Daniel Marsh: No rivalry among ‘Juan Direction’ members

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

SHOWBIZ newbie Daniel Marsh clarified that there is no competition among members of Filipino-British boy group "Juan Direction".

In an interview with Marsh at the TV5 event held during the Ad Summit Pilipinas 2014 in Subic, Zambales, the model-turned-actor said the group's members always have each other's back, especially now that they're featured in two programs of the Kapatid channel, "Juan Direction" and "One of the Boys".

Marsh added that there is no issue if he and his group mate Henry Edwards is currently being paired on-screen with young actress Eula Caballero.


"In our group we don't consider anyone as the leading man. It's not about the leading man status. Whatever you got, this is your big opportunity and you go for it," Daniel said.

He added: "We don't have any feelings of jealousy. Best friends kami ever since talaga and we never had that feeling. I guess we have to understand each other lang."

Marsh is half-Filipino, half-Irish. His mother hails from Cebu, where he decided to move and live since 2006. He speaks both Tagalog and Bisaya, also because of his mother.

It was also in the Queen City of the South where he met the rest of the "Juan Direction" members, namely Edwards, Brian Wilson, Michael McDonnell and Charlie Sutcliffe.

Most of them tried their hands in modeling before finally entering the entertainment industry.

Since they debut their own reality program on TV5 in September of last year, Daniel said a lot has changed and they’re still not used to the attention the group is getting.

"It's comfortable to have a full-time career, in a sense, and the fact that everywhere I go, you have a few fans."

He recalled one instance when he was inside a supermarket doing his grocery: "I'm buying a pineapple or bigas. And then (may nagsabi na) 'Daniel, Daniel'. So I said, 'Do I know you personally?' They now know me through the show."

Daniel said he's thankful when people recognize him but he does not want it to go to his head.

"It is hard to fathom, because I still believe that, especially with Juan Direction, our main aspect is humbleness. When someone recognizes you, you feel humbled by it. It's nice to see that and maybe I'll get used to it more in the future. But I’m so thankful," he said.

Right now, he said their main challenge, whether individually or as a group, is to let everyone see that they have what it takes to make it in show business.

"Me and my friends, we accept the challenge to learn Tagalog, perform in the best capabilities we can, act, do our stuff. We're still learning and I accept the challenge and I will just go for it," he added. (Sunnex)


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