RJ Padilla: Popular surname a gift and a curse

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Sunday, July 27, 2014


SHOWBIZ newbie RJ Padilla said he wants to further explore his acting skills.

In a recent interview with RJ at the Sublian Festival in Batangas, the 26-year-old shared that even at a young age, he aspires to be an actor but his father, Rommel Padilla, prefers him to finish school.

"Elementary pa lang ito na ang gusto ko, showbiz. Ayaw ni Papa, ang gusto niya magtapos ako ng pag-aaral but half court lang eh. Happy ako na maganda na yung nangyayari sa akin at may napupuntahan na ako," he said.

RJ Padilla
RJ Padilla

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When he decided to finally give show business a try, RJ recalled that he was denied numerous times in casting calls and auditions.

Then came last year's "With A Smile" starring Andrea Torres, Mikael Daez and Christian Bautista.

After his short stint in the morning series, he bagged another role in the GMA-7 afternoon program "Dading," where he plays the lover of Gabby Eigenmann's gay character.

RJ said he never asked any help from his dad or uncle Robin because he wants to stand on his own.

"Nung nagsimula ako sa showbiz, never akong humingi ng tulong sa kanila. Hindi sa pinagmamayabang ko pero nagsimula talaga ako sa baba," he said.

"Pumila talaga ako sa mga auditions kasi doon ko malalaman kung deserving ako. Para din may mapatunayan ako sa sarili ko na kaya kong gawin. Mahirap yung biglang kang isasalang, tapos dumaan ka sa short cut, mapapahiya mo yung pangalan mo. Sa akin din yung nakakahiya doon," he added.

When asked about the advantage of having a Padilla surname, RJ said it's both "a gift and a curse."

"Gift kasi pag sinabi mong Padilla, mababait ang mga 'yan, marunong makisama. Curse kasi pwede kang i-compare sa mga nauna, especially kung gusto mong gumawa ng sarili mong pangalan. Laging may sinusumbat sa iyo and mahirap ilayo ang sarili mo sa kanila," he said.

What makes him different from his relatives and contemporaries? RJ replied, "Wala akong limitations and I go for the gold. I do comedy, I do drama, action. Hinuhuli ko yung gusto ng tao sa akin."

Meanwhile, the Kapuso actor shared that he's happy for the success of younger half-brother, Daniel Padilla.

RJ clarified there's no envy between them and he's proud that Daniel can handle the fame all too well.

"Sabi ko sa kanya keep it up. Ang nakakatuwa, sa murang edad, matured na siya. Alam niya yung tama at mali, alam niya kung saan ilulugar yung pera niya. Iba talagang klase," he said.

"Happy ako kasi kapatid ko yun. Siguro kung hindi ko siya kamag-anak, maiinggit ako kasi sino namang hindi di ba," he said.

Did RJ notice any changes in Daniel now that he's a superstar?

"Ang nagbago lang siguro, lalong kumakapal yung sa bulsa niya. Sa ugali, wala. Sweet pa rin siya. 'Pag magkasama kami, mas bumabata ako sa kanya kasi iba yung tandem namin. Mabait na bata yun si Daniel," RJ laughingly shared. (Sunnex)

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