Budding actor Ken Anderson, who is best known for being the brother of Kapamilya hunk Gerald Anderson, is slowly making a name of his own in showbiz. Ken played the role of Miguel in the psychological thriller Bitukang Manok by Alec Figuracion which was one of the 10 finalists of the recently-concluded Cinema One Originals 2014 Film Festival.
Ken revealed Bitukang Manok is actually not his debut film. “My second film pero it was a big jump from my first film kasi my first film was called Marka, an anti-bullying movie and I played the bully so all I had to do was beat up on people,” he shared.
Given that, Ken shared that he was thrilled when he got the project. “When I got this role, it was a whole different kind of change talaga. I had to learn how to smoke and I think that was the hardest part.”
It was actually his brother with whom he first called to share the good news. “He was in the States and I told him, because I was nervous about it kasi medyo bida na ako dito,” Ken shared. “He told me that, ‘You just have to focus. Focus on your role, focus on your character and try to block out any negative thing that distracts you.’”
Although it might seem that Gerald fully supports Ken’s decision to dabble in showbiz, the younger Anderson shared that his brother actually didn’t want him to be part of showbiz. “A couple of years ago when I told him na gusto kong mag-showbiz he didn’t want me to go in talaga because he knew na showbiz is a very dark and shadowy world,” Ken shared.
He continued, “And he told me that people will try to break you down and they will compare you to me and people will hate you and tell you that you’re not a good actor.”
Now, Ken said, his brother has softened up about his former stance and has in fact shifted to being his mentor. “Now that he kind of sees me na medyo tuloy-tuloy na ang projects ko, he’s giving me advice na ‘No matter if they compare us, we’ll always be brothers,’” Ken said.
Ken admitted that he used to mind being compared to his older brother. But his perspective has changed these days saying that, “If I would be compared to my brother that would be a blessing because I know he’s a great actor.”