Matteo Guidicelli talks about his latest film project where he plays the role of a celebrity.
Even with a busy work schedule, Matteo Guidicelli also has a career as an athlete that comes with its own set of accomplishments. The 28-year-old actor said he always tries his best to balance and enjoy the best of both worlds despite how busy he gets. “I love it. If I didn’t like it I wouldn’t do it (laughs). People say, ‘How do you find the time to train?’ A few years ago I really trained even without sleep, I’d really be intense. But I’ve learned how to take a step back and be more realistic with my body and myself. It’s basically time management and balancing things.
“In showbiz it’s different because you’re kind of competing with yourself. It’s more like triathlon. Like in a scene it’s trying to be better from a previous scene. It’s like trying to step up your game always. So now it’s more like a triathlon. When I was racing it was about beating this other guy but now it’s more of yourself and trying to be a better version of yourself kumbaga,” he explained. Matteo is also preparing for the upcoming Cebu Ironman competition in August.
After joining showbiz more than a decade ago, Matteo said he will never take anything for granted. “Nothing’s ever easy. If you feel it’s easy then you’re too comfortable and it’s too comfortable. You shouldn’t be in that spot. You always need to be challenged. You always have to not feel like it’s easy. If it’s easy you have to reinvent it to something new. But I’ve never felt showbiz was easy. It was always a challenge. Every project and everything that you do, because there’s so many young kids and I’ve come to a point where I know what I want to do and I love what I’m doing. I love every project I’m doing so I’m not rushing anything. I’m just enjoying every project,” he explained.
With eight films under his belt, Matteo said he is ready to go into doing more serious film projects at this point in his career. “I’m doing an indie film in a few months. It’s with producer Bianca Balbuena. I worked with her for a film I did a few years ago called Saturday Night Chills. Siyempre excited ako to work with her. We’re working with a new Cebuano director. His name is Kerwin Go. The title is called Mina Anod. It’s based on a true story. It’s very, very interesting. Dennis Trillo is in it. So we haven’t started shooting. After this teleserye (Bagani), I want to ask ABS-CBN if we could focus more on films like that,” he shared.
The Bagani actor said he looks forward to playing an opportunistic celebrity in his newest project. “Basically the film is about when cocaine dropped in the oceans and it washed away to the shore. This happened in the ‘90s ata and then the locals saw the cocaine and did not know it was cocaine and they used it for sugar, for things like this. My role is a celebrity that comes in and knows what is is and takes advantage of the whole situation,” he said.