Kapamilya actor Xian Lim speaks about his quest from being a young star to playing more serious roles. He appreciates that his mother network already sees him as a serious actor by entrusting him with important assignments.
This holds true for the television series he currently stars in opposite Kim Chiu, The Story of Us. In the primetime drama, Xian transitioned to a more mature route.
“It’s been three years since the last time we were together in a television drama. This kind of project makes me feel that my network already sees me as a mature actor. For one, the character [I play] is very different from the roles I played before,” Xian told The Standard during the 1st anniversary party of HOOQ.
He also added that he’s very thankful that up until now, he’s still visible on both small and big screens.
“You know, we’re in a business where some talents only last for a few shows. For me, being around up until now is an achievement in itself. This makes me feel more inspired to work,” he shared.
As a HOOQ ambassador, the 26-year-old actor noted that it made him hooked to watching movies and series on his mobile phone more.
A romcom and action fan, he normally streams OTT contents in between takes. He also revealed that since My Cactus Heart and My Binondo Girl, two of his previous projects that are now available on HOOQ, he started finding time watching again the movies and series he was part of.
“I am the biggest critic of myself, watching myself allows me to grow as an artist. I wanted to identify what other aspects I can improve on in terms of acting,” the Kapamilya actor related.
No politics for Dingdong Dantes
Kapuso star Dingdong Dantes has been known for promoting meaningful causes including advocacies he personally initiated. He’s very visible and vocal in supporting government projects and social works that he believes can bring about change.
In an exclusive interview with The Standard, during the press launch of his TVC for Ensure, a brand he endorses together with his father, the 33-year-old actor talked about why he likes to be involved in well-meaning activities and why he doesn’t consider himself a political person.
“If you’d ask me for specific plans [to enter politics], wala talaga. But the fact that I am here and working for the government is something that I’m proud of,” Dingdong said.
The actor shared that he also had to put on hold some projects because of the rare opportunity to work for the government. He is the current commissioner of the National Youth Council.
“All of us will have our fair share in nation building. It just so happens that this is my way. And this kind of opportunity won’t be given to us or to me everyday,” he explained.
Although busy with his responsibilities, he promised that he’d resume making movies and drama series after the elections. In the meantime, he will actively participate in various events and government initiatives that need his help.
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