EXCLUSIVE: Joshua Garcia only wants “happiness” as he takes on The Killer Bride role

When we expected a low-spirited and apathetic Joshua Garcia on the day of our Entertainment.ABS-CBN.com interview for the upcoming teleserye The Killer Bride, in which he’s about to star as Elias Sanchez, we were in for a surprise.

We were delighted to see him in a really great mood as he wore his bewitching smile most of the time and got a bit cheeky at some point in his attempt of lightening the atmosphere of the quiet and starkly white room where the series of interviews were held. His droopy gazes, however, revealed more about what he may be going through.

Yet, in the course of our almost 10-minute sit-down chat with him regarding his newest role and television project, he was consistently composed in responding to our questions while keeping both his hands in the side pockets of his fatigue jacket that he matched with jeans and a pair of classic black and white sneakers. Honestly, we assumed that he’s going to talk less knowing that he’s a shy guy, but he astounded us with how generous he was in further explaining his responses.

Without a doubt, Joshua is indeed one of the most successful actors of his generation. In his five years in show business, he’s able to attest that he truly is the next big thing in the local entertainment scene through his impeccable on-screen performances and the accolades and recognitions he reaped from various award-giving bodies.

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Given that he’s one of the most accomplished among his contemporaries, is there something that he still aspires to achieve in his career? It actually took him a few seconds to reply and it was something that we didn’t expect While others dream of starring with their idols in a project or bagging more or a specific trophy, what he only wanted is to attain genuine happiness. 

“Gusto ko masaya lahat ng gagawin kong project, maging happy ako. Gusto ko kapag may ginagawa akong project, nandoon pa rin ‘yong passion ko na hindi mawala at masaya lang ako. ‘Yon lang ang gusto ko – maging masaya,” he revealed, somehow admitting the stress actors like him acquire not just from work, but from their personal lives as well. “So happiness lang siguro ang mahihiling ko.”

Luckily, the 21-year-old hotshot actor has found himself passionate and enjoying in his stint in the upcoming Kapamilya series The Killer Bride, a project that he immediately accepted without any hesitation when it offered to him.

“Ang nangyari n’yan kasi, pinitch nila sa akin and [nang] narinig ko ‘yong istorya, sabi ko, ‘gagawin ko ‘to’ [dahil] napakagandang istorya. And gano’n din ‘yong ibang actors na kasali rito, pagkarinig nila ng istorya tinanggap din nila, wala silang pagdadalawang isip na nangyari,” he recalled.

He also conveyed how happy he is to be a part of it has given him the opportunity to work alongside the biggest stars and the most prolific directors of the network, as well as to be included in the initial masterpiece of ABS-CBN’s newest TV production unit RCD Narratives spearheaded by unit head Roda C. Dela Cerna.

Joshua plays the role of Elias Sanchez, who, according to him, is the type of person who doesn’t believe in misfortunes and supernatural beings, such as ghosts and the ‘Killer Bride,’ after his family got massacred because of him joking about the ‘Killer Bride’ to his siblings. He wasn’t there when that tragic event happened and when he came back to their abode the next day, everyone in his family was already dead. Since then, he’s been carrying the guilt for not being there to help them until he grew up, and began to despise anyone who would dare lie to or hide something from him. While others see him as a happy-go-lucky dude, he’s actually depressed deep inside which he chooses to conceal by displaying a cheerful personality.

Although he confessed that they are similar when it comes to their affection towards their respective parents and being “probinsyanos”, he disclosed that this role and the teleserye as a whole are different from the previous projects that he did.

“‘Yong istorya pa lang no’ng ‘Killer Bride’, iba na siya sa lahat ng nagawa ko. Gothic ‘yong theme ng [The] Killer Bride. Siguro ibang iba si Elias sa mga nagawa ko kasi iba ‘yong pinaniniwalaan niya,” he related.

And since Elias is a totally different role for the Pinoy Big Brother alumnus, which he vowed will absolutely surprise and enthrall us at the same time, the award-winning young actor divulged that he did some preparations for it.

“Ang pinaka-preparation ko sa Killer Bride ay nag-workshop kami ni Janella [Salvador] together. Then nag-train ako ng horseback riding. Tinuruan nila akong mangabayo [kasi] may mga eksena kami do’n na mangangabayo kami. Kailangan siyempre makitang ikaw ‘yong gumagawa para bago sa paningin ng mga tao,” he imparted.

When asked regarding his new team-up with young actress-singer Janella Salvador, Joshua confessed that having scenes with her is the greatest challenge he has ever encountered so far.

“Mahiyain kasi ako e. So the challenge is kapag magkaeksena kami ni Janella, nahihiya pa ako sa kanya. Pero feeling ko naman pagdating ng panahon na tumagal na ‘yong taping namin, magiging komportable din naman ako sa kanya,” he said.

Then he went on to describe her as a very professional actress who is utterly passionate with her craft, and shared how much he admires her being a “thinking actor” who thoroughly contemplates about her actions before executing them.

Meanwhile, when asked on why we should watch The Killer Bride, he initially explained in jest that it’s because of the abundance of Salvadors in the show, mentioning Maja and Janella who are actually relatives in real life.

“Dapat nilang abangan kasi napakaganda ng istorya, ang galing talaga no’ng sumulat. May mga twist kasi siya eh and hindi naman namin ‘to ipapalabas o ipapapanood sa inyo kung wala siyang bago. Kaya dapat abangan nalang nila kung anong mangyayari,” he stated.

As we brought the interview to an end, we quizzed him on the roles he’s yearning to ultimately portray in his future endeavors in film or television to which he retorted, “Marami. Gusto ko magkaroon ng role na split personality. Gusto ko magkaroon ng role na isip-bata. ‘Yong macha-challenge ako kasi kapag di ako na-challenge ang pangit ng kakalabasan.”

Well, we wish to see Joshua in those characters someday, but for now, we’re looking forward on seeing him back on primetime via The Killer Bride, beginning on August 12 on Primetime Bida.