Edward Barber, known as the “Cheerful Charmer of Germany” in the reality TV program Pinoy Big Brother Lucky Season 7 and the other half of the popular loveteam “MayWard”, takes the hot seat on Tonight with Boy Abunda. He talks about his participation in the new film, First Love, starred by Aga Muhlach and Bea Alonzo, as well as his relationship with on-screen partner Maymay Entrata.
The Fil-German actor has been causing a buzz in the industry ever since he left the iconic blue-and-yellow house in 2017. Since then, he had taken on several brand endorsements and starred in films and television programs in the Kapamilya Network—including La Luna Sangre, Loving in Tandem and Wansapanatym Presents Ikaw ang Ghosto Ko. It is no surprise that the charming 18-year-old has gotten a lot of attention with his natural good looks and cheerful personality.
At the start of the show, the King of Talk asks the young actor about his life back in Germany and opens the subject on a very unfortunate event in his school days. Edward admits that he used to be bullied in his Football team for being the only Asian one in the team. The 18-year-old recalls how they used to call him “chopsticks” and that it was a very unfriendly environment for him. Despite that, he reveals that he never found a reason to fought back but ended up quitting when his involvement in the sport became no longer enjoyable. On the subject of bashers, Edward tells that he doesn’t acknowledge them and is actually grateful that he was bullied back then as it now helps him understand that it’s best not to take to heart all the negativity he sees about himself.
Many fans were surprised when it’s announced that he wouldn’t be starring alongside his on-screen partner, Maymay, in First Love. When the King of Talk asks if he had second thoughts about taking a project without her, Edward admits that he did, consider it’s always been he and Maymay from the start and that it’s different not being able to work with her. However, the young actor admits that career-wise, he understands that there will be times when they would have to take separate projects in order to grow as actors. Tito Boy also asks about his experience working with veteran actors such as Aga and Bea to which Edward expresses his admiration and gratefulness for as they helped him through his acting and gave very good advice during their filming.
“If the action feels right for the character, do it. Don’t be nervous. I’m nervous too.” Edward shares Aga’s acting advice for him in one of their scenes together. He then goes to tell Tito Boy that after watching the film, he could say that he was—for the first time—proud of his project, which had somehow reached his personal standards.
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