|Pinoy Big Brother Unilimited grand winner Slater Young. File photo
MANILA, Philippines -- Although he had done several guest roles on various shows since winning "Pinoy Big Brother Unlimited," Slater Young is now a full-fledged actor with the new primetime drama "A Beautiful Affair," which premieres tonight, October 29.
"I'm very excited but I'm nervous din how the public would perceive me. Alam ko naman this is my first time acting. So parang I'm still getting used to it bilang mabigat 'yung role ko at sila lahat magagaling na aktor," Young said on Sunday during a press conference for the series, which stars John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo.
Since he is just a newcomer, Young said was surprised to be given a very challenging role for his first acting job.
"I was expecting na bibigyan ako ng role na pa-cute cute lang, pa-goody goody lang. Kasi 'yung role ko ay marami siyang mga conflicts, pero maganda na training at ang cast naman ay very helpful sila si John Lloyd, Bea at John Estrada," explained Young.
In the series, Young plays Harry Reyes, the cousin of Gen Saavedra (Alonzo).
"Tinutulungan ako nila direk (Katrina Flores), they are very patient with me. Alam naman nila na baguhan ako, they take time talaga. Pati si John Estrada sabi, 'OK lang yon,' kasi I keep on forgetting my lines. Kasi pag-action, diretso nerbiyos ako. Sabi niya, 'OK lang yon as you go along you'll get comfortable,'" Young said.
"Eh kaeksena ko pa si Bea, palagi akong nagkakamali. Si Bea naman, 'It's OK, it's OK. Ganyan talaga, dumaan kami lahat sa ganyan.' So hindi ba ang laking lakas ng loob to know that people are on your side," said Young.
Adding to Young's nervousness is the fact that he also has a crush on Alonzo.
"Sino ba naman ang hindi magkaka-crush kay Bea? Even before fan na ako ng love team nila ni John Lloyd, dati pa," he said.
Young, an engineer from Cebu, said he never imagined that he will be able to work with his showbiz crush one day.
"Parang when I was wala pa (dito sa showbiz, sinasabi ko) 'Ang galing umarte nila John Lloyd' at ngayon kasama ko na siya, wow," he said.
Young is currently celebrating his first year in show business.
"Yung opening ng 'A Beautiful Affair' is the exact day na pumasok kami sa Bahay ni Kuya last year. Swerte ko yata 'yung October 29 na 'yon," he said.