MARCO Gumabao says this has been his busiest year so far as he was in the cast of three new movies: “Abay Babes”, “Para sa Broken Hearted” and the coming Metro Manila filmfest entry, “Aurora”, where he is paired with Anne Curtis no less.
“It was a tough decision to leave Star Magic, but I can now say that right decision talaga ang ginawa kong paglipat to be managed by Viva as they quickly gave me so many projects,” he says. “Six years na ako sa showbiz pero ngayon lang ako naging ganito ka-busy. Bukod dito, nasa isang bago rin akong teleserye, ‘Los Bastardos’, so I really can’t complain.”
His dad, Dennis Roldan, is still in prison. Will he and his siblings visit him this Christmas season? “We’re allowed to visit him only on Thursdays and Sunday, so we’ll visit him on Sunday, December 23, kaya lang, hindi ako makakasama kasi I have to join the Parade of Stars and be on the ‘Aurora’ float. But I was able to visit him noong birthday niya on December 8.”
How is it working with Anne Curtis? “It’s an honor to work with an established actress like Anne. Baguhan lang ako compared to her but she never made me feel that way,” he says. “Never kong naisip na makakapareha niya ako balang araw. When they’d ask me then kung sino gusto kong makatambal, laging ang sagot ko, si Anne. And now, nangyari na, so dream come true ito for me. Sobrang bait niyang katrabaho, very approachable, easy to talk with and very humble. I enjoyed making ‘Aurora’ with her on location in Batanes and we guarantee that the movie will be enjoyed by viewers who love a good scare. Pareho kaming buwis-buhay ni Anne dyan sa swimming and diving scenes kasi ang lakas ng undercurrent at para kang hinihilang pababa, but it’s all worth the risk. It’s good lumaki ako sa beach kaya di ako takot sa dagat.”
In the story, he plays the role of Anne’s former boyfriend. “First shooting day pa lang, pinabago ni Direk Yam Laranas ang hitsura ko. Sabi niya, gawin nyo siyang kawawa. So binago ang hairdo ko, pinaitim ko, ginawa akong marusing. Bilib ako kay Direk Yam as he knows what to do with his characters. Ex ako ni Anne but kahit break na kami, she still asked my help nang magkaroon ng shipwreck sa isla namin at lumubog ang barkong called Aurora. Hiningi niya ang tulong ko sa paghanap ng mga nawawalang pasahero. Eventually, we meet the ghosts of the dead passengers but it turned out the ship Aurora itself is really haunted kaya ito lumubog.”
What can he say about the prediction that he will be the Most Important Actor in Viva Films this coming New Year 2019 since he now has so many projects? He has already finished another new movie, “Ulan”, opposite Nadine Lustre and is scheduled to shoot another film project but he’s not yet at liberty to divulge the details.
“Nakaka-overwhelm and it makes me nervous, but sana nga totoong sinasabi nila. I’m very thankful sa tiwalang ibinibigay sa akin ng Viva and I promise to always give my best para hindi naman ako mapahiya sa pagsuporta nila sa career ko.”