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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.

May 7, 2018

Gil Cuerva Proud To Be Paired With Julie Anne San Jose In 'My Guitar Princess', The Followup To His First Soap 'My Love From The Star'

GIL CUERVA made a big splash as the leading man of Jennylyn Mercado in his very first show, “My Love from the Star”. He’s now paired in his new project with Julie Anne San Jose in “My Guitar Princess”, where he will be required to do some song numbers since this is a musical romantic-comedy. So how is it so far?

“To be honest, nahihiya ako noong una,” he says. “Kasi I’m a bit shy, actually. And I’m thankful that it’s Julie who’s very accommodating at siya pa ang nauuna in talking to me. So I became more comfortable kasi she’s even the one who initiates the conversation.”

He maintains the long hair that viewers have appreciated in him since he first appeared in “My Love from the Star”. “I asked GMA if I need to cut it pero hindi raw, so okay lang. I want to thank them for giving me the freedom to maintain it na ganyang mahaba.”

He got lots of positive comments for his shower scene before showing his abs. Will he do it again for “My Guitar Princess”? “Yes, I think we’ll have a swimming pool scene. Okay lang naman ako. I feel comfortable, but I don’t want naman to overdo it na kasi baka puro yun na lang ang aabangan sa akin ng tao. Ayokong maiisip na tao na image ko, laging nakahubad na lang and I don’t want them to think I’m just some beefcake.”

After all, he’s trying his best to improve his craft as an actor. “I feel na mas handa na ako ngayon to act. While waiting for my next project, I attended a lot of acting workshops to hone my talent. I mean, nandito na rin ako, di pagbutihin ko na nang husto. As an actor, your learning should never stop.”

In “My Guitar Princess”, he plays Elton Smith, a talented Balikbayan singer. “I’m a pop star in
Canada but I chose to come to Manila so I can also pursue a singing career here. The role is very challenging kasi singing is not really my forte. I can sing, pero aminado akong I need more training so I’m now having voice lessons para hindi naman ako mapahiya kapag pinag-duet kami ni Julie. I’m doing my best as ‘My Guitar Princess’ will show a different side of me with a character who’s so passionate with his music. So eventually, I hope viewers will forget my Matteo character in ‘My Love from the Star’ and mas ma-appreciate naman nila ako as the singing Elton Smith in ‘My Guitar Princess’ that starts airing this Monday na just before ‘Eat Bulaga’.”

So who’s his peg when he’s singing? “Si Harry Styles (formerly of One Direction). Ang kapal, ano? Ang lakas ng loob,” he laughs.