Fil-Canadian cast in hit US TV show

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 04 2012 04:57 PM | Updated as of Jan 05 2012 12:58 AM

Fil-Canadian actor Mig Macario
MANILA, Philippines - Fil-Canadian actor Mig Macario can be seen in three current television shows in the US, but it's his role as one of the seven dwarfs in ABC's new hit show "Once Upon a Time" that is attracting a lot of attention.

Macario, 41, who also has recurring roles in "Fringe" and "Sanctuary," says he's very happy to be part of the cast of "Once Upon a Time," where he plays the role of the dwarf Bashful.

"It's all the different fairy tales that you've ever known but they've been cursed," he tells ABS-CBN News from Hollywood, California. "It's great in the sense that it's a show that the whole family can watch, but really, it's about hope."

"Once Upon a Time," which debuted in the US last November, has become a surprise hit from ABC's fall TV lineup. A retelling of the classic "Snow White" fairy tale, "Once Upon a Time" is conceived by two former writers of the cult hit "Lost." As such, viewers can also expect a complex storyline that moves from the fairy tale past to present Boston with some intriguing overlaps.

USA Today included the series on its Top 10 list, saying "There's nothing else on the air quite like it."

Big break

The show is a big break for Macario, who has been acting professionally since 1986, starting with bit roles in the TV hit, "21 Jump Street," which starred a young Johnny Depp. He also appeared on stage in the lead role of "M. Butterfly."

He credits acting for "saving" his life, particularly during his troubled teenage years.

Macario was born in Atimonan, Quezon but grew up in Vancouver, Canada. The youngest of six children, the actor is named after the Filipino revolutionary Macario Sakay.

"I've read up on Filipino history," he says. "Although I was raised in Canada and grew up in North America, I still have really strong tries to being Filipino."

"Pinoy ang puso ko," he proudly says.

A Vilmanian

In fact, he says his early influences in showbiz are from the Philippines.

"Somebody would come from the Philippines and they'd bring in Vilma Santos films, and I just remember, 'Oh, this woman is making me so emotional," he recalls. "I think I'm a Vilmanian. That's what they call it, I think."

And although he is already working regularly in Hollywood, Macario says he still wants to work with his favorite director.

"Brilliante Mendoza, if you're listening or watching, I would love to work with you," he says, calling out to the Cannes-winning director of "KInatay." "Handang-handa na ako."

In this instance, Macario ain't so bashful. -- Report from Yong Chavez of ABS-CBN News