Dingdong’s turn to work behind the camera
After his movie Sid and Aya opposite Anne Curtis, Dingdong Dantes is excited with his upcoming projects.
From entertaining viewers on the big screen and the boob tube, the 37-year-old actor will work behind the camera by directing an episode for Tadhana, the drama anthology hosted by his wife Marian Rivera on GMA. Also, he’ll produce a number of films under his own production outfit, Agosto Dos Pictures.
“It’s been awhile since our last offering. This time around, I’m in partnership with other producers so it’s something to look forward to,” he says.
In spite of this development, the actor stresses that his prime focus for the year is his adorable daughter, Zia.
“She’ll be turning three by November so I plan to spend more quality time with her and Yan. Actually, it still boils down to family no matter what. No matter how busy I am, my life surrounds around them. Whether it’s showbiz-related or community work, my family remains my priority. That’s how much I value them,” Dingdong states.
Many admire him and Marian’s decision to take turns in taking care of Zia.
“We make it a point that there’s one left with our daughter when the other is busy with work. Like now, Yan has many projects. We’re grateful when there are offers for us. We support each other. It’s just a matter of setting your priorities without sacrificing your job. It’s very important that a couple talks and agrees on issues where then family is concerned,” avers Dong.
Curiously, does he and Marian consider the idea of having another baby at this point?
“Well…hopefully. Although there’s no rush or cause for alarm. If God will give us, then Marian and I will be very thankful. As of now, we’re just enjoying the moments we have with our cute bundle of joy.”
This early, many ask if he and Marian will allow their daughter to enter show business since this early, signs show that Zia has lots of potential.
“First things first—she has to study. Maybe she can try showbiz at a certain stage.”
Meanwhile, Dingdong has been reaping accolades of late for his performance in the Star Cinema offering Seven Sundays. He has already won Best Actor and Film Actor of the Year, respectively for the said vehicle in the recent Gawad Pasado and Guillermo Mendoza Box-office Awards while in the upcoming FAMAS, he is one of the favorite Best Actor nominees.
“I’m happy and proud of course. A nomination is already a huge thing for me. I owe it to our director and the whole cast, particularly Aga Muhlach. While shooting that movie, he let us feel that he’s our eldest brother in each scene which made things more realistic. For me, he’s the best actor,” ends Dingdong.
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Kapuso tween star Jillian Ward announces that she’s already prepared to be in a love team now that she’s 13.
“Yes, I’m ready since I know that it’s part of my job as an actress. But that’s just professionally. I don’t want to have any romantic involvement with anyone as of now,” she says.
Does she have any specific male young star in mind whom she prefers to become her love team?
“I’m not really that choosy. As long as he knows how to act and our chemistry is evident from the start. I want to experiment on many characters that would bring out the best in me.”
Jillian admits she opts for older actors than stars of her age. One of these is the Pambansang Bae Alden Richards
“I want to work with him. We’ve known each other for so long now. We were able to work in some guest appearances in programs but not really on a regular soap so I hope we’ll be able to star in one soon,” Jillian states.