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Theater actor Joey Paras credits Eugene Domingo and Wenn Deramas for his success

'Momzillas' actor Joey Paras gets his big break in upcoming comedy film 'Bekikang.'

BY RHEA MANILA SANTOS

Twitter: @allaboutmanila

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9/28/2013 10:05 PM
Theater actor Joey Paras credits Eugene Domingo and Wenn Deramas for his success


092813-John_Main.jpgAfter playing the role of Eugene Domingo's gay sibling in Momzillas, comedian Joey Paras will be launched in Bekikang, a movie written and directed by Wenn Deramas. The movie is said to be inspired by Direk Wenn's own life story and Joey said he feels very blessed to have been chosen to play the lead role.

He credits his success to direk Wenn, who discovered him while watching a play. “Dahil po yan kay Eugene Domingo at Direk Wenn Deramas, dun po nagsimula ang lahat. Ginawa namin ni Uge yung play na Bona. Dini-deny ni Uge pero feeling ko utang na loob ko sa kanya ang lahat kasi doon ako napanuod ni direk Wenn. He invited me to do a role sa Kahit Puso'y Masugatan at doon na nagsimula ang lahat ng mga bagay bagay,” he said.

After making his mark in movies like Sisterakas, Bwakaw, Bromance: My Brother’s Romance, and Dance of the Steel Bars, Joey is now working on the upcoming Vice Ganda starrer Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy. In his most recent film Momzillas, Joey admitted he also enjoyed working with the Diamond star Maricel Soriano for the second time around. “Yung first is nung nag-cameo si Inay Mary sa indie ko na Last Supper No.3, yung first lead role. Mas maganda yung experience ko ngayon kasi mas nakilala ko siya at saka dito ko na-realize na the big stars ay mas disiplinado pa sa mga baguhan. Maaga siya dumarating at saka ang saya saya lang namin. Minsan nga pag nag-pa-pack up na kami ayaw pa naming umuwi. Masaya si Inay Mary, nagbibigay pa yan ng mga regalo, ganyan,” he explained.

Joey credited his start in showbiz to theater, which is his first love. “Nag-start ako sa teatro. I used to be part of Tanghalang Pilipino Actors Company. Akala nung iba stand-up comedian ako kasi bading yung mga ginagawa kong roles, yung mga ginagawa nila Vice na dating mga stand-up comedians sa wide screen. Pero ako po galing ako sa teatro, doon ako nag-start. After doing theater, nagbanda din ako abroad tapos when I came back to the Philippines gumawa ako ng konting soap hanggang dumating yung Last Supper No. 3 for Cinemalaya. Yun na siguro yung biggest break ever na natanggap ko. It won best film nung 2009, andun ako sa kabilang istasyon for three years, gumawa ng mga soap hanggang ginawa ko na yung play with Eugene Domingo tapos nakita na ako ni Direk Wenn. Eto na po ako ngayon,” he shared.

The talented comedian also won best supporting actor in this years' Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival awards for his role as an online scammer in Babagwa (The Spider’s Lair). But because of his busy schedule, he admitted he won't be able to join the film's screening abroad as it has also been invited to different international film festivals. “Gusto ko pong sumama pero hindi ko pa sure kung makakasama kaming mga actors pero for now, parang na-invite yung Babagwa sa apat na film festivals sa Hawaii, sa Canada, sa Australia at isa pa yata. Gusto ko sana talaga sumama,” he admitted.

In Bekikang, Joey is joined by Tom Rodriguez, Tirso Cruz III, Janice de Belen, Nikki Valdez, Malou de Guzman, Carla Humphries, Atak Arana, Lassy, and JM Ibanez. It opens in theaters nationwide starting October 23. 

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