From being the ‘Amboy Hottie’ of Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition, Gerald Anderson has evolved into one of the most sought after leading men of his generation. Join him and Toni Gonzaga in a conversation that’s full of ‘feels’ in this episode of I Feel U.
The interview opened with Gerald sharing his lock-in experiences in Tanay for Init sa Magdamag. Going on and off the taping bubble has its pros and cons, and Gerald and the rest of the team went through them for six months. He talked about the emotional fatigue that kicks in by the last round of taping cycle. On the bright side, the set-up kept them in character, and it was a big help, knowing how distracting the outside world can get.
“Sabi ko nga noong kasama ko sina JM, ‘Siguro pagkatapos ng taping na ‘to, ang gagaling na talaga natin. Para kaming nag-training ng anim na buwan,” he said.
Gerald continued, “Despite ng mga pinagdadaanan ko sa labas ng set, kaya ko i-shut off lahat pagdating sa set kasi ‘yun ‘yung naging sanctuary ko, parang outlet ko para malabas ko lahat ng frustrations ko.” He gives credits to his past and present characters, Alex from A Soldier’s Heart and Tupe in , for helping him cope with the emotional challenges of his personal life. Seemingly tired of explaining himself to the public, Gerald said he can’t undo other people’s opinion but he can give his best on his acting assignments. Thus, he would rather focus on what he has and what’s under his control. It’s an attitude he learned over the years as an actor.
Asked about his biggest frustrations, the Kapamilya hunk talked about how they are easily judged as public figures. He related how artists are treated like “products” and not human beings with emotions and personal struggles and how one mistake can attract tons of bashing.
“Alam ko naman kung saan ako nagkamali. Pero ang dating sa ibang tao, parang wala lang sa akin. Nakikita lang naman ako ‘pag may interviews, ‘pag may lumabas na soap. Pero hindi naman nila nakikita kung paano ako sa bahay, kung paano ko ina-absorb lahat ng ‘to.”
He continued, “Alam ko kung saan ako nagkamali at alam ko kung ano ‘yung dapat kong matutunan. Pero ‘yung tao, parang gusto nilang i-explain ko isa-isa, hindi po ganun, eh.” However painful and difficult, his life’s most controversial season brought him lessons and growth.
These days, we know that Julia Barretto plays a significant role in keeping Gerald happy. Just the mention of her name is enough to make him smile. It’s a kind of bliss he can’t even put into words. “Parang nabibigyan ako ng panibagong motivation. Hindi ko alam, eh. Kasama na rin siguro sa edad ko kasi 32 na ako.”
He would describe Julia’s love as unconditional – always present, giving, and his biggest source of fuel to keep going. “Kumabaga sa tropang sundalo, alam kong nandiyan siya by my side. Siya ‘yung nagbibigay sa akin ng power para ituloy-tuloy ang laban ko sa buhay. Maraming waves na darating pero kailangan tuloy-tuloy.”