Zanjoe Marudo shared how he managed to detach himself from leading man roles.
In an online interview via Facebook Live with Direk Adolfo Alix Jr. for the tenth series of #ExtendTheLove Actor’s Cue yesterday, May 22, Zanjoe opened up about his conscious effort to deviate from leading man roles.
“‘Yong nangyare kasi sakin Direk, nag-take ako ng risk,” he reveals. “Noong time na ang dami masyadong leading man sa ABS-CBN tapos hindi na malaman kung sino ’yong bibigyan next na teleserye...Ang dami kasi namin sa generation namin tapos minsan matatagalan pa makakuha ng role.”
With limited projects for leading men roles, Zanjoe decided to take on father roles.
“Nag-take ako ng risk, tumanggap ako ng project na nag-tatay role ako na wala pa masyado gumagawa sa mga kasabayan ko. Sa umpisa natatakot ako kasi baka tumanda na ’yong image, e, bata pa ako noong time na ’yon.”
This move happened in 2013, when he accepted to play the role of adoptive dad to to Andrea Brillantes in Annaliza.
He said that it was worth the risk since it opened more doors for him. Moreover, this helped him widen his acting range.
“Naging maganda ’yong outcome niya. Mas napansin ako, puwede ka pala kahit anong role...parang mas humaba ’yong buhay mo kapag may napapakita kang iba.”
Aside from Zanjoe, heartthrobs Daniel Padilla and Joshua Garcia were also guests of the said online interview.