“Nong pinresent sa akin ang story, ito na ‘yung role na pinangarap ko, ang tagal kong hinintay ‘tong role na ‘to,” Enchong Dee remarked when asked about his new role in Muling Buksan ang Puso.
The actor shared that he feels the weight of the responsibility now that he will be starring in a major show again. “Mas mataas ngayon [ang pressure] kasi nga rare opportunity na binigyan ka ng pagkakataon na kakatapos lang ng serye mo tapos ito na naman, Hulyo na agad, tapos may pelikula pa, parang sisiguraduhin mo na kung anong mapapanood nila sa ibang show, hindi nila mapapanood dito,” he said.
Enchong revealed that he will be portraying a “gray” character in the soap. When asked if this is going to be reminiscent of Coco Martin’s role in Tayong Dalawa and Paolo Avelino’s in Walang Hanggan, he remarked, “I think ‘yun ‘yung challenge don is to differentiate ‘yung character na gagawin ko from the great performances of Coco Martin and Paolo Avelino. It’s a great challenge kasi nalagpasan nila ‘yun, they can be bida, they can be kontrabida.” The actor admitted that he’s still testing the waters when it comes to his new role. “Sa ngayon nasa discovering stage pa lang ako.”
On the issue of favoritism, knowing that he just starred in a major teleserye and now he’s top-billing another soap, Enchong responded, “Siguro kung favoritism bakit ngayon lang? Ang tagal ko na sa ABS. Siguro nakita lang nila na handa akong magtrabaho 24/7. Wala sa akin kung hindi ako makakatulog, hindi ako magrereklamo. Siguro ‘yun ‘yung mga bagay na nakikita nila.”
Is he open to the possibility that he might be typecast in gray characters in the future after this project? “If I can sustain my self as an actor with that kind of role I don’t mind because I know I can perform tsaka again sa ABS-CBN, hindi naman porket kontrabida ‘yung ginagawa nila kontrabida na lahat. They give you experimental characters, binibigyan ka nila ng pagkakataon to improve yourself,” he said.
Enchong considers this year as the most fruitful one. But he is quick to comment that just like everybody else in showbiz he had his moments when he needed to wait for a while. ”Pana-panahon lang, I mean dumating din naman ako sa punto na nagtatanong kung ano ang susunod na gagawin, nag-aantay. Pag kasi dumating sa’yo, huwag mong pakakawalan, huwag kang maarte, huwag magcomplain,” he said.