Zaijian Jaranilla says he feels like he has matured as an actor now.
Zaijian Jaranilla said he really enjoyed starring in four episodes of Wansapanataym
memorable po sa akin yung ‘Nicholas Layas’
episode, marami kasi akong natutunang lesson na dapat pag pinapagalitan ka ng magulang mo, huwag kang magagalit. Minsan po kasi pag pinapagalitan ka, naglalayas ka. Yun yung natutunan ko. Dun naman sa
first episode yung ‘Gagambuboy,’ yun yung pagpapahalaga sa mga animals na huwag mo silang sasaktan
,” he shared.
The 11-year-old actor admitted that after being part of many hit Kapamilya series like May Bukas Pa, Noah, Lorenzo’s Time, Wansapanataym, and Goin’ Bulilit, he has already noticed many changes in himself. “Marami po eh. Ngayon napapansin ko yung sarili na malaki eh dati ang liit-liit ko lang (laughs). At saka dati sobra kong kulit nun pero ngayon sakto lang. Parang mas behaved,” he said.
Zaijian also revealed his co-stars in May Bukas Pa also gave him important life lessons. “Since nag-start po ako, sila tito Dominic (Ochoa) at tito Lito (Pimentel), lahat ng mga nakasama ko sabi sa akin huwag daw akong yayabang, dapat laging maging mabait sa mga tao na nasa paligid mo,” he said.
Zaijian, who is currently a fifth grade student at Angelicum College in Quezon City, said he feels lucky to have been blessed with an opportunity to act. “Siyempre masaya ako dahil dati karaniwang bata lang po ako dati pero ngayon marami na pong nakakakilala tapos nagpapa-picture sila,” he said.
Zaijian said that even though he is now a celebrity, it does not necessarily mean he has stopped doing what he used to do before entering showbiz like riding public transportation. “Sumasakay pa rin po sa jeep pero minsan na lang po,” he added.
Now that he is currently concentrating on his studies, Zaijian said he is patient about waiting for his next project. “Wala pa pong bago pero kakatapos pa lang nung Wansapanataym ko. Masayang masaya ako kasi ang babait ng mga tao dun, ang saya-saya palagi. Maganda po yung experience ko dun,” he said.
When it comes finding inspiration, Zaijian said there is definitely one Kapamilya actor he wants to work with in the future. “Siyempre si John Lloyd Cruz. Idol ko po yun eh. kung magkakatrabaho kami, mas maganda siguro kung magkapatid kami, kasi baka tumanda siya eh, alam mo naman yun bata pa eh,” he said.
Zaijian can be seen again as Santino as the Filipino cable network channel Jeepney TV currently airs episodes of May Bukas Pa on Skycable channel 9. “Para sa mga naka-miss mapanuod yung show at saka para sa mga hindi pa nila napapanuod. Masayang masaya ako kasi ito yung show ko na dun ako nakilala dahil dati gusto ko lang maging artista tapos ngayon natupad na kaya ang saya-saya,” Zaijian said.