“Hindi po ako bothered ng opinion ng ibang tao. Mas importante sa akin, iyong pagtitiwala sa akin ng mga taong nagbibigay sa akin ng trabaho tulad ng mga producers, directors at even co-workers na nagtitiwala sa aking kakayahan po.”
While the LGBTQ community has made great strides in recent years, there are still local actors, including the top ones who still refuse to play the role of gay men. Many say that some would want to protect their image, while others might just be homophobic.
For Kapuso actor Martin del Rosario, doing gay role is no big deal. As a matter of fact, it was his gender-bending character in the Cinemalaya movie Dagitab that earned him his first Urian best supporting actor plum in 2015. After that, he did some gay roles on television with flying colors.
Being single and unattached, some would even question his sexuality for being too convincing in portraying queer roles. But for the Born Beautiful star, he said he does not mind being typecast in gay roles.
Martin portrays the role of Barbs, Trisha’s (Paolo Ballesteros) transgender best friend in Born Beautiful previously played by Christian Bables in the MMFF movie Die Beautiful which gave the latter his first Urian best supporting actor, also in 2016.
He even admitted that in preparation for his role as Barbs, he had to lose some weight. “Bago ko gawin iyong movie, I had to lose 15 pounds para maging convincing ako bilang transgender,”he shared. “Kailangang magkasya sa akin iyong mga tight outfits,so talagang nagpapayat ako. Nag-diet ako at nag-stop muna ako sa paggi-gym at sa regular workout ko.”
And to remove some unwanted hair from his body, he even had to undergo waxing. “Nagpa-wax ako para matanggal iyong unwanted hair sa katawan ko, sa chest, sa legs. Actually, masakit siya. Halos napaiyak ako kasi noong una, kasi, the pain is real,” he confessed. “Pero ininda ko siya, kasi kailangang maging believable akong beautiful trans.”
Compared to other gay characters he has done, Martin considered Barbs his most challenging. “May puso siya. Kahit may comedy, may puso siya,” he insisted. He even said that it has a more mature theme than Die Beautiful.
“Iyong Die Beautiful, noong napanood ko siya, simple lang siya. Dito, mas mature siya. Iyong kuwento, naka-focus kay Barbs pagkatapos na mamatay ni Trisha, iyong best friend niya. Pagkatapos na mapanood mo iyong movie, mas maiintindihan mo ang mga pinagdaraanan ng mga trans people, iyong journey nila sa paghahanap nila ng happiness,” he explained.
In a way, he can also relate to his character’s ordeals in the movie. “Nakaka-relate ako kung paano niya hinaharap iyong mga failures niya. Nandoon minsan ang frustration, but at the end of the day, you just have to stand up, learn from your mistakes and go on with your life,” he stressed.
He also recounted his kissing scenes with his leading men, Kiko Matos and Akihiro Blanco, in the movie. And explained further meaning of each kiss. “Iyong kasing kay Kiko, torrid siya. Laplapan talaga,” he said. “Iyong namang kay Akihiro, iba rin. Iyong kay Akihiro, medyo passionate. Actually, may contrast kasi sa characters nila. Torrid iyong isa at passionate naman iyong isa.”
Produced by The Idea First Company and Cignal Entertainment and directed by Perci Intalan, Born Beautiful also stars Lou Veloso, Chai Fonacier, VJ Mendoza, Gio Gahol and more. It premieres in cinemas nationwide starting January 23.