Benjamin Alves stepping out from Piolo Pascual's shadow

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

ACTOR Benjamin Alves proved that show business runs in the blood.

Even in the early part of his career, the 25-year-old actor has been getting attention not only for his acting chops, but also for how he handles himself in front of the camera.

Many have constantly compared him to his uncle, ABS-CBN ultimate leading man Piolo Pascual, but Alves said he is his own man.

Benjamin Alves
Benjamin Alves


In a recent interview with the GMA talent, the actor said that he looks up to Pascual but it had never been his objective to surpass what his uncle has achieved in the business.

Alves said he entered showbiz to carve a name for himself.

"I think every actor, especially my contemporaries, that's [Piolo's career] the standard because of the longevity for one. The popularity and the genuineness. That's something every actor should aspire to," he said.

Alves, who is part of the afternoon series "Dading," started out as a model then eventually tried his hands at acting.

He left the industry for a while to continue his studies and in 2012, after graduating summa cum laude at the University of Guam, the actor decided to give showbiz another try.

Alves signed an exclusive contract with GMA Network and was featured in programs like "Coffee Prince," "Unforgettable," and "Adarna."

Some showbiz critics say the actor steps out of Pascual's shadow to become one of the promising stars of his generation.

"It's nice to hear that. I'm very thankful when people say that. I've never made a project with that objective, to get over that shadow. It wouldn't work and it's not healthy," he said.

"For any actor, you want to be identified as yourself kaya nakakatuwa yun. I'm sure because of the projects GMA have given me, the blessings that I have, doon siya nanggagaling. And I really work hard."

Just like anyone in the business, Alves dreams of a successful career.
"That would be nice, even half or quarter (of Pascual's success), solve na ako doon. But I said it's nice to always carve your own path. Kasi 'pag 'yun ang laging barometer mo, then you might not be able to enjoy the things he might not have gotten," he said.

When asked if he received any advice from his uncle, Alves said that they are close but they do not talk about work that often.

They would rather discuss about fitness.

"He's my biking and running buddy before, before when we got busy. We don't talk about work. Masarap yung you can remove yourself from it once in a while, especially when you are with your family," he said.

When asked about Pascual's imminent retirement from showbiz, Alves said he hopes his uncle will still stay in the business, as he knows that acting is the latter's real passion.

"I don't think he's working for the money. He's not like that. I heard people say that -- to retire from acting, but the thing is, it finds you. We have a lot of veteran actors but they are still here."

"I wish it wouldn't be permanent. He probably wants to rest. He is such a good actor. When it's a passion of yours, you can't really switch it off. I know one way or another he will still be in the business of acting." (Sunnex)


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