Kapamilya actor Christian Bables said on Thursday, August 26, he struggled when his home Network, ABS-CBN, was shut down in 2020, amid the pandemic.
To add to his problem, Bable’s supposed teleserye with Bea Alonzo, who is now in GMA Network, got shelved off.
Fortunately, the actor, who has a below-the-line advertising agency owned by his family survived during the Network’s downfall.
“Awa naman ni God, malakas pa din po yung family business namin. Our family owns a below-the-line (advertising) agency,” he revealed in the virtual press conference for his upcoming movie, Bekis On The Run.
Bables also decided to continue venturing into the world of entrepreneurship, opening a restaurant among his other businesses.
“Ngayon po, I am trying to open a business. Restaurant po. Ayun, awa naman po ni God, medyo nasusustain pa naman po ako ng mga business na naipundar ko din noon,” he continued.
Being a passionate actor, Bables also had a hard time looking for a way to express his artistry since the shutdown and the lockdowns made most of ABS-CBN’s current and upcoming programs postponed.
“Mahirap kasi walang outlet kumbaga. Yung acting kasi for me, kaya ko s’ya minahal, kasi outlet ko yun. Ayun. Para akong gutom, para akong uhaw ‘pag ‘di ako nakaka-arte.
“So yung one and a half years na nag-lockdown tayo, walang mga projects, walang acting projects, medyo na-depress ng konti,” he lamented.
Fortunately, the actor had a stint in the Kapamilya celebrity singing and impersonation competition Your Face Sounds Familiar, giving him the “outlet” he needed to express his artistic side.
“Ang galing naman ni God na ni-lead n’ya ko towards Your Face Sounds Familiar, na na-discover ko na okay, masaya rin pala kumanta, sumayaw, mag-perform. Kaya ko din pala. So, isa yun sa mga nagsalba sa akin.”
Being part of Bekis On The Run.
Bables’ popularity was built through his gay roles but he did want to take a break from playing such roles, which he told his manager, Boy Abunda.
“Actually ayun nga din po yung napag-usapan namin ng manager ko, si tito Boy Abunda. Siguro ano muna, pahinga muna ako sa pag-gawa ng gay roles,” said Bables.
His acting prowess and almost life-like portrayals of gay roles made him perfect for Direk Joel Lamangan’s newest movie, Bekis On The Run.
“Pero yung gay roles po ang ayaw magpahinga sa akin. Parang gustung-gusto po nila ako.”
Direk Joel Lamangan personally chose the actor to be a part of the film, making Bables feel grateful to be chosen by such a well-known director.
“Ahhm, masaya na ma-handpicked ng isang Joel Lamangan para sa kanyang pelikula. Sino po ako para tumanggi, that’s Joel Lamangan.
“Kahit siguro ang role na ibigay niya sa akin ay ipis, gagawin ko po. Ma-experience ko lang na makatrabaho si direk Joel Lamangan,” he admitted.
Aside from Bables, Bekis On The Run will also feature Kylie Versoza, Diego Loyzaga, and Sean De Guzman. Catch it on Vivamax, September 17.