Gerald Anderson loses 15 lbs for 'Budoy'

Posted at 08/17/2011 12:08 PM | Updated as of 08/17/2011 6:40 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Actor Gerald Anderson said he lost 15 pounds for his role in ABS-CBN's newest series, "Budoy."

In an interview during a press conference for his product endorsement, Dermablend soap, Anderson said he had to exercise and follow a strict diet to get back in shape.

"Siyempre kailangan po bagong itsura, of course," he told abs-cbnNEWS.com.

"Fifteen pounds, actually, 185 pounds to 170 pounds. Sa diet ito, exercise, cardio," he added.

The actor admitted that he needed to slim down not only because he has a new project but also because he is already overweight.

"Oh yes, overweight [na ako]. Actually sabay kami ni Sam (Milby), galing kaming States, kain kami nang kain doon. When I got back, doon nag-start na akong mag-research, mag-diet at mag-exercise. So I'm happy sa weight ko ngayon, mas magaan, mas fit," he said.

Anderson then described Budoy, his character in the new television series.

"Si Budoy ay isang 20- to 22-year-old man [pero] ang isip niya is 10 years old. Ang makikita niyo doon, ang journey ng buhay niya. 'Yung sino ba talaga ang pamilya niya at saan siya manggagaling, bakit siya ayaw tanggapin ng mga tao eh araw-araw ang ginagawa niya lang ay mag-smile sa tao at tinutulungan niya ang tao, tapos di siya tinatanggap. Isang mali lang parang napakalaki na ng ginawa niya," he shared.

He added that the new show, which will premiere on ABS-CBN before the year-end, gave him a better understanding of people with disabilities.