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Smokey Manaloto says it's a joy to work with child star Xyriel Manabat

Smokey Manaloto talks about how much he enjoys working with Xyriel Manabat and the rest of the cast of '100 Days To Heaven.'

BY RACHELLE SIAZON

FRESH SCOOPS

5/31/2011 8:28 AM
Smokey Manaloto says it's a joy to work with child star Xyriel Manabat


053111-smokey_main.jpgSmokey Manaloto told Push.com.ph that 100 Days To Heaven is one of the most delightful projects that he has ever done. According to the veteran actor, not only was his character light, but he also enjoys the company of his co-stars behind the camera. “I really love working in this series. Hindi siya mahirap gawin eh. Hindi ganon kadalas makahanap nung meron kang trabaho na excited kang puntahan eh. Of course I can only speak for myself, pero sigurado ako na yun din ang nararamdaman ng co-stars ko dito sa 100 Days To Heaven. Pamilya kasi talaga yung turingan namin sa set,” he began.

When asked how they spend their free time together, Smokey shared that they often go out to eat and talk about their lives in general. He also liked the fact that all of them in their group have no trouble adjusting to each other’s quirks. “Usually, kakain kami sa labas nila Jodi (Sta. Maria), Neil (Coleta) at ako. Kasi kami lang magkakasama sa unit e. We talk about all the things na pwede naming pag-usapan, tungkol sa buhay sa trabaho, tapos may konting love life, so halo-halo. Kasi kami ni Dominic (Ochoa) matagal na rin kaming magkabarkada. Si Neil bago lang namin nakakasama pero ‘di naman siya mailang sa tao, he's very friendly and he's open sa mga experience na pwede naming gawin habang nagte-taping.”

Smokey was also all praises for Xyriel Manabat, saying that it’s a joy to be able to work with a very charming and talented child star. “She’ll definitely go places. It’s not that often that you see a young girl that's so talented and so into her craft. Plus she has charisma to go with the profession that she's in right now. Kasi hindi ganon kadali humanap ng charismatic na bata eh. Siya yung tipong madaling lapitan, maamo, bibo at hindi mabigat yung dating niya sa tao. Kasi minsan kahit bata maantipakahan ka e. Pero si Xyriel she’s very charming, ’yun ang gusto ko sa kanya.”

He’s also impressed with the fact that Xyriel doesn’t need much coaching when it comes to her acting style. “Sa totoo lang wala na kaming kailangang ituro sa kanya kasi pagdating niya sa set, handa na siya, magte-take na lang. Siguro kung kailangan man ng konting adjustments, fina-fine tune na lang yung performance niya. But other than that, she's very capable pagdating sa role niya. She's always ready,” Smokey proudly added.