On Tonight with Boy Abunda, one of the stars of the film Dukot, Ricky Davao talked about being a parent onscreen and off-screen.
In the film, Ricky plays the father to the characters of Shaina Magdayao and Enrique Gil. “I’ve worked with Shaina before and si Shaina, ang galing na – bata pa lang siya, child actress pa lang, meron na.
“Si Quen, I’ve worked with him last year,” he said. “Pero si Quen – he’s an actor. He’s very serious. Lahat ng traits of a good actor meron siya. Sabi ng the great Lino Brocka, ‘to be a great actor, first and foremost, you have to be a good person.’ And he’s a very good person.”
He added, “He’s a good listener. He’s very loving. On the set, ang sarap niyang kasama.”
The actor shared one of his memorable scenes with Quen. “I had a scene with him, very dark. It was Enrique Gil, me, and Christopher de Leon. Close-ups, lumapit ako sa kanya, close-up na close-up. Tapos [binanggit ko mga linya ko] yung camera sumunod sa akin, then napunta kay Christopher de Leon. Tapos bumalik yung camera sa mukha niya. And he was already crying ha. Pero pagbalik sa kanya, 1-2-3 tumulo ang luha [niya]. Kinikilabutan ako.”
“It’s a moment! It’s a magical moment,” he said praising Quen.
In real life, “Sabi ng mga anak ko, I’m a cool dad.”
One of Ricky’s children came out to him last year as a lesbian. “First time niyang binanggit sa akin ito nagulat ako. Hindi ako nagalit. Nagulat ako. Kasi sabi ko, ‘gusto ko magkaroon ng apo sa ‘yo.’ Bottomline it’s respect. It’s, ‘I love you. Kung ano mang gusto mo, gawin mo. I will support you.”
Asked if Ricky remains friends with ex-wife Jackie Lou Blanco, he replied, “Oo naman.”