CANADA – A former Star Magic actor traded in television scripts for a police badge in Toronto.
Police officers of the 32 Division in Toronto were confused when Constable Don Laurel would do calls.
"When he went out on the road and did some calls I noticed that he had a little bit of a fanfare following him around and recognizing him," said Sergeant Lawrence Sager of the Toronto Police Service 32 Division.
It all became clear when they discovered Laurel was once a star in the Philippines.
He appeared on TV shows like the 90s Filipino teen drama series, Gimik and Sa Dulo ng Walang Hanggan with Claudine Barretto and Carlos Agassi.
But Laurel said his dream as a kid was always to be a police officer.
"I'm very proud to wear this uniform and helping out not just the Filipino community as well, but the whole city of Toronto," Constable Laurel said.
He's been living the dream for six years as a frontline officer for the 32 Division.
Since then, Laurel has contributed a lot to Filipinos who are the second largest ethnic community in Toronto.
He works with the Philippine Consulate in Toronto and holds information sessions for newcomers, explaining the laws and their rights to them.
Laurel's acting and ethnic background have helped him on the job.
"I'm always looking for people that can represent the police service in a professional way that can talk well to people and can interact and he has the advantage of knowing language," said Superintendent Sam Fernandes.
Laurel tells kababayans not to be afraid to reach out to the police for help.
"I just want them to know that it's ok to speak, we're there to help you," he said.