With his role as the merman Liro in Dyesebel, Sam Milby has admitted that speaking in pure Filipino would prove to be more difficult for him than donning the heavy monofin prosthetic as his costume.
This revelation was made by the Dyesebel star exclusively to Push.com.ph during the recently-concluded Kapamilya Trade Event. “Siyempre kasi wala namang sireno na nag-iingles. ‘Yun siguro ang pinaka-challenge sa akin more than yung pagsi-swimming,” he explained.
What were his preparations for the role? “‘Yung mga preparations ko siyempre merman ako dito so nag-training para maging merman. Monofin tapos ‘yung susuutin ko talaga na buntot, nag-practice rin kami for that. It was definitely difficult lalo na ‘yung actual na suot ng buntot. Hindi nakikita sa screen but it’s a bit heavy and hard to control,” he said.
But Sam reiterated that swimming with fins is something that he could eventually get used to and he sees it as a “fun experience.”
The Filipino-American singer is currently taking Tagalog lessons to hone his language skills. “Siguro naman kapag nag-start na ‘yung taping namin, I plan to have a tutor doon sa set para tutulungan niya ako,” he added.
After Dyesebel, Sam is positive that he would be better in speaking Tagalog. “Hindi hopefully. I believe words are powerful so sasabihin ko talaga na magiging dalubhasa na pagkatapos ng teleseryeng ito,” Sam claimed.
In a previous interview with Push, Sam has expressed a little dismay over not being able to perfect the language despite being in the country for quite a while now. He said his recurring roles might have contributed to his inability to speak Filipino fluently.
Acting-wise though, Sam thinks that his role on Dyesebel isn’t his hardest project to date. “Hindi naman pinaka-challenging pero siguro pinaka-challenging pagdating sa lenguahe kasi I found ‘yung last role ko sa Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala na challenging role talaga para sakin dahil kakaiba, gray role,” he shared. Sam previously took on the role of the abusive Eros Diomedes in the now-defunct serye which starred Judy Ann Santos and KC Concepcion.
Dyesebel starring Anne Curtis, Gerald Anderson, and Sam Milby is slated to be aired on ABS-CBN next month.