AJ Perez in gay role in 'Underage'

by Napoleon Quintos, ABS-CBN.com

Posted at Feb 21 2009 06:22 PM | Updated as of Feb 22 2009 02:22 AM

AJ Perez will be seen next in the upcoming Your Song Presents: Underage starring alongside Matt Evans, Melissa Ricks, Rafael Rosell, Lauren Young, and Empress Shuck.

AJ will be playing the leading man to his ka-love team Lauren. But as a twist to his character, AJ will portray a young man who's pretending to be gay.

"Ang name ng character ko is Gary. Normal guy lang siya sa school, member ng drama club. Love interest ko dito si Lauren. Iniiwasan niya kasi ako so para mapalapit ako sa kanya nagpanggap ako bilang bading. May incident kasi na nagre-rehearse kami sa drama club and may ka-eksena akong lalaki. Akala ni Lauren bading ako. Later on nag-pretend na lang ako na gay nga ako so I can get close to her. Napaniwala ko siya na harmless ako and hindi ako 'yung typical guy na bolero. Pero unti-unti nagbibigay ako ng hints sa kanya na gusto ko siya," AJ tells ABS-CBN.com during the story conference for the show last February 11.

But the young actor, who just turned 16 last February 17, is not bothered that people may begin to question his gender once he steps into his newest character.

"'Yun 'yung danger kapag nagampanan ko nang maganda 'yung character ko. Baka isipin ng mga tao bakla talaga ako (laughs). Baka rin ma-typecast ako to do more gay roles. Pero para sa akin I just want to be professional sa role ko. I just want to do my job well. 'Yung character hindi naman siya talaga bakla. He's just pretending to be gay. Hindi ako natatakot kasi trabaho lang naman. Siguro may mga tao talagang mag-iisip ng iba pero kilala ko naman ang sarili ko. I'm just doing a role."

AJ says that with this gay role he will be able to depart from the usual teeny bopper roles he had done in the past.

"First time ko to do a gay role. I've done workshops before in my four years dito sa ABS-CBN. Siguro self-research na lang kung paano ko gagampanan 'yung role. For me this is my first challenging role. 'Yung mga previous roles ko kasi mga teeny bopper, rich kid, boy next door. This is the first time na kakaibang character 'yung gagampanan ko."

AJ and Lauren have starred in the previous episode of Your Song entitled Imposible and also in the Piolo Pascual-Angel Locsin teleserye Lobo.

AJ is an alum of the teen-oriented series Abt Ur Luv that also featured other young stars Enchong Dee, Dino Imperial, Chris Gutierrez, Victor Basa, Valeen Montenegro, and Megan Young. AJ, Enchong, Dino, and Chris are now part of Star Magic's all-male dance group Gigger Boys together with Sam Concepcion, Arron Villaflor, and Robi Domingo.

With all the showbiz projects that have been given to him, AJ could not be more thankful to his home network ABS-CBN.

"I'm very thankful kasi lagi akong nabibigyan ng projects. Kahit hindi ganun ka dami 'yung work okay lang because I also have school. I'm thankful that I have a show na kahit papaano may exposure pa rin ako sa TV, that I can still get to act. May ASAP 09 din ako every Sunday. I'm good."

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