Thou Reyes says he has no problem playing different gay roles onscreen.
As part of the Metro Manila Film Festival New Wave
film entry Toto under US-based director John Paul Su, Thou Reyes said he played one of his most complex characters onscreen as Sid Lucero’s closest buddy Yam. "Akala ko it was going to be hard. The director and the producers got a good set of actors to work with. It’s my first time to work with Mara (Lopez), second time with Sid (Lucero) but it’s been a long time kasi sa Kung Fu Kids ko pa siya huling nakatrabaho and hindi naman kami talaga yung magka-eksena
,” he shared with PUSH. The movie also stars Liza Dino, Bembol Roco, Rafa Siguion-Reyna and Bibeth Orteza and will be shown in cinemas until December 24.
Playing complicated characters is always a challenge for Thou even though he has brought to life a diverse list of characters on TV and movies already. Thou said his role in Toto will be a big surprise to his fans. “Hindi siya palaging madali lalo na kung paiba iba palagi yung trabaho mo. Iba yung gusto nung director, iba yung gusto nung story. So itong si Yam na pangalan ng character ko sa Toto iba na naman kasi nakuha ko yung script and then I went to my handler and medyo iba itong character na ito sa mga nagawa ko. Pinag-usapan talaga namin ito ng handler ko na sinabi niya sa akin, ‘Are you sure, Thou?’ I did a lot of firsts here (laughs). So ayun let’s stick to that,” he admitted.
Toto the movie was shot in Pampanga and Thou said the timing was just right for him to accept the part. "This one kasi dumating before Pangako Sa ‘Yo
. Nag-lock in kami sa Angeles for I think two to three weeks. So sakto siya walang taping kumbaga nakapag-concentrate ako sa role na ito,” he said.
With his current role as Kathryn Bernardo’s bestie Takong on PSY, Thou said he appreciates how the audience reacted to his character. "You know what’s good with Takong is nagawa kong makita ng tao beyond the gender, Hindi siya nakilala as gay or bakla, nakilala siya as best friend. Na-try namin nung nag-tape kami sa isang public market. I was walking with my Takong outfit and then bestie yung tawag nila sa akin. Walang bumastos, hindi ko alam kung dahil sa laki ng katawan ko (laughs). Dun ko nalaman na hindi siya tinitingnan as bakla even though there’s nothing wrong about that. Pero tinitingnan siya as a best friend, as a kaibigang maaasahan kaya ang sarap lang nung pakiramdam. Nakakatawa kasi pag nakikita nila ako in public minsan hindi nila alam kung ako na ba talaga yun and nagtatalo pa sila kasi iba yung itsura ko. But that’s what I want. As a character actor you have the responsibility to make your characters so iconic na hindi malalaman ng tao na ikaw na yun in real life. That’s what I love about my job,” he explained.
Contrary to his onscreen image of playing homosexual roles, Thou said he is straight. "I really like morena girls. Physically morena but ngayon kasi pag mas tumatagal ka dito sa mundo, mas gusto mo na yung character. I think yung taong susuportahan ka sa chosen career mo like itong industry na ito hindi siya madali. I tried and hindi siya talaga madali kung hindi kayo pareho ng
goals so I think dapat malaman mo kung ano yung goal mo sa buhay tapos
stick to that. Tapos pag nakuha mo na then I think it will come easily pag kailangan mo na yung partner,” he shared.
But when he is doing PSY
and other movie projects, Thou said there is no time for love, not even for dating. "No. Yun nga wala.
I’m really focused because there’s no time. Totoo pala yun. Akala ko
joke lang pag sinasabi na
there’s no time because I’m really busy. Not naman
that I’m that busy but there’s really no time because we do tape Pangako Sa ‘Yo
M-W-F and usually pag
Tuesday and Thursdays we sleep and we rest. You rehabilitate yourself and your body tapos yung
Saturday and Sundays is for family na
and friends. So I don’t want to be unfair to my partner na
she can’t be like understanding everything so dapat talaga
set your goals and stick to that,” he said.
Watch Thou Reyes in Toto the movie from December 17 to 24 in the Metro Manila Film Festival New Wave category. Also starring Sid Lucero, Mara Lopez, Liza Dino, Bembol Roco, Rafa Siguion-Reyna and Bibeth Orteza. Directed by John Paul Su.