Alden’s meteoric rise

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

THEN-NEWCOMER Alden Richards capitalized on his good looks and raw talent to pursue a dream. And so he did—with a blitzkrieg of high-profile projects and prestigious motion picture nods, he elevated himself to leading man status barely three years later.

His meteoric rise in show biz can be credited to early roles in GMA’s Alakdana, My Beloved, and One True Love, which raked in high ratings for his home network and attracted throngs of loyal supporters for the young actor.

In 2011, his breakout year, he earned nominations from Philippine Movie Press Club Star Awards and Golden Screen Awards for his portrayal of a teenage boy in GMA Films’ psychological horror film The Road. One recognition after another laid the groundwork for even more stellar performances, making the Kapuso homegrown artist one of the most bankable young actors of his generation.


His trademark dimpled cheeks and boy-next-door features may have lent him a sweet and innocent appeal throughout his early days, but perhaps not for long.

In his new cinematic endeavor 10,000 Hours, Alden portrays a tough-as-nails young cop whose role is pivotal to the central character played by lead star Robin Padilla. The film 10,000 Hours is an official entry to this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival.

“[Robin’s character] went through several phases in life,” says Alden, who has starred in four MMFF entries to date—Ang Panday 2 in 2011; Sosy Problems and Si Agimat, si Enteng Kabisote, at si Ako in 2012; and currently, the action powerhouse 10,000 Hours. “This film shows his journey that will serve as an inspiration to many.”

“I went through several stamina and gun-handling lessons for this movie,” Alden said, relating how he underwent intense physical training to prepare for his role.

The actors were not provided stunt doubles, but instead were trained heavily by stuntmen. For a young actor with great aspirations like Alden, the experience of working with a legitimate show biz superstar like Robin helped him grasp the rudiments and stepping stones of success. For the coming year, he also hopes to further his music career. (PR)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 06, 2014.


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