MANILA - Kapamilya actor Piolo Pascual said one of his early aspirations before delving into the world of acting was to become a newscaster.
In an interview on "Tapatan ni Tunying" aired Thursday, the 37-year-old revealed that he wanted to major in broadcasting, after his first dream of becoming an automotive engineer fell through.
"Mahilig ako sa kotse nung bata ako. Auto-mechanical engineering sana ang gusto ko kaso hindi ako pumasa kaya sabi ko, sa newscast na lang ako. Sabi ko, kung hindi pa ako pumasa doon, magpapari na lang ako," he quipped.
Pascual added that he only saw acting, specifically for theater, as an expression and an outlet, but he never thought it would become a full-time career.
He also revealed that he almost backed out of his first big break, which was a role in the classic film "Dekada '70" back in 2002.
"When it was offered to me, I tried to back out from the project because I found it intimidating," he said, referring to his role as "Jules."
But after mulling it over and convincing himself that it was his calling to become an actor and fulfill his father's dream, Pascual accepted it.
"Little did I know, it was going to be my milestone," he said.
"Pangarap ko lang na makita ang bawat tropeo ng mga award-giving body and I got all of it. That's when I felt recognized. That's when I felt na ito 'yung calling ko sa buhay," he said.
Pascual went on to star in several other hit films such as "Milan (2004), "Don't Give Up on Us" (2006), "Paano Kita Iibigin" (2007).
But despite his success, Pascual said he still feels pressure every time the camera starts rolling. He noted how he was so scared of doing a scene in his latest film "Starting Over Again" that he even called the director to talk about it.
Pascual also explained his decision to accept his role in the upcoming soap "Hawak Kamay." He said that every role handed out to him is a like "dream project," and he views it as another chance to evolve as an actor.
"Every project I take on is a dream project for me. Like 'Hawak Kamay' I give my heart and soul to it because it's a reflection of my character, it's an extension of my personality. Ako 'yun eh," he said.
Pascual also said he's not at all interested in the ratings when it comes to a primetime soap, because he knows he was entrusted the role for a reason.
"Hindi ko na iniisip 'yun. Hindi ako makakatulog. Nacha-challenge ako sa pressure ng ratings pero sabi ko nga, pag binigay sa iyo, ibig sabihin naniniwala sila sa iyo," he said.
"Hawak Kamay," which is set to air on Monday, will also star Iza Calzado, Nikki Gil, and Ryan Bang.
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