Alex Diaz on July 18, discussed how he represents the LGBTQIA+ community as an actor.
At the media conference for their Gameboys spin-off movie PaThirsty, Diaz talked about his position as an out bisexual actor in the LGBTQIA+ community.
“Yeah, they want to put me in drag, like I’m an actor, I should be able to put on all hats, I should be able to put on many faces, but I quickly realized that my position in the community– it’s not just an actor, I’m a representation of a niche.
“And there’s a lot of people like me. And I don’t think that /there’s anything wrong with being effeminate or anything like that. But I think it’s such a big aspect of our community.”
He then noted that he prefers portraying characters similar to him in real life because he represents the bisexual community in the country.
“I feel like I have to be who I am whenever I play roles because there are people who are watching me and who relate to me. And there are people who relate to Paolo Ballesteros, mayroon na silang hero eh, siya na ‘yun eh. But I feel like kaunting kaunti lang ‘yung tulad ko sa industriya. And I need to fight for those people, for more representation for them.”
Earlier in the media conference, Diaz recalled how he found himself when he first confirmed his sexual orientation after getting ‘outed’ online in 2019.
“I tried on so many hats, I tried being– you know I had this magazine cover, they put me in a dress, they put me in make-up, I quickly realize it’s not me.
“And I found my place, and I realized all of these things I was questioning when I was in the closet, baka I’m just doing this because I’m trying to be straight, I’m trying to be masculine, and I realized, I wasn’t trying to be straight–I was trying to be my Dad, My Dad is my hero.”
Alex Diaz stars in the Gameboys spin-off movie, PaThirsty, alongside Adrianna So and Kych Minemoto. The romantic comedy film includes Chad Kinis, Bob Jbeili, and Kate Alejandrino.
Under the supervision of Gameboys director Ivan Andrew Payawal, the sexy comedy PaThirsty is currently streaming on Vivamax.