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Joem Bascon stresses that he is straight, but is willing to play gay roles

After being in the industry for some time, Joem Bascon feels that he is now ready to do gay roles.

BY BERNIE FRANCO

FRESH SCOOPS

11/5/2011 9:14 PM
Joem Bascon stresses that he is straight, but is willing to play gay roles


110611-joem_main.jpgJoem Bascon is intent on getting back into shape for his next TV project, Walang Hanggan, the much-anticipated teleserye that will reunite Richard Gutierrez and Dawn Zulueta, as well as feature some of today’s most promising young stars.

Joem said that after he did the teleserye Noah, his weight shot up to 190 lbs. “Ang ideal ko 160-165 lbs, nag-gain talaga ako ng weight. Now nagti-take lang ako ng supplements, fat burners tapos jogging lang everyday, healthy living lang. Bawas inom, bawas gimik, kain ng tama, ‘yun lang,” he shared.

At a recent press conference, Joem was also asked about some circulating rumors questioning his masculinity. He appeared unfazed when he heard this comment from some members of the press. “Ganun naman sa showbiz. With our work especially mga lalaki sa showbiz, hindi mo talaga maiiwasan ang ganong isyu. It’s very normal. Actually natatawa nga ako na it’s more normal for me na maisyu ng ganun [or ung] pumatol ka [sa same sex] o maisyu na bading. For me wala naman akong masasabi diyan kasi everyone knows naman kung ano talaga ang sexuality ko, kung ano ang preferred ko. Kahit ano ang maisyu sa akin okay lang naman, he said confidently.

He added that he is glad for the opportunity to air his side since he has been absent from showbiz circles for some time. “Para rin maklaro ko kasi nga nawala nga ako. I don’t get the chance to answer questions from the press.” He pointed out that it was not the first time that he heard about gay rumors. “Madami na dati actually tinatanong nga ng mga managers ko kung totoo ‘yung mga naririnig nila ganito ganyan. Of course not!” he denied. “There are times siguro sa mga barkada hindi mo maiiwasan ang third sex eh so nakakasama n’yo sila. Siguro with my kind of work, talagang maki-criticize ka kaagad.”

The issue about his sexuality spawned from his breakup with Meryll Soriano, and Joem added that he would rather not dwell on the issue anymore. “The more na mag-dwell ako lalo akong bumabagsak. Ako ‘yung tipong nadidiskaril sa babae kapag nagkaroon ako ng problema talaga. ‘Yun ang weakness ko.” At present, Joem is committed to a non-showbiz girl and they have been together for 11 months already.

Speaking of gay, Joem added that he is open to portray gay characters. He continued that he feels ready because he has been in the business for some years now, unlike before when he did not want to do gay roles. “I [was] very scared sa sasabihin ng tao saka kung ‘di ko magampan ng tama baka mao-offend ‘yung third sex so ‘di ko pupuwedeng gampanan ‘yon ng medyo mababaw. Right now with experience and some advice from my co-actors and my manager… para na lang sa growth ko as a person. Why not? To see the third sex in a different perspective kumbaga hindi lang lalaki (perspective) tinitingnan.

He added boldly that he won’t set limitations to a gay role if ever he was offered one. “Right now it’s a good time to do roles of gays. Kumbaga if Coco (Martin) can do it, Sid (Lucero) can do it, Baron (Geisler) can do it, why can’t Joem Bascon do it?”

Joem went on to say that he has nothing against gays and he has gay friends too. “Maayos naman silang kausap, maayos naman kaming makipagkuwentuhan. Isini-set mo lang ‘yung limitations na wala tayong hanky panky. It’s more of kuwentuhan tayo okay lang ‘yon. Pero ‘yung medyo nakakabastos na ‘yung iba, hindi naman sa sexuality it’s more of personality ng isang tao.