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Markus Paterson says he does not believe in long-distance relationships: ‘I just don’t like it’

Actor Markus Paterson shares why he can relate to his hopeless romantic role in MMK.

Markus Paterson says he does not believe in long-distance relationships: ‘I just don’t like it’-Rhea Manila Santos
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08/20/2022 08:39 AM
Markus Paterson says he does not believe in long-distance relationships: ‘I just don’t like it’
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After acting in Maalaala Mo Kaya this month, Markus Paterson revealed that even though his onscreen role as Greg got into an online relationship with the character portrayed by Heaven Peralejo in the “Strangers Online” episode, the Fil-British actor admitted he does not believe in having a virtual relationship himself.

“Nakaka-relate ako kasi parang nasaktan si Greg because he was in a long-distance relationship and his girlfriend cheated on him so na-trauma na siya sa long distance. Wala naman akong trauma sa long distance, I just don’t like it for my personal preference. Nakaka-relate naman ako sa pagka-hopeless romantic niya. Grabe si Greg magmahal. The way he expresses his love is so pure and so honest so it wasn’t hard relating to him at all,” he shared.

READ: Markus Paterson on working with Heaven Peralejo on MMK: ‘We have that connection that just comes naturally’


Even after six years in showbiz, Markus revealed he did experience some anxiety when he is on the set of an acting project.

“Ang masasabi ko lang, sa lahat ng mga workshops na ginawa namin nung sobrang bata pa kami ni Heaven (Peralejo), like we did workshops when we were 16-17, all I can say is all those workshops really don’t prepare you when you’re standing in front of cameras and everybody depending on you to give a good performance for the first time.

“Kasi ang workshop it’s an intimate session in a room where sometimes there’s cameras and sometimes there’s not. But when you’re on a full set, it’s something else. That’s what I realized.

“Grabe ang daming nakadepende sa akin na magbigay ng good performance. The amazing thing about it is the more work you do, I wouldn’t say it becomes easier but it becomes lighter for you because I would say technical ability becomes easier when you think about it from a technical standpoint. But you’re always going to be learning more about yourself with every project that you do,” he explained. 

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In 2020, Markus starred in his first MMK episode “Grow Old With You” and has been looking forward to doing more projects with the country’s longest running drama anthology.

“It’s the learning experience. Because with each MMK it’s really awesome to learn the beautiful stories of these people that you are portraying. It’s very, very fun. Kahit sobrang mabigat and madaming iyakan scenes it’s very, very fun because you learn more about yourself as an actor.

“I think I’ve done four or five MMK episodes. The first three were very, very small roles as I was just joining the industry. And they still treated me amazing. I love MMK. My last MMK where I was lead was with Ms. Teresa (Loyzaga) it was such a fun learning experience. I hope sana in the future mas madami pa sanang opportunities from MMK,” he admitted. 

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Even though he is being paired onscreen with other leading ladies, the 24-year-old actor said Janella Salvador, with whom he has a son named Jude Trevor, is supportive of his career. “Yes of course. We’re very mature about our jobs. It’s just work. We support each other,” he added. 

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