Movie actor na rin ang itinuturing na TV commercial and billboard heartthrob na si Sebastian Castro. Siya ang bida sa gay-themed film ni Direk Adolf Alix na ang title ay 4 Days na showing simula ngayong October 18. Partner niya sa pelikula si Mikoy Morales.
Ayon kay Sebastian, masaya siya na sa mundo ng pag-arte naman siya nalilinya ngayon.
“I’m very grateful na after nearly five years I actually have the chance to have a moment on the big screen,” reaksyon niya.
4 Days is the story about two men who slowly realize they’re more than best friends. Very relatable ito para kay Sebastian na umaming gay siya.
Hindi ba nakaapekto sa raket niya sa commercial at pagka-come-out niya that he’s gay?
“Well, the interesting thing is, instead of being more of a commercial model I started to become an endorser. So I think, coming out for me, it was my way of saying I’m not going to lie, my word has value if I say something, I mean it,” katwiran niya.
“I don’t put on a façade for whoever it is. I was able to endorse the biggest gay app in the world now which is Blued and I’m very happy to be able to back them. I am just generally happy. I think, for me, the over all message is don’t be scared to be who you are and own it,” hamon niya sa ibang gays na hindi pa nag-a-out.
Kelan ba niya na-realize na bading siya?
“May mga tao na nagsasabi, I knew it when I was six years old, sabi ko, ‘Ha, paano?’ At six years old I was just a kid, I wasn’t thinking about those things. So, me, I realized pretty late, I was 15 noon,” pag-amin niya.
Dagdag ni Sebastian, “I think some people do not realize that they could fall in love with a man until they are in their late 20s, sometimes 30s. So, depende talaga sa tao. Hindi lahat tayo parehas, di ba?”
Hindi rin itinanggi ng gwapong commercial model na nagkaroon siya ng girlfriends noon bago tuluyang nag-come out.
Napaisip muna si Sebastian bago nag-react. “It was very hard for me to deal with that point in my life because, of course, unfair sa girl.
“So, when I was in high school, in the very beginning, like I told you I’m kind a knew I was gay at 15 pero medyo in denial pa rin ako. So, yeah, I was that guy who had a few and one specific girlfriend ended up becoming my best friend.”
Pinatawad naman daw siya ng ex-GF niya sa panlilinlang at pagpapanggap na lalaki siya noon.
“She forgave me after she heard the story. Of course, she’s laughing at me but she understood where I was coming from. It’s hard to find out something about yourself na you’re different and the world’s going to judge you for it.
“But normal millennials, in fairness sa generation namin, we tend to be a little bit more open minded and more embracing of LGBT culture, so I’m very lucky,” sambit pa niya.
Walang boyfriend ngayon si Sebastian dahil kabi-break lang nilang dating TV Patrol reporter na si Ryan Chua who is now based in Beijing, China.
“Recently, on September 22 lang, my boyfriend and I just broke up. Ryan Chua and I, yung dating TV Patrol reporter was in a relationship for four years. It’s my only serious relationship.
“I didn’t have serious relationship most of my life, not with girls or not even with men because all of the people I’ve met were closeted and it was never a mature relationship in my opinion.
“But with Ryan, for four years, we chose to come out, we chose to unapologetically be ourselves, share our lives in social media and… ayun,” malungkot niyang kuwento.
Eh, ano ba ang dahilan ng breakup?
“Long distance ang number one reason. Kasi, siyempre Beijing (China) siya, ako dito sa Maynila. It’s just not realistic,” kaswal niyang sagot sa PUSH.