- Jason Abalos stayed with Star Magic for 12 years
- In 2017, he transferred to GMA Network
- He is set to star in the GMA afternoon drama series Stolen that will premiere on April 2019
Jason Abalos is set to star in the upcoming GMA Afternoon Prime drama series ‘Stolen,’ together with Max Collins, Sophie Albert, Mark Herras, and Neil Ryan Sese. The show will premiere on April 2019 and is directed by Neal Del Rosario and Toto Natividad.
This is Abalos’s third drama series under GMA Artist Center, apart from several TV appearances in GMA Network and ‘Sunday PinaSaya.’ It can be recalled that he transferred to GMA Network in 2017 after playing the role of Joey Garcia on ABS-CBN’s PrimeTanghali noontime block drama series ‘Langit Lupa.’
He was Gael Harrison Makalintal on the GMA Network’s romantic comedy series, ‘The One That Got Away.’
During the blogger’s conference on February 26, Abalos along with former Kapamilya stars Paul Salas and EA Guzman answered questions about his career shift with GMA Network.
He addressed a question on how is he facing the challenges that his roles are presenting and as well as the themes of the shows he is working with.
He was quick to respond, “Parang lumalawak yung reach naming bilang artista, para makagawa ng ibat ibang klaseng roles para sa ibat ibang proyekto. Para sa amin ito yung pwedeng magpatagal, kumbaga kung mapakita naming kung hanggang saan yung kaya namin. Sa Stolen isa akong pamilyadong doctor, tapos yung anak namin (ni Max) mawawala.”
Then another question was thrown to him.
Is having a love team a disadvantage or an advantage? How does he feel about being a character actor?
“Well, para sa akin siguro, dumaan na ko sa love team, love team eh. Ngayon ang gusto ko talagang mangyari ay tumagal ako sa industriya. ‘Yung makatrabaho ko lahat ng magagaling, lahat ng artistang pwede makatrabaho. Matuto ka,” he said.
According to him, he has already adjusted in his being a Kapuso star, “Oo nman. Yung mga tao naman sa GMA masarap katrabaho, parang hindi nila pinapakita na bago ka lang, tinuturing ka talaga na as their own.”
Though jokingly, he blurted out when he was asked if he has any dream projects in mind with the Network, “Ako gusto magkaroon ng office sa taas, hahahaha isa ako sa mga boss. Ako naniniwala sa pwedeng ibigay ng GMA. Parang alam ko, na bibigyan ako ng magagandang proyekto para mai-showcase ko yung talent ko, ayoko din kasi mag-expect eh, lahat yun para sa akin challenge eh.”
Being in the industry for a long time, what he can offer to the network who took him after he left the Kapamilya network, is the respect for all the people he has worked with and will be working with.
“Ayokong masira yung panahon nila, sa mga walang kwentang bagay kung sakali. Ginagawa ko yung trabaho ko, kino-consider ko yung buong team. Ako talaga ang gusto ko lang magtrabaho eh, so kung ano man yung ibigay sa akin tatrabahohin ko. Kung inaasahan man, pakiramdam ko marami na akong nagawa para mag-expect pa.”
In the years that he has spent in the said industry, what pieces of advice can he share, or tips to budding artists. “Ako, natutuwa ako sa mga batang bumabati.”
What he wanted to emphasize was to never forget that basic gesture, “Hindi ko siya nakaklimutan. Ang sarap panuorin na itong batang ito, nakikita mo kung paano siya tumataas. Tantsahin niyo yung oras ng mga taong katrabaho niyo, kahit sa mga production, kahit sa mga crew.”
He was also asked on how he likes people to remember him? He shared that he wanted to be a remarkable actor and the fact that the people remembers him of his character.
“Lahat naman kami siguro gustong maalala bilang magaling na artista, ako natutuwa ako na sa bawat lugar na pinupuntahan ko, ang naalala sakin kahit hindi ang pangalan ko, pangalan ng character ko sa isang show. Natutuwa ako na ibig sabihin, yung ginagawa kong character,binubuo ko sa bawat proyektong ginagawa ko, tumatatak. Naalala nila, kumbaga hindi ako naalala bilang Jason, kumbaga bilang ibang tao.”
He also shared the good feedback from the fans whenever he visits places outside Metro Manila to promote their shows, he said, “Natutuwa sila sa mga ginagawa namin. Kasi, halimbawa sa TOTGA, isa siyang romcom, kasi yung mga karaniwang ginagawa ko heavy drama talaga. Sabi ng mga tao, nakakatawa ka din pala, pwede ka din pala magpakilig. Kami kasi ni Rhian, di namin inaasahang kiligin ang mga tao sa amin. Nagpapasalamat ako dahil yung mga katrabaho namin sa GMA tanggap kami, hindi ka nila minamaliit dahil hindi ka galing dito. Natutuwa ako sa pag-welcome nila sakin dahil alam nila na may ibibigay ako.”
Since he started his career by joining a talent search, he shared that if he was not an actor right now, he will still join and find ways to be in the industry.
“Kung hindi man ako artista ngayon, at kung magkakaroon ulit ng pagkakataon, sasali pa rin ako, kasi gusto ko yung ginagawa ko ngayon. Gagawa ako ng paraan para makapasok ako sa industriya, kasi ito talaga yung pinakamabilis na paraan para makilala ka at magkaroon ka ng pagkakataon.”
He was also asked about his initial impression prior to transferring to GMA Network. Jason said, “Aaminin ko, natatakot talaga ako kasi 12 years ako sa Star Magic. Pero sobrang nagpapasalamat ako sa [GMA] Artist Center, kasi ngayon bubuo kami ng panibagong career.
“Eto sama-sama tayo mula dito hanggang kung saan tayo aabot.”
He also shared that he’s more concerned on what he can deliver rather that thinking about the ratings of his shows, “Ako hindi, ako ang gusto kong malaman kung paano ako umarte. Sa ratings, mas production ito, mas network. Hangga’t kami alam namin na mas ginagawa namin yung trabaho namin, masaya na ko alam ko na ginagawa ko ng tama yung trabaho ko.”
When it comes to rumours and intriguing issues in his career, he also shared his insights about it, “Actually yung tsismis hindi nawawala yan sa pagiging artista, mas naiintriga ka mas maganda, napapagusapan ka, mas nakikilala ka. Sabi nga nila good or bad publicity is still publicity. Para sa akin mas okay pa din yung totoo, mas maganda pa din na pinaguusapan ka dahil may maganda kang nagawa.”
Kwentuhan with Jason Abalos, EA Guzman and Paul Salas… Any questions?
Posted by LionhearTV on Monday, February 25, 2019
At the end of the interview he invited everyone to support his upcoming TV series Stolen which will premiere in April 2019 on GMA’s Afternoon Prime bloc.