Paulo Avelino shares how he got into character to play Filipino hero Gregorio Del Pilar.
With more than a decade in showbiz, Paulo Avelino said working on the historical epic based on the life of young hero Gregorio Del Pilar was a definite highlight of his career. “It was definitely an amazing experience but at the same time it was hard to mount because it’s one of the hardest things to do when you’re working with 500 to a thousand people ang hirap i-block, ang hirap ayusin. Ang init pa ng set namin, yung iba talaga napapagod, naiinitan, nahihimatay. Pero it was an amazing experience,” he shared.
As an actor, Paulo said he was changed after the whole experience. “This one definitely (changed me) like people change every now and then depending on what they’ve experienced or gone through and it’s the same with actors. We learn from every project. As the saying goes, ‘You are [only] as good as your last project.’ So I try to give something different every time I tackle a new role,” he explained.
Apart from the acting, Paulo says that physically he also had to do some preparations as well. “They didn’t require me (to change) but seeing how people were before (during Goyo’s time) ang papayat nila eh. So we lost weight for Goyo. I got a bit darker pero nung middle part pumuputi ulit. Sila na bahala dun. But when I started Goyo payat talaga ako and dark (laughs),” he said.
The 29-year-old actor also shared the diet and fitness routine he had throughout their shooting. “I didn’t weigh it pero I was payat. Lahat sila pinapagalitan na ako eh. Kulang na lang tawagin nila akong adik (laughs). Ngayon kasi there’s no time to work out. I definitely cut down on carbs but I still tried my best to keep a balanced diet and nutrition. I did more cardio all the time. Now I don’t eat meat. It’s been almost three years na. I eat fish from time to time, an ovo pescetarian diet. It’s more of a personal thing. Number one I don’t really enjoy eating animals and I feel sad when I see them crying and about to be slaughtered. Second thing is healthy reasons lang,” he added