Baron says rehab was his ‘redemption'

Posted at 04/04/12 11:11 PM

Actor Baron Geisler

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Actor Baron Geisler said his stint in rehab did not only control his alcoholism, but also inspired him to make amends, forgive, and let go.

Hounded by controversy over alcohol abuse and alleged sexual harrassment, Geisler said his time in a rehabilitation facility made him humble enough to acknowledge his faults -- the first step in his process towards self-improvement.

“I think it’s the rehab. Mas nakinig ako. ‘Yung humility pinaka-importante diyan eh, and ‘yung acceptance na marami akong sablay na kailangang tanggapin,” Geisler said in an interview with ABS-CBN News.

“Marami akong mga nasaktan, marami ding nakasakit sa'kin, and I have to let that go. Understand what happened, process everything, forgive them, forgive myself and then let go.

"Going to rehab was the best na nangyari sa buhay ko eh. ’Yun talaga ‘yung redemption ko eh, hindi ‘yung mga awards.”

Despite his reputation then as an alcoholic, Geisler still managed to bring home trophies for his acting portrayals on television and film.

While this served to fulfill him as an actor, Geisler said that since his rehabilitation, he has focused on fulfilling himself as a person.

“I don’t have to prove anything to the industry. Siguro ang kailangan ko i-prove ngayon, pagbubutihan ko na ‘yung pagkatao ko, hindi ‘yung pagiging artista ko,” he said.

While his career is now second priority to his well-being, Geisler is still excited about the string of projects that continue to come his way after his rehab.

“The truth is, nakakawala na ng gana [uminom], because I look forward na to a better day, like tomorrow, I’m going to jog, I’m going to the gym. Not because I have to do this for work, but because I want to,” he said.

“I’m [also] inspired to do that dahil parang nilatag narin ni Arnold, ‘yung manager ko, ‘yung mga projects na gagawin ko. And I’m really excited to do all these projects, so ayokong masayang ‘yun.”

(Correction: The original version of this article, "Baron admits going broke," was erroneously attributed to Ms. Marie Lozano. Our apologies. -- Eds.)