With his film Ngayon Kaya still showing in cinemas this week, Paulo Avelino said that he related to his role of the shy working student Harold who ends up forming a band with his rich classmate AM (played by Janine Gutierrez). Paulo shared what he looks back on in his life as his “what if” moment.
“In terms of my career, I did a fair share of good and bad projects. But what if it is something in general. Parang I just wish that I could’ve handled so many stuff better in terms of my career, my decision makings, and also my budgeting (laughs). So yan ang what if ko,” he admitted.
Prior to working on Ngayon Kaya, Paulo said it was a coincidence that in previous roles in films like I’m Drunk, I Love You and Larawan, he was also shown as musically oriented.
“I actually don’t know. Hindi naman ako magaling kumanta pero lagi akong napipilit kumanta sa mga pelikula (laughs). I enjoy actually doing roles like this because it challenges me and there’s also that discipline that you have to stand by when you do roles like this. But I’ve actually always been wanting to do roles like this kasi ito rin talaga yung music na kinalakihan ko eh. Yung music na ginagamit dito, at sa I’m Drunk I Love You. in the future I’m planning to do something that’s a bit closer to my heart. It’s also about music ng kabataan ko or natin. Hopefully matuloy,” he revealed.
Aside from being one of the lead stars, Paulo also took on his role as a co-producer of the film with equal seriousness.
“In terms of this film, T-Rex basically handled all of the producing stuff but I’ve produced a lot of stuff before as well and I would say that it’s two different things because when you act, it’s more of your character and it’s more of what you feel. It’s more of someone else that’s not you.
“As a producer you have to be hands on with everything. You have to know the budget and what’s really happening on the set and you have to just nitpick everything so you can make sure that the quality and you’re not going overbudget sa mga pelikula.
“It’s two different things but usually when I co-produce a project I’m acting in, I don’t really meddle in too much on the producing side because it distracts me from the character especially if it’s something too demanding physically and mentally. I just like wearing different hats all the time. We discuss difficult things outside and not during the set. So when you’re on the set you just have to focus on acting,” he explained.
Ngayon Kaya stars Paulo Avelino and Janine Gutierrez along with Alwyn Uytingco, John James Uy, Donna Cariaga, Haley Dizon, and Rio Locsin. Directed by Prime Cruz. Produced by T-Rex Entertainment and co-produced by WASD Films.