He is one of the most sought-after leading men in local showbiz, with a career spanning 25 years and dozens of films and TV shows to his name.
So fans would be surprised to know that Piolo Pascual, too, had gone through his fair share of struggles and hardships upon starting his career in showbiz.
This is what Piolo, 43, revealed during the May 5 episode of the "Extend the Love Cinema: Actor's Cue" online fundraiser, where he was joined by fellow actors from Asia for a virtual roundtable discussion on acting.
"Cinema, for me, growing up, was a like a dream, a fantasy," began Piolo.
"It was something that's unreal. It was larger than life, something bigger than your imagination. That's how it was for me back then. Growing up, that was my exposure, but when I became an actor, everything changed, because it became my work," he continued.
"My motivation was just to really earn and work. When I was young, I was really shy, I was really insecure. It was hard for me to enter the business. But it was something I wanted to do to get something done," he added.
According to Piolo, it was when he began a career in acting that he became passionate about his job.
"When I became an actor, it became serious. That's when I realized it has got to be passion that is driving you. It can't be just about work. You have to give it your best, you have to give it your 100%," Piolo said.
The two-hour live stream, which also involved Rhydian Vaughan of Taiwan and Nicholas Saputra of Indonesia, with Filipino filmmaker Adolfo Alix, Jr. as moderator, was for the benefit of displaced film workers amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. It has raised nearly P160,000 as of Monday, May 4.