After being offered to play one of the lead roles in the newest kapamilya sweetcom My Papa Pi which starts airing next month, Pepe Herrera said he immediately jumped at the chance to work again with director Cathy Garcia-Molina as well as co-stars Piolo Pascual and Pia Wurtzbach.
“Matagal ko na sila gusto makatrabaho. Si direk Cathy (Garcia-Molina) gusto ko makatrabaho ulit kasi siya yung first director ko sa TV sa Forevermore nung 2014. After nun hindi ko na siya nakatrabaho ulit. Tapos si Pia at saka si Piolo nakikita ko lang sa TV or sa ASAP mga hi hello lang. Na-ku-curious ako sa kanila eh. I want to get to know them and hopefully be friends with them. Nandito na nga, nagkatotoo na. Yehey,” he shared during the My papa Pi mediacon.
In the series, Pepe plays the role of Popoy who has a twin brother named Pipoy (Piolo). Popoy is also in love with resident beauty Tere (Pia). In real life, Pepe said he discovered that he and Piolo also have a lot in common.
“Ang kuwento ng My Papa Pi ay tungkol sa isang kambal na si Popoy at si Pipoy at tungkol sa aming community, ang Mapag-asa Street, isang halimbawa ng simple pero mapagmahal at nagkakaisa na komunidad ng Pilipino. Ang nanaig na pakiramdam ko pagtanggap ko nitong role is excited. Kasi katulad ni PJ, mahilig ako sa halaman at saka sa mga hayop. Yun lang inaatupag ko pag walang trabaho. Pero siyempre, from time to time you want a break from routine, ang sarap ng creative outlet. At saka mahilig talaga ako sa tao talaga eh. I’m very, very curious. Na e-energize ako pag nakikipagkuwentuhan at saka pag may bagong nakikilala. Kaya I’m very, very excited. Eh sinabi ko matagal ko na siyang gusto makatrabaho,” he admitted.
After doing various roles on stage and in TV and movies, Pepe said he feels very grateful and blessed to be offered his biggest television role to date. The 34-year-old actor said the preparation for doing live shows and teleseryes are not that different.
“Kasi sa training namin sa theater, it doesn’t matter kung maiksi yung buhok or mahaba, puwede naman mag-wig, puwede naman mag-costume. Puwede mag-transform through costume and makeup. Although sobrang blessing in disguise na maiksi yung buhok ko ngayon at maiksi din ang buhok ni papa Pi. Baka blessing in disguise or divine intervention,” he said.
When it comes to doing comedy, Pepe also revealed who are his inspirations both in and outside the country. “Unang una, wala akong tinitingala pero meron akong tinutularan. Yung isa patay na, si Robin Williams. Yung buhay pa si Jim Carrey at Dave Chapelle. Silang tatlo. Sa local si Dolphy number one,” he added.
Watch My Papa Pi every Saturday, 7 pm starting March 5 on Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, A2Z, iWantTFC, and TFC. Follow Star Creatives on Twitter Facebook, and Instagram for more exciting announcements about the show, which will be coming soon this March on various ABS-CBN platforms.