After six long years, Aga Muhlach is back in ABS-CBN as he will be one of the main judges in the station’s soon-to-air new musical reality show titled Pinoy Boyband Superstar.
“Well, it feels good to be back!” he says. “Everyone knows that I’ve been a Kapamilya for 19 years. My career practically grew with them. I will always be grateful to them. It’s nice that my comeback project is with them.”
The award-winning actor has an interesting story about his decision to give showbiz another try.
“The reason why I accepted ABS-CBN’s offer is that I realized I still want to do something in the industry. I know that I have still a lot left in the tank, so to speak. It’s just that there came a point when I became accustomed to the regular life, enjoying my private time with the family. Perhaps, it’s because I got burnt-out with working, like following a hectic schedule for a very long period of time already.
“But then, one day last year, it just dawned to me that at 46, I’m still too young to retire from the ‘biz. Honestly, I don’t really mind but deep within, I know that there is still something that I want to do. Then, I thought it’s hard to make a comeback. I didn’t know where to start. It’s providential that ABS-cbn offered me this judging stint for Pinoy Boyband Superstar, which is actually a good stepping stone towards the realization of my goal.”
Incidentally, the show gives him the ideal working terms.
“Oh yes! I’m thankful because it’s light. It’s a different genre from what I used to do like drama and sitcom. I’m part of the four main judges so it doesn’t offer huge pressure, a perfect vehicle for me who’s just coming back to the scene after a lengthy absence. The taping schedules are also light, which means I can still spend quality time with my family while working,” avers Aga.
Since it’s a reality show, many ask if it’s just okay if it appears he’s not its main attraction.
“That’s no issue. It’s no big deal, really if the show isn’t focused to me. At this point, I just want to give back and be instrumental to someone else’s triumph. Mentoring these kids definitely gives me a sense of purpose and fulfillment. So, it’s simply nice to start off things with such mindset.”
If there’s really one thing that the be-dimpled actor misses in showbiz, it’s doing movies. His last mainstream appearance was in 2012’s Of All the Things opposite Regine Velasquez.
“That’s right. It’s good that Star Cinema has always been there and I’m always in contact with them. The thing is, there are problems in scheduling plus my overweight issue. I found it hard to lose weight then because as I’ve pointed out earlier, I was very happy leading a regular life.
“But I guess, there will be changes now after I accepted their offer to be one of the main judges for Pinoy Boyband Superstar.It’s a good starting point for me to get motivated to really shed weight. In fact, Star Cinema just handed over a script for me to study. If in case everything turns out fine and the schedule will permit, I might do a film once again,” ends Aga.
Julia Montes is so happy that her afternoon soap Doble Kara is still going strong in the ratings chart since it started airing last year.
“It makes me feel proud that until now, it holds strong viewership. It’s been a year and not all afternoon soaps are lucky enough to reach this far. I’m thankful for the viewers’ support,” she states.
On the swell reviews she receives for her delineation of dual characters in the story, the lovely star reveals it’s not that easy.
“Playing Sarah and Kara at the same time is hard. They are two different characters. Most of the time, I get emotionally drained after each take.”
What’s the secret of her effective portrayal?
“I guess, I just stay focused all the time. I concentrate on not mixing the nuances I have for each character. So far, I think I’m doing it right. It feels great after wrapping up a difficult scene involving the two. It’s fulfilling as an actress!” Julia avers.