In celebration of Pride Month this June, various actors who have portrayed LGBTQ characters on screen including My Husband's Lover star Tom Rodriguez, The Rich Man's Daughter lead actresses Glaiza de Castro and Rhian Ramos, comedian Divine Tetay, and Fuccbois star Ricky Davao gather via GMA Artist Center’s online show How Do You Feel?: Usapang Artista.
Facilitated by Chynna Ortaleza, who also played a lesbian character in The Rich Man's Daughter, the latest episode of How Do You Feel?: Usapang Artista was a colorful two-part discussion about the actors' process to open people’s eyes to the beauty of their preparation and experiences.
In the show, Tom reveals realizations he gained from exploring and portraying perspectives different from his own.
“Regardless of gender, you go through the exact spectrum of emotions,” says Tom.
Likewise, Glaiza and Rhian admitted that they had to study and go through various resources to gain a deeper understanding of their characters.
“When you go out of the box, you will discover a lot of things. Ang dami palang mundo, there are so many kinds of love and relationships,” shares Glaiza.
“I became more aware of feminine and masculine energies, not the physicality, not the gender,” added Rhian.
Meanwhile, Tetay related that he is willing to take on roles that go beyond the stereotype and the mold. “I’m waiting na magkaroon ng a little more challenging than I usually do. I know I can do more when it comes to acting.”
Ricky, on the other hand, emphasizes their capabilities as an actor. “Actors always share something personal, something private,” he says.
Tomorrow (June 27), multi-talented comedian and content creator Michael V., Bubble Gang mainstays Paolo Contis and Chariz Solomon, and veteran actor and Pepino Manaloto star Ronnie Henares dive deep into what makes an effective comedian, how to incorporate improvisation into a scene, where to turn for comic inspiration, how to get laughs through one’s character, and the current landscape of comedy here in the Philippines.
Mikoy Morales, who is also part of the award-winning gag show Bubble Gang, facilitates the roundtable discussion.
Produced by acting coach Ana Feleo and Artist Center talents Chynna Ortaleza, Benjamin Alves, and Mikoy Morales, catch How Do You Feel?: Usapang Artista on GMA Artist Center’s YouTube channel and GMA Network’s Facebook page every Saturday night at 8:00 p.m..
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