Artistic journeys of our top stars normally start when they acted cute as kids then capture our hearts as teens before they earn our respect as acclaimed actors.
But for Richard Yap, we all discovered his cuteness, heartthrob material, and impressive acting, all in his own phenomenal path.
Already established as a furniture trader and food service franchiser, Richard began what many think was unthinkable to a person of his stature—to launch a showbiz career, amid an eye-catching stint as a Chinese fastfood chain commercial model.
This was when producers of Kim Chiu’s major teleserye My Binondo Girl searched for a respectable yet dashing actor to play Chen Sy, father of Kim’s character Jade. In what was supposed to be just a character cast call, Richard became a household name as the beloved Papa Chen with his striking features and charm. This earned him the Breakthrough Performance of an Actor recognition from Golden Screen TV Awards.
A year later, he became a recurring cast in the top-rating romantic drama Walang Hanggan (2012) playing Henry de Dios, a business partner of contending families Guidotti and Montenegro.
Richard’s biggest break came when he headlined the worldwide hit late morning series Be Careful With My Heart opposite Jodi Sta. Maria. Here he is fondly regarded as “Ser Chief” since then. Besides, he also took home six accolades from various award-giving bodies because of his charismatic performance and unmistakable chemistry with his leading lady.
After a year, he was tapped to appear in two television projects – Wansapanataym: My Kung Fu Chinito, where he showed of his skills in martial arts as a Kung Fu Master, and in Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita as the childhood friend of Vina Morales’ character.
He shed off his wholesome image and achieved his ambition of portraying an antagonist through his role as the syndicate leader Philip Tang in the cop series FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano in 2016.
From being an anti-hero, Richard soared as the first Super D in the fantasy-family drama with the same title in 2016.
Richard is set to star in the newest Kapamilya soap opera Sana Dalawa Ang Puso, in which he plays Martin Co, a businessman and love interest of Lisa Laureano, one of the characters played by lead actress Jodi Sta. Maria in her first ever dual-role portrayal.
Catch Sana Dalawa Ang Puso, premiering on Monday, January 29, replacing Ikaw Lang ang Iibigin before It’s Showtime.