EXCLUSIVE: "Between Maybes" Star Gerald Anderson Reveals His Fears And Dreams Now That He's 30
Pinoy Big Brother alum and actor Gerald Anderson turned 30 last March, and while the idea of reaching this age used to terrify him, he now realizes that it isn't something to be scared of but faced head-on.
He is grateful for having opportunities that allowed him to be a better version of himself ever since he started out in showbiz in 2006. He thought being 30 meant that you should have your whole life figured out already, when it's actually still an exciting phase to explore different things and pursue various interests. Feeling bolder and much more boundless than ever, he tells Metro.Style, “I’m healthier, stronger, and things have more clarity now. I feel like there are so many things pa that I can do.”
Gerald prides himself in achieving some of his goals before turning 30, primarily those that have to do with his craft as an actor. “I’m just happy sa mga na-achieve ko with the movies and projects I was able to do. I’m very blessed that at the age of 30, I’m still doing it and I’m still pursuing my ambition and dream.”
He’s currently starring in Between Maybes—a Jason Paul Laxamana film that is now showing—which he said is “about finding yourself and about someone coming into your life for a purpose, not to stay but for a learning experience.”
In the flick, the former PBB housemate plays the role of Louie Puyat who later catches himself falling for famous Filipino actress Hazel Ilagan (Julia Barretto). Both are trying to figure out their lives in another country. When asked what it was like working with Julia, he described it as an amazing experience. “It’s always good to work with someone passionate, energetic, and ganado mag-work.”
The character of Louie experienced a kind of pain brought about by his family. “He’s heartbroken about his family so he becomes bitter and he puts up a wall pagdating sa ibang tao,” reveals Gerald as he shared a valuable piece of advice for moving on. “Whatever happens, kung may mga situation na you feel is pulling you down or masyadong mabigat, always move forward. It could be anything like staying productive or trying to focus on something that’s more positive.”
While he admitted it’s something that’s so easy to say yet so hard to do, he still thinks it’s the best way to get past a heartbreak. “You need to find something that you’re very passionate about that will help you move forward and keep you distracted from the pain. Through this, mailalabas mo 'yung stress mo, mailalabas mo 'yung sakit, then you’ll feel better after.”
Such emotional hardship sparked in his character the need for some peace and alone time. “'Yung character ko kasi is a loner talaga and he’s very quiet. He separates himself sa mga tao, sa relationships because of something na nangyari sa buhay niya with his family,” he declares. “I think 'yung quietness na hinahanap niya or 'yung quietness na gusto n'ya lagi, I have that same feeling. Gusto ko rin i-isolate ang sarili ko sometimes, although mas extreme si Louie, my character. In that way, I can relate to him,” continues Gerald, promising that while his character is more reserved and controlled, he will bring the emotions of the viewers on a rollercoaster ride. “Minsan akala mo dito pupunta 'yung kwento, then dito pala, to another emotion, another lesson, or another realization.”
The movie was filmed in a small yet beautiful and peaceful city in Japan called Saga City. “Kung hindi namin shinoot 'yung movie du'n, hindi talaga magwo-work,” he says, expressing joy in how fun it was to shoot a film abroad for the first time. “Napakaganda ng experience namin—good weather, good food, and ang ganda ng environment. Sa trailer pa lang, mararamdaman mo na.”
Gerald likewise declared Saga City as a great spot where one can explore not only the beauty of nature but also themselves and the things they're capable of. “Kung ikaw 'yung tipo ng tao na gusto ng alone time or soul searching, Saga City talaga ang perfect place. Sino ka kapag ikaw lang mag-isa? Sino ka kapag nailagay ka sa isang sitwasyon that you’re not comfortable in?”
When he’s not busy with showbiz commitments, Gerald dedicates time to activities that are good for his health and help him maintain a fit physique. His professional basketball debut started late last year, playing for Marikina Shoemasters of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL). This he does while also participating in racing competitions and managing his business venture The Th3rd Floor, a gym he recently opened in Diliman, Quezon City.
While he has already ticked a good number of items off his bucket list, he’s definitely not stopping anytime soon. “I still want to help as many people to stay fit, play basketball professionally pa, focus on my craft as an actor, and try to be the best racecar driver I can be. Ang dami ko talagang ginagawa at gustong gawin sa buhay,” he says with so much excitement. That’s why his answer didn’t come as a surprise when asked how he’d describe his life now in one word: “Gratitude,” he concludes.
Produced by Grace Libero-Cruz
Photography by Gee Plamenco Jr.
Creative direction by Chookie Cruz
Grooming by Sonson
Styling by Joey Espiritu
Shoot assistants: Judy Arias and Angelica Montoro