alarmed like you have to, you know, stay in the path of a lead.
“It’s never been… hindi ko naman po trabaho yun bilang aktor.
“I mean, there are people whom I trust would take care of it if that is to happen.
“But every project that I got, it’s gonna have to be a blessing for me.
“And it’s brought me to another project na… kasi people would say na Adarna was a kontrabida ako dun.
“But I probably wouldn’t have landed Dading without doing that.
"So, you really have to see it from that sense, na every project you get, if you do your best, it will get you somewhere.
“And the exciting part is you don’t really know where, and that excites me.”
PUSSYFOOT. Gaya ng karakter niya sa Dading, pinag-awayan na rin ba ng dalawang babae si Benjamin?
Sagot niya, “I guess it’s a nice problem to have, but I’ve never had that problem, it never happened.
“Finding one is already hard, finding two is a jackpot.
“I guess when it rains, it pours but it has never happened to me.”
Nitong mga nakaraang buwan, naging maugong ang bali-balitang nagiging malapit si Benjamin kay Jennylyn Mercado.
Matindi naman itong pinabulaanan ng dalawang kampo at sinabing mabuting magkaibigan lang sila at magkasama sa training ng triathlon.
Kahit na busy, masaya raw bilang single ang status relationship ni Benjamin. Ngunit may time pa kaya siya para makahanap ng girlfriend?
Sagot niya, “I’m always looking… I mean, I'm not looking, kasi wala naman.
"If I look, saan ako maghahanap? I’m always at taping.
“My eyes are open if it happens, very open to it.
“I mean, it’s nice… although I’m already inspired.
"But if any girl could add to that, of course, why would you reject, why would you oppose that?
“Anything that adds positivity in your life, you should always embrace.
“And it’s nice to make friends.
“At the end of the day, if it doesn’t work out, you can remain friends, which is also a good thing.”
Kuwento pa ni Benjamin, hindi rin ganun kalawak ang kanyang social circle kaya wala rin siyang tiyansang makakilala pa ng ibang tao.
Saad niya, “The only people that I hang out with are the people from work or church.
“But I didn’t grow up here, so if I’m not at work or if it’s not Sunday or I don’t see my friends on church or they’re working, I’m alone.
“I do have a family, but they’re very old and it’s just different, e, when you have a group of friends.”
Hindi man nagmamadali, balak ni Benjamin na magkaroon ng asawa sa edad na 35.
Paliwanag niya, “That’s my choice, that’s my plan, but I don’t make the plans for my life.
“So, if it happens anytime sooner… I mean, I played this before in movies where a guy falls head over heels and I know how powerful that could be.
“Who knows, but for me, 35.
“Baka magmadali na ako nun at 35, you know, time is ticking.
“I wanna have at least, like, a big family.”
NEW MOVIE. Excited din si Benjamin sa kanyang upcoming movie kasama sina John Lloyd Cruz at Jessy Mendiola.
Makakasama rin dito ni Benjamin sina Richard Gomez at Gretchen Barretto. Bahagi ang pelikulang ito ng 20th anniversary ng Star Cinema.
Hindi pa niya masabi kung ano ang magiging title ng movie.
Nagsimula na raw mag-shooting si Benjamin para sa pelikula, at inamin nitong kakaiba ang experience na makasama ang Kapamilya stars sa isang proyekto.
Kuwento ni Benjamin, “Para kang foreign exchange student na pumunta sa ibang bansa.
“It feels exactly like that because even the production [people], you don’t really know.
“I have a few friends from their production, pero iba talaga yung experience, e.
“And like I said, uncertainty and new things excite me.
"Because how sure are you you’re gonna learn and how sure are you you’re gonna grow?”
Sa pelikula, nabanggit ni Benjamin na medyo kontrabida ang gagampanan niyang role bilang boyfriend ng karakter ni Jessy.
Ngunit paano nga ba niya nakuha ang role na ito?
Sagot ng Kapuso star, “I auditioned for it. I actually read for the role for Direk Chito [Roño], so siyempre it felt good.
“I don’t know how the process went, but being able to read and be considered was already a big thing.
“I’ve said it before na it’s always nice for actors to audition and it’s always nice to get rejected also.
“You know, you need yung ganyan, because if you ever get the approval, you get approved for everything, you’re only human.
“It would blind you to think na you’re invincible.
“So, it’s nice to see vulnerability. An actor is supposed to be vulnerable, after all.
“I like auditioning, I really love it.”
PIOLO PASCUAL. Samantala, kinuha na rin ng press ang reaksiyon ni Benjamin sa balitang may balak na raw ang kanyang tiyuhin na si Piolo Pascual na mag-retire sa showbiz.
Tingin ni Benjamin, hindi dahil sa pera kung bakit patuloy pa ring nagtatrabaho si Piolo.
Ngunit marami raw ang sigurado malulungkot kung sakaling ituloy ni Piolo ang balak niyang magretiro na sa showbiz.
“I’ve heard people say that, e, to retire from acting, but I think it’s fine, too.
“We have to get an actor’s act, e.
“I’m sure, if he’s gonna retire, it’s gonna be a semi-retirement.
“I don’t know how far he would go, but I’ve heard talk about going on a mission trip.
“He’s such a good actor and it’s such a passion of his, I’m sure he’ll find another avenue.
“He does producing but a lot of people would be very sad, I think.”
Aminado naman si Benjamin na maging siya ay malulungkot din kung sakaling matuloy nga ito.
Isa kasi si Piolo sa mga tinitingala ni Benjamin sa showbiz dahil sa husay nito sa pag-arte.
“As a fan of his work, he would be missed kasi iba talaga yung ano…
"If he retires, I wish it wouldn’t be permanent for everyone’s sake."
Dagdag pa niya, “He probably just wants to rest.”