As part of the cast of the latest iWantTFC original BL series Love Beneath the Stars, actor Victor Silayan said that his role as the basketball coach of Keann Johnson’s character in the six-episode series was a good fit for him both on and off screen.
“I’m actually a good guy in this story kasi I’m actually a father figure kay Keann so I give him advice. Compared sa mga past roles na ginagawa ko, it’s an interesting one. And I’m super grateful to be a part of this show especially na kailangan lumevel lahat ng mga characters and it’s so nice to be working with people na coming from the theater world. It’s always an honor and a pleasure to be working with people coming from the theater world,” he said.
As part of a Boys’ Love series, Victor said he also hopes that through the show, standards in society could also be improved like the problem of toxic masculinity.
“Back in the days kasi the gold standard of men should be dapat masculado talaga, balbas sarado, tapos hindi ka puwedeng mahina. As soon as makita yan ng mga tao, diyan na nagsisimula yun toxic masculinity eh. But again, it’s a new era and we’re living in a time where it’s okay to be soft. We welcome that. Who wants to be bullied? I hate bullies. I will bully that bully. I’m that type of person and it’s respect at the end of the day. Tao pa rin yung sa kabila.
“In the showbiz industry and in the modeling industry, I’ve been immersed with the whole community and we’re all human beings, we all share the same human values and it’s sad na may snippets pa rin ng what used to be the standard of a male figure. And it’s good that we are changing our perspectives about this. Not totally but it’s a huge step already and this show is on that side showing na hey it’s okay to stand up for who you are and what you believe in because we’re all human beings at the end of the day.
“We share the same space, we live in the same planet. Tanggapin natin kung ano sila. Huwag tayong maging toxic. Huwag natin ipalaganap yung stereotype na ang lalaki ganito, ang babae ganyan. Sana dumating yung araw na matanggap ng marami na madami tayong iba’t ibang personalities na dapat matanggap. Kung sino tayo, yun tayo. Sana matanggap ng marami. Some day sana ma-tackle din yung bakit natatakot yung madaming tao na i-express yung sarili nila. Sana mabigyan boses din yung madami lalong lalo na even straight guys, na huwag kayong matakot i-express feeling niyo, huwag kayo matakot maglambing sa tropa niyo, to say I love you. Kasi nararamdaman niyo naman yun eh. Kung nararamdaman niy ipakita niyo at sabihin niyo,” he explained.
Even when he was younger, the 29-year-old actor and model said he saw the challenges of being part of the LGBT community.
“Growing up I’ve seen a lot of it. Siguro elementary ako nakikita ko maraming mga classmates ko ang na-bu-bully because may soft side sila. I’ve realized na may soft side din talaga yung mga lalake. It’s just that yung culture natin as a Filiipino napalaki tayo na kailangan yung lalake ganito, kailangan yung lalake makisig, kailangan yung lalake hindi malambot. Pero I’ve realized that we’re just human beings. Marami pa tayong hindi na-di-discover na mga personalities sa sarili natin.
“Even yung mga guys, unti unti nilang nadi-discover na may soft side din sila. It’s just that marami ngayon yung natatakot lang talaga. Ang daming natatakot na mga guys ngayon na i-express yung soft side nila because yung culture dito sa Pilipinas is parang na-impose sa atin na kailangan yung lalake parang makisig lang. It hurts me kasi it’s a matter of respect nga. Respeto lang kasi may puso din tayo. Marami din tayong pagkukulang, madami din tayong imperfections sa buhay natin. It’s just that kailangan lang natin i-accept kung ano yung meron sa isa’t isa,” he added.
By watching Love Beneath the Stars, Victor hoped that it can help inspire more people to be confident about who they are.
“The message is to not be afraid to come out, to be true and honest with yourself. Self-respect nga. And to also respect the school rules. The rules are there for a reason. But also hopefully schools of today would adjust and recognize it and hopefully something is done in support of this issue to promote kindness and not to tolerate bullying and to love one another despite the preference. I think that would be my message.
“I don’t have any children yet. I do have a fiancée and hopefully someday we’ll have our own children. But if faced with that situation, I live by the motto that I want to be honest and true to myself. So it’s the same thing that I’d like my children to have and believe. As a parent, you want to be there to guide them and if there is always nahihiya, it’s going to be difficult for a parent to guide their child. You want to give them the utmost guidance. I’d love to support what he or she is up with,” he shared.