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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Apr 21, 2017

Jericho Rosales Is One Of The Most Amiable And Professional Actors In The Industry Today

JERICHO ROSALES is one of today’s actors who have really good PR. As Bela Padilla, his leading man in “Luck at First Sight”, says: “Walang ka-ere-ere.” Even when he’s asked with the most innocuous questions, he remains very polite and diplomatic. He’s also very professional. His father got sick and passed while shooting the movie and he didn’t want to leave their set in Bulacan. It’s their director, Dan Villegas, and their co-stars who told him, ‘Sige na, go, umuwi ka na.”

So how is he now after his dad’s passing? “I’m better. I did a long ride on a motorcycle and went to San Juanico Bride where my father went and had a picture. Iniyak ko nang lahat dun sa tulay. I came back to Manila a better and stronger person. Medyo naka-move on na kami ng family ko.”

Echo says he’s happy that he’s the first choice to play the role of Joma in “Luck at First Sight”. “Kasi usually, second choice lang ako, but dito, ako agad ang naisip nila,” he says.

And this is true. In “Walang Forever”, he was not the first choice but he played the lead role so well he won a well deserved best actor award. So how is it working with Bela for the first time? “It’s fun and exciting to work with her. But in this movie, I really found it easy to work with everyone in the cast, like Cholo Barretto who plays my best friend, Kim Molina and Iza Pressman who play Bela’s cousins. Naging magkakaibigan kami lahat sa set so every shooting day was fun. Gusto ko rin talaga makatrabaho si Bela after seeing her in her drunken scene in ‘Camp Sawi’. Ang galing niya doon, e.”

As Joma, he’s a gambler who believes Bela brings him good luck. In real life, does he believe in luck? “No, I don’t. I believe more in being well prepared when opportunity comes. More than anything else, I believe in hard work and in grace.”

His director in both “Walang Forever” and “Luck at First Sight” is Dan Villegas. How different is it from one another? “Mas drama yung ‘Walang Forever’, mas realistic din. Mas comedy naman itong ‘Luck’, at meron ding element ng magic realism. It’s sure to please audiences.”