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Though he would want to keep his personal life private, Gerald Anderson knows his fame won’t allow it

For Gerald Anderson, fame comes with a price he has come to terms with – the loss of privacy.

Gerald Anderson (Photo by Samuel Abad/Manila Bulletin)

The actor has been living his life in the public eye for 11 years now and so he is used to everything that goes with it, both good and bad.

“Minsan ay awkward din na bigla-bigla kapag interviews ay tatanungin ako sa personal kong buhay,” he said in an exclusive interview with Bulletin Entertainment. “Pero I share (those details) because I’m a public figure.”

He understands many people are interested in his love life so “shini-share ko kung ano ’yung kaya kong i-share.”
This includes, to an extent, certain things about his relationship with his exes as Kim Chiu, now a co-star on the ABS-CBN series “Ikaw Lang Ang Iibigin.”

“Wala eh ganun talaga, ’di maiiwasan na itanong sa akin (ang tungkol sa kanila).”

Gerald also understands the way critics think.

“Kapag ’di ka nagsalita parang may tinatago ka. Kapag naman nagsalita ka, may masasabi pa din.”

He cited one of his favorite gossip items about him; that allegedly, he has three kids in the province.

“Tinatawanan ko na lang ’yun,” he said. “Meron pa nga, nakita daw ako sa restaurant eh nu’ng time na ’yun, nasa abroad ako. So sabi ko na lang ‘Paano nangyari ’yun?’”

The actor just keeps his mouth shut on all of these and simply focuses on work.

“Sa bashers hindi ka mananalo diyan. So mag-focus na lang sa trabaho para naman maibalik ko naman ’yung suportang binibigay sa akin ng ibang tao,” he said.

‘Let’s be friends’

Being friends with an ex is the theme of Gerald’s latest film outing titled “Can We Still Be Friends?”

It tracks the development of the relationship of Digs (Gerald) and Sam (Arci Muñoz) from being lovers, to exes, to friends.

“Sa film kasi, ’yung isa hindi na masyadong komportable, hindi na nag-e-effort, hanggang sa magkaroon na ng breakup,” he said. “Eh sa tagal ng relationship, hindi pwedeng basta-basta maghiwalay na lang agad. Maraming kailangan i-consider lalo na live in kami (’yung characters).”

Citing his and Kim’s friendship, Gerald said being friendly towards – perhaps even being friends with – an ex is possible.

Gerald smiles as he reads about himself on the Manila Bulletin (Photo by Teresa G. Martinez/ Manila Bulletin) /mb.com.ph

Gerald smiles as he reads about himself on the Manila Bulletin (Photo by Teresa G. Martinez/ Manila Bulletin)

“Mahabang panahon na rin naman ang lumipas,” he pointed out.

Does Gerald feel a bit awkward working with her anew?

“Nu’ng una,” he admitted. “Siyempre ex ko ’yung tao, may mga good and bad times kami, so hindi talaga maiiwasan na may konting ilang.”

Though their breakup created a lot of noise, Gerald is thankful all is well now between them.

“Basta ang mahalaga lang naman diyan, hindi nawala ’yung respeto namin sa isa’t-isa kahit na naghiwalay kami.”

Working with Arci, Prime

It’s the second time that Gerald and Arci are working together on a film. Their first was “Always Be My Maybe” in 2016.

For Gerald, their second movie came at the perfect time.

“Kasi okay ’yung schedule namin parehas eh. After ng ‘Always,’ nagkaroon ako ng film with Bea (Alonzo) tapos si Arci naman teleserye. So for me, sakto lang ’yung pasok nitong bagong film namin.”

The actor has good words for Arci, describing her acting as “very natural.”

“Sobrang saya niya ka-trabaho. Kung anong nararamdaman niya sasabihin niya, prangka siya eh tapos masayahin talaga,” he added.

Teased about Arci’s statement that she “took advantage” of him during an intimate scene to the point that she told their director not to shout cut immediately, Gerald said in jest: “Oh well, pogi problems.”

“Arci flatters me a lot, nahihiya na nga ako eh,” he said, laughing. “Ako naman instead of complimenting her beauty, tulad ng ginagawa niya sa akin, what I do is I compliment ’yung pagkatao niya, kung anong klaseng pagkatao mayroon siya.”

“Can We Still Be Friends?” is directed by Prime Cruz and Gerald has lauded the young director in interviews, saying he is really easy to work with.

“Iba ’yung experience (ng ka-trabaho siya eh). Kasi I saw how excited, enthusiastic, and ganado he is. Nakita ko na iba ’yung mga shots niya, iba ’yung atake niya. I can say na this film is not the typical rom-com,” he said.

It also helps that Prime allowed them to deliver adlibs in the film.

He elaborated: “Collaboration siya talaga eh. What’s good about direk Prime, hinahayaan niya kami to suggest as an actor. And kami naman ni Arci, we make sure na every scenes, there’s really a part of us so ang saya lang ng ganu’n.”

“Can We Still Be Friends?” hits theaters nationwide today.

A scene from ‘Can We Still Be Friends?’ (Screengrab from YouTube) /mb.com.ph

A scene from ‘Can We Still Be Friends?’ (Screengrab from YouTube)

The benchmark

Gerald’s biggest dream is to work with award-winning actor Aga Muhlach in the future.

“I think every male actor, siya talaga ’yung gusto maka-trabaho eh,” he said. “Like ako kasi, siya talaga ’yung benchmark ko as an actor. Napanuod ko ’yung mga movies niya na puro rom-com din, so sana talaga makasama ko siya.”

Apart from Aga, Gerald also wants to work with the younger generation of leading ladies such as Liza Soberano and Kathryn Bernardo; as well as the veteran actress Judy Ann Santos.

Asked if he has a dream role, Gerald said: “Wala eh.”

“Kasi kapag dream role, kapag natapos na ’yun, tapos na din ata career ko,” he said in jest. “Parang there’s nothing to look forward to, so okay na better roles ang dumating.”

Gerald shared he doesn’t mind that he often does rom-coms believing it is marketable to most audiences.

“Kasi ang mga tao they want to feel good. Eh ang dami-daming nangyayari sa bansa na’tin ngayon, maganda na paglabas nila ng sinehan, nakangiti sila.”

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