“Actually, it’s a new challenge for me. As an actor, dapat ready ka rin to get out of your comfort zone and try to do roles na naiiba naman. Hindi ka dapat naka-box sa isang role lang. And so, for a change, I tried comedy.”
Some actors have made careers out of experimenting diverse roles, whereas others tend to be complacent by preferring to stay in their laurels or get typecast. Going out of their comfort zones or deciding to try a new genre can be one of the most challenging things an actor could face.
However, not everyone emerges successful and finds public acceptance in the process. But others are able to reach new horizons, adding variety to their careers and delighting audiences with their unexpected abilities. To this, Kapuso actor Dingdong Dantes is no exception. He wants to try comedy because he wants to test his mettle as an actor. Although he has done some movies with Star Cinema, it is his long-time dream to work with the unkaboggable box office superstar Vice Ganda.
The Cain at Abel actor stars opposite Vice Ganda in Fantastica, an entry to the 2018 Metro Manila Film Festival. “Actually, iyong opportunity na ito, very special sa akin. Una, iyong makatrabaho si Vice Ganda. Pangalawa, for the longest time, gusto ko ring makatrabaho si Richard Gutierrez dahil matagal-tagal din ang naging pagsasama namin sa GMA. Nagsama kami sa pelikula niyang Mulawin:The Movie kaya na-miss ko siya. It’s a reunion of sorts for us,” he said.
He also considers himself lucky to work with actors from the rival network. “Iyon ang naa-appreciate ko kasi I get to work with talents from other networks. Thankful din ako sa GMA for giving me the opportunity to do so,” he said.
“Kumbaga, iyon naman dapat ang attitude na walang Kapuso, walang Kapamilya o Kapatid na open ka na makipagtrabaho sa lahat, “he added.
As an actor identified with dramatic roles he felt awkward and uncomfortable doing comedy scenes at first. “Nasanay kasi ako sa drama, so talagang na-awkward ako,” he admitted. “Siguro, nakatulong iyong mga punchlines na ibinibigay ni Vice na nakakatawa na minsan wala sa iskrip kaya na-challenge na rin ako para makipagsabayan,” he added.
He’s quite grateful to Vice for guiding him through in their comic scenes. “Iyong sense of timing niya, nakakabilib. Marami kang matutunan sa kanyang sa pag-iimprovise,” he shared.” On the personal side, Dingdong is excited as he anticipates the newest addition to his family. “Next to Yan and Zia, it’s the best gift Christmas gift for me,” he gushed.