Erik Santos tries acting for the first time on MMK
ABS-CBN Showbuzz Feature
by Bernie Franco | July 22, 2010 8:53 AM |
Singer Erik Santos is nervous and excited about his first-ever acting stint, which will be for Maalaala Mo Kaya airing on July 24. “Excited ako kasi for the first time ang ipo-promote ko hindi pagkanta [kundi] acting naman,” shared the singer. “Kinakabahan kasi hindi ko alam kung magugustuhan ng mga tao pero I hope and pray magustuhan nila.”
Though he has been in the business for six years, Erik never tried acting before even if there were previous offers. “May past offer na ‘yung MMK sa akin pero feeling ko hindi pa ako handa,” he said. But when this particular role was offered to him, he finally said yes because he felt that it was close to his heart. “Itong binigay nila ‘yung script, binasa ko, sabi ko ang ganda kasi singer din [‘yung character] eh. Nagta-travel so sabi ko, ‘Sigenga try ko.’ So pinag-workshop nila ako kay Direk Laurice (Guillen) ng one session, ayun. Tsaka why not? Try lang naman ‘di ba? Gusto ko lang i-try kung pwede.”
The singer said that the most difficult part in acting was the crying scenes but he was able to deliver because he internalized the character. “Siguro po napasok ko lang ‘yung character. Napakaganda po nung storya,” said Erik. He added that he could relate to his character because his father is an OFW. “So alam ko kung paano mahiwalay sa pamilya and alam ko I’m a breadwinner so alam ko ‘yung feeling.”
Aside from the acting workshop, Erik said that he studied the script over and over again and observed the movements and mannerisms of the letter sender, Clifford, who was with them during the taping. He said that Clifford told him that his portrayal was really convincing.
After his recent acting stint, Erik said that he is now open to starting an acting career. “Sana po kung mabibigyan po ng pagkakataon at kung babagay naman po ‘yung role.” He said that he had previous hesitations because he was told that too much fatigue could ruin his singing voice. “Feeling ko kasi hindi ako para do’n [sa acting]. Feeling ko hindi ako para sa acting. Tsaka sabi nila nakakasira ng boses ‘pag sobrang puyat so dun medyo natakot ako. Pero ngayon okay naman kasi sobrang bait ng staff ng MMK.”
Erik’s leading lady in the MMK episode is Kristel Moreno, with whom he said he had intimate kissing scenes. But he clarified that though he is open to acting projects, he stressed that his first love will always be singing.