Benjie Paras says sons not yet ready for acting
|Cager-turned actor Benjie Paras|
MANILA – Professional basketball player-turned-actor Benjie Paras believes his sons Andre and Kobe should not accept offers to do a television series anytime soon.
While he is allowing the two boys to venture into show business, Paras thinks it would be better if they first accept hosting stints because acting is a demanding job.
“Ito may opportunity sila na gumawa ng extra income for themselves. Sa ngayon hindi ko pa sila nakikita sa teleserye kasi mahirap pa iyon. Siguro more on hosting or guesting,” he said.
He added: “If ever they will act, sinasabi ko sa kanila, ‘You need to do workshop.’ Hindi lang naman pag-arte iyan. You should feel the story, everything. Lahat dapat nasa puso iyan.”
Paras said he will not impose any limits as to what projects his sons should accept, as long as they will still prioritize their studies.
“Wala naman. Ang sa akin lang, katulad ng ibang mga magulang, they should concentrate more on studies. Iyon ang priority nila dapat,” he said.
Asked if his sons are pressured to live up to his name, Paras said: “Ang lagi nilang sinsasabi, there will only be one Benjie Paras. Sabi nila they will make a name of their own and it just so happened na their dad is Benjie Paras. Never sila nape-pressure.”
Meanwhile, Paras shared that his family is now stronger and closer than ever after their most recent controversy.
Andre and Kobe recently made headlines after they refused to be reunited with their mom Jackie Forster even after the former actress’ made steps to reach out to them.
“Mas matibay ngayon. Ever since naman matibay ang pamilya namin. Normal naman sa amin ang ganyan, maraming intrigang dumadating but we don’t mind them. We concentrate on important things,” Paras said.
On ‘Got To Believe’
Setting family matters aside, Paras said he is happy that the primetime series “Got To Believe” is already a success barely a month after its premiere.
“'Yung tagumpay nasa script, kung paano ang pagkasulat and yung storya. Iba kasi siya kung papanoorin mo,” he said.
“Tapos yung love team ni Kathryn (Bernardo) and Daniel (Padilla), hindi lang doon naka-focus. Mayroon din si Carmina (Villaroel) with Ian Veneracion tapos ako and Manylyn (Reynes). Maraming napapanood ang mga tao. This is a very light dramatic comedy,” he added.
Paras said he does not regret being a Kapamilya again because of all the opportunities that are coming his way.
“Masaya ako dahil maganda ang role na ginagampanan ko ngayon and naging malaki ang participation ko dito sa teleserye. Basta ang sa akin, I’m so happy na I’m part of this teleserye,” he said.
The primetime series starring Bernardo and Padilla maintained the strong viewership set by its pilot episode on August 26, as it maintained its ranking as the country's second-most watched program after "Juan dela Cruz."
Directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina, "Got to Believe" set a nationwide rating of 34% for its debut telecast, according to data from multinational market research group Kantar Media.
The "kilig-serye" maintained its wide lead over its competing program aired on GMA-7 in subsequent days, garnering 34.4% vs 16.8% on August 27, and 31.2% vs 16.3% on August 28.