After starring in the web series Gameboys last year, actor Elijah Canlas takes on another lighthearted role as Sylvia Sanchez’s youngest son in the family drama Misis Piggy. His older siblings are played by Iana Bernardez and Ria Atayde, the latter of whom is also Sylvia’s daughter in real life.
“I play the role of Jeffrey, yung bunso ng tatlong magkakapatid. Sobrang pa-baby niya, ang lambing. Tapos lahat na lang parati siyang may side comment siya sa mga ganap kahit hindi naman siya kasali. Kaya I really had so much fun playing Jeffrey. And siyempre with these group of actors nakaka-inspire. Ang dami kong natutunan talaga,” he shared.
Compared to his onscreen role, Elijah admitted he and Jeffrey are not so similar.
“Malayo din. Middle child ako sa family namin. May pagka-competitive kami sa household namin.
“But I think yung similarity between me and Jeffrey is that si Jeffrey observer lang din sa family. Ako din yung usually medyo observer in the family. So mag-sa-side comment lang din ako from time to time (laughs).
“Maka-family din ako. Me and my mom have an aggressive relationship but I love her to death,” he admitted.
Compared to his recent BL roles, Elijah said doing Misis Piggy was not that big of a transition for him.
“Parang wala namang adjustments. Super safe pa ng role ko dito compared to the roles that I’ve done before. When I read the script, sobrang buo na ng mga characters. When I came on the set, it just came authentically na din. Kasi I didn’t have that much time to prepare eh. Kasi galing ako sa isa pang project, like literally a day before the shoot. I’m super grateful for this group and I’m super grateful for the wonderful material ni direk Carlo (Catu) talaga. Sobrang blessing niya,” he said.
Watch the iWantTFC series Misis Piggy starring Sylvia Sanchez, Ricky Davao, Ria Atayde, Elijah Canlas, Iana Bernardez, Rubi Rubi, Fino Herrera, Kyle Velino, and Nikko Natividad. Written and directed by Carlo Catu.