Paulo Avelino considers role in ‘Goyo’ his most challenging to date

June 1, 2017 - 8:32 AM
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Paulo Avelino. (Photo by Jill Tan Radovan/InterAksyon)

Paulo Avelino’s career has evidently taken an upswing this year. As early as February, we saw him sing and act his heart out in the romantic comedy “I’m Drunk, I Love You” with Maja Salvador.

By the end of April, he was wrapping up taping for “The Promise of Forever,” a fantasy-drama TV series where he stars with Ritz Azul and Ejay Falcon. Around the same period, he was looking forward to begin taping for “Victims of Love,” another teleserye in which he stars with Julia Montes, Angelica Panganiban, JC Santos, Cherry Pie Picache and Lorna Tolentino.

For obvious reasons, Paulo has been recently dubbed as the “Prince of Teleseryes”. In a previous interview with InterAksyon, Paulo said that he was honored to be given such a title, but also didn’t read too much into it.

“I’m happy that they’re trying to give me a nice branding. At the end of the day I’m an actor. Whatever title they give me, whether ‘Prince of Teleserye’ or ‘King of Teleserye,’ I would embrace it, but at the same time my call would always be, I’m an actor,” he said.

Paulo also said that “Larawan,” a musical film based on Nick Joaquin’s “A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino” and of which he is also part of the cast, might open Cinemalaya this year. Paulo is particularly proud of this project.

”It’s one of the best musical films made on screen, in my opinion,” he said.

It appears that Paulo is jumping from one project to another; he admitted that it can be difficult to adjust when projects overlap. But no amount of pressure has prevented him from accepting roles, especially meaty ones.

Paulo reprises his role as Gregorio del Pilar in “Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral.” He first portrayed the young general in the critically acclaimed historical drama, “Heneral Luna.”

Two weeks ago, the official Facebook page of “Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral” released a photo of the cast and creative team behind the much-anticipated biopic. The photo shows Paulo with Mon Confiado, Ronnie Lazaro, Empress Schuck, Brett Jackson, Epy Quizon, and director Jerrold Tarog, among others.

Last week, cameras started grinding for the project. In the previous interview at the launch of Century Tuna’s “My Recipe to Sexy” campaign, however, Paulo spoke briefly about the film.

Paulo said he considers his role in “Goyo” as his most challenging yet.

“I’ve been studying the script for a whole week last week; I’ve been reading a lot of research, study materials, and it’s hard because it’s a biopic of a hero. There’s a really good theme behind this and I’m excited.”

“It wouldn’t just be a physically challenging role, but mentally as well,” he said.
Paulo even admitted bringing the script with him during a vacation in Bali a couple of months ago.

When asked to provide even the littlest detail regarding his new role in his latest film, he answered, “I would say it’s gonna be darker than Heneral Luna.”