With his film The Boy Foretold by the Stars currently part of the Metro Manila Film Festival this year, model-turned-actor Keann Johnson said he used to be painfully shy before joining showbiz.
“I used to be very introverted. I don’t really talk to people when I was in high school because I just studied, go home. There was this girl I liked and I have this little plan because it’s the only time I got to express my emotions so I asked advice from my mom what I should do. And I got myself prepared physically and mentally na on Valentine’s day I’m going to surprise her and tell her how I feel. I bought her gifts and then in the end, she rejected me. But that’s going to be a huge scar in my life. When you mention high school, I remember that agad. Ang sad pakinggan pero parang ganun din, I was destined to be with her. Alam mo yung feeling na binilhan ko siya ng necklace, ng earrings tapos I said I have a crush on you, I think you’re really pretty and smart. Sabi niya, ‘Ay sorry may gusto akong iba.’ Ang sakit pakinggan (laughs). Pero yun yung destiny ko. I’m not destined to be with her,” he shared.
When it comes to acting, Keann revealed he looks up to Hollywood star Johnny Depp. “Yung pinaka-idol ko talaga is Johnny Depp because obviously you all know that his type of acting is very versatile. He can be anything and anyone in any role he’s given and I kind of look up to that. That’s why I also took this role because I want to be someone like that din. I want to be versatile in acting that’s why I look up to Johnny Depp,” he said.
Even though he plays an innocent high school student in The Boy Foretold by the Stars, Keanna said he has always wanted to try doing villain or action-type roles.
“Kasi I do not see myself doing those things and I want to challenge myself to try roles na outside my comfort zone and norm. Rubi Rubi is an awesome mentor to me, and very supportive when teaching us our strengths and weaknesses. I fell in love with acting ever since I did my Lucky Me Commercial, where I was able to portray someone else in a very emotional and different level. I realized na gusto ko pala yung ganon, so I pursued acting after that,” he explained.
Currently single, Keann said his ideal partner would be someone funny, smart, God-fearing and an animal lover. He also revealed his ultimate crush at the moment.
“It’s Catriona Gray because she emulates all the characteristics I admire in a person, plus her advocacies are aligned with mine, and she is so talented, grounded, and super kind. So she really is one of my all-time favorites foreign or local,” he addsed.
The Boy Foretold by the Stars stars Keann Johnson and Adrian Lindayag and is directed by Dolly Dulu.