MANILA – Actor Piolo Pascual admitted that he thought of quitting showbiz early this year despite the success of his movie "Starting Over Again."
Speaking to entertainment editor Ricky Lo as published on The Philippine Star website Sunday, Pascual said he felt “burned out” with work.
“Sabi nga nila, I wanted to smell the flowers; I wanted to have more time for other things. I wanted to be able to say that I own my time. Not that I’m not grateful, it’s just that I was so tied up with work that I couldn’t anymore do what I wanted to do, like taking a month-long vacation, spending more time with Iñigo and doing things that any normal person is doing,” he explained.
Pascual also noted that he felt “limited” by his work contract because he was bound to do consecutive projects.
“Not necessarily restricted but limited…na hindi ako makatulog ng maayos because I have to be on the set first thing in the morning, pack up very late. I don’t want to say that I was burned out, but that seemed to be what happened. You know, I’ve been working since I was 15, for more than half of my life. Let’s put it this way: Masyado kong minahal ang trabaho ko na nakalimutan ko ang sarili ko,” he said.
Pascual revealed that he was already decided that “Starting Over Again” would be his last project as an actor until the ABS-CBN management convinced him to ink another deal.
“The truth is that after ‘Starting Over Again,’ I didn’t want to renew my contract. I told myself that that movie was going to be my swan song. The movie was shot in February and my contract was going to expire in May. They were rushing my soap, ‘Hawak Kamay,’ para pumirma ako ng bagong kontrata. But they knew that I wanted to quit, that I wasn’t really keen on signing again. But I said, ‘Okay, what’s two years?’ I’ll be 39 by then, nasa window pa rin ng pag-aasawa,” he said.
Despite this, Pascual said he will never regret what showbiz has done in his life.
“I have no regrets. All the more that I should be grateful for all the things that have come my way because I never thought that I’d get this far. When I did ‘Lagarista’ (a film directed by Mel Chionglo, with Janna Victoria as leading lady) 16 years ago, did I think that I’d get this far? No! I gave myself five years, but look where I am now. I’m humbled by all the achievements that I’ve made, to the point na na-over-shadowed na ‘yung bad things na nangyari sa akin,” he said.
Asked what he considers the high and low points in his career, Pascual said: “I would say that 'Dekada ’70' was one of the highest points because I got the trophies from all the award-giving bodies. It got me recognized and elevated as an actor.”
“One of the low points was, of course, the continued steady downhill ng reception ng movies ko. Pababa nang pababa ang gross ng movies ko so I said, baka hindi na ako gusto ng tao. I didn’t take it against anybody because at the end of the day, it’s still business and they have to make money out of you, and vice-versa. That’s the business. You can’t always be at the top,” he added.