Michael De Mesa admits he misses acting on television.
relocating to the United States more than five years ago, Michael De Mesa revealed
that he and his wife decided to move back to the country for good. The talented
actor, who is set to play the role of Oliver Warbucks in the upcoming stage
musical Annie, cited professional
reasons for their decision. "I’m back here now.
Before I was based in America and then I would come here for work. But since I’m
here most of the time, we decided to go. My wife and I decided to come back. So
based here now,” he told Push.com.ph.
Annie the musical actor said he looks
forward to acting on stage again after doing another popular musical in the
country last year. "I’m very excited. After La Cages Aux Folles which I did last
year which was my comeback after six years so Annie I think is just the right vehicle to do after La Cages. Definitely this role is tamer.
But the character is totally different. Not naman tamed but different talaga. I
can play any role. Actually gay, straight, dark, light roles—they’re
all the same. I treat them the same way. There’s actually no
difference in creating the character or building the role,” he admitted.
musical was something Michael admitted his entire family is already familiar
with. "When my kids were growing up, I made them watch the movie. And then
now that I have grand kids, they’ll be watching it
also. So I’ve
seen the movie Annie, the old
original one and the new version. I think I’ll be the fourth Daddy
Warbucks to do it in the Philippines. Because Repertory Philippines has done it
years back and the actors that portrayed Daddy Warbucks are great actors. You’ll have
to watch it to see the difference (laughs),” he added.
the musical, Michael has been rehearsing almost every day with the two young
stars alternating for the lead role: Krystal Brimner and Isabeli Elizalde.
“Masarap katrabaho. Ang maganda dito sa mga bata they’re very open. At saka
madali silang kausap. But of course children will always be children pero
madali silang kausap and ako ang dating sa akin, I’m really working with
colleagues eh. Kasi para silang professionals lalo na si Krystal has experience
in film and now she’s doing theater. Si Isabeli has no experience
whatsoever. This is her very first pero magaling yung bata. She shows a lot of
promise in terms of singing and acting department meron yung batang yan. She’ll
go a long, long way,” he explained.
being part of successive stage productions, does this mean the 56-year-old
actor is focusing on theater? "I want to (do teleseryes). I’m
not letting go of teleseryes and films. It’s different kasi so I’m
blessed to be able to do all, theater, film, and TV. For me naman whatever
comes along, I’ll
grab it if it interests me. If it challenges me I’ll say yes to it,” he
Annie starts its run on September 30,
Michael shared why the story remains relevant even after more than three decades.
the message of the whole play, the story about an orphan who just wants to have
parents to love her regardless of time period. I think even for today akma pa
rin siya kasi it basicallt speaks about love and acceptance,” he said.