Richard Yap defends self against critics

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Friday, December 13, 2013


CEBUANO actor Richard Yap said he is not affected by criticisms about his acting prowess and happy that the industry appreciates his contribution through the latest award given by Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC).

Last November 24, Richard and Coco Martin both bagged the Best Actor trophy in the 27th PMPC Star Awards for Television for "Be Careful with My Heart" and "Juan dela Cruz," respectively.

Richard said that it was an honor to share the trophy with Coco, who has done numerous projects both on television and movies and is acclaimed by many for his acting skills.

But the happy news for the Cebu native was spoiled by some who commented that Richard doesn't deserve the award.

When asked for his two cents worth on the issue, he replied: "I wasn't the one who asked for it. I wasn't even (t)here because I didn't expect to win. That's their opinion. I didn't ask for it, the judges gave it to me."

He continued: "They had reason to do that. If our teleserye is the number one daytime teleserye, then that just goes to prove something. I don't have to tell or justify that award."

Richard also commented on some people criticizing his brand of acting. He said that his skills were honed by director Laurice Guillen, who taught him that underacting is better than over acting.

"That's what I try to practice. Hindi ako nagooveract sa mga scenes, I try to act as natural as possible. I think it works well for me," he said.

"People keep telling me to keep doing what I’m doing. Lots of veteran actors are also saying that I’m doing the right thing. So, I take it from them, I take that positively. I don’t let this thing (award) pressure me. As much as possible," he added.

He added that underacting performances is still appreciated by Pinoy viewers as Korean programs typically follow the same formula in their drama series.

Richard said some may not like it, but others are happy with his performance.

"Some people may not understand that because they're used to the over-acting style. People think that you always have to cry to be a best actor. But it’s how you affect the audience. I think it’s a learning experience and I always have to get better," he said.

For someone who started late in the entertainment business but still get to experience well-received shows, Richard said he's an evolving artist and there’s still a lot to learn from the industry and his colleagues.

"I try to improve myself all the time. Everything that you learn today, you put it to use tomorrow until you get better," he ended. (Sunnex)

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