As part of the hit Primetime Bida series Got to Believe, Benjie Paras admitted he is enjoying his newest role as Chito Tampipi, loving father to Kathryn Bernardo’s character Chichay, who works and lives in a carnival. The series revolves around the love story between Kathryn’s and Daniel Padilla’s characters who continually cross paths at different stages of their lives.
The former basketball player-turned-actor admitted he feels lucky to be part of such a good cast. “Asawa ko dito si Manilyn Reynes and anak namin si Kathryn and lumaki siya sa perya and dito nagsimula lahat, dito niya na-meet si Daniel at dito lahat na-reveal kung ano yung buhay sa bawat isa sa amin,” he shared. Benjie admitted he was especially impressed by working with teen actress Kathryn. “Masaya lang dahil unang una masaya siya katrabaho, magaan, very professional at magaling na bata,” he told Push.com.
Benjie also admitted it feels good to be back at ABS-CBN after more than a decade doing projects in other networks. “Mabuti naman ako dahil I think it was year 2000 nung nagtrabaho ako dito sa ABS-CBN and ngayon lang ako nakagawa ulit ng teleserye,” he said.
When it comes to his personal life, Benjie said he would rather not comment on the ongoing issue between his ex-wife Jackie Forster and their two sons Kobe and Andre. Benjie said things have settled down and his family life is peaceful right now. “Sa ngayon kasi pag nag-comment ako hindi matatapos. So I'd rather not comment, yun lang. Okay naman. So far okay naman kaming lahat,” he said.
When asked to comment about his friend Raymart Santiago's current marital problems, the Got to Believe actor said he hopes his friend will keep strong even though they do not discuss personal issues. “Sa ngayon hindi, never pa kaming nagkakausap although meron lang siyang mga tinatanong sa akin. Meron siyang kailangan tungkol sa business pero aside from that wala na. Dati naman kaming magkasama noon dahil may show kami dati and then pag merong mga kainan, nagkakasama sama kami. Sa tingin ko naman lahat naman tayo, yung pagsubok hindi naman darating sa atin yan kung hindi natin kaya,” he said.
As for the Temporary Protection Order (TPO) filed against Raymart by Claudine Barretto, Benjie admitted he finds it hard to believe his friend has done anything to merit such an action. “Well, sa tagal kong kilala sila, sa tagal kong kakilala si Raymart, parang hindi naman yata kayang gawin ni Raymart yun,” he said.