Vice Ganda has gone public about his "Fantastica" co-star Edward Barber's struggles with living life under the spotlight after he shot to fame from his stint as a "Pinoy Big Brother" housemate.
The Fil-British actor, who is originally from Germany, took on job after job alongside on-screen partner Maymay Entrata after they were named Fourth Big Placer and Big Winner, respectively, on the hit reality show. He opened up to Vice about his doubts one day while they were filming their upcoming comedy.
Vice told reporters at the "Fantastica" Fantastic Media Conference, "Memorable sa akin when I was given the chance to talk to Edward... nagse-set up tapos si Edward, tahimik and I felt that he was sad. Nasa isang sulok lang siya tapos madilim... at nag-usap kami ni Edward nang seryoso."
He continued, "Sabi ko, 'Bakit ka tahimik?' Sabi niya, kasi naguguluhan daw siya, nako-confuse siya, kasi mula daw noong lumabas sila nila Maymay ng ['Pinoy Big Brother' house], dire-diretso na 'yung trabaho. Tapos 'yung stardom nila, palaki na nang palaki, he was not sure if he was prepared for it. Parang, when he entered 'PBB' gusto lang niya i-try tapos after, babalik na siya ng Germany and he will go back to his normal life. Studyante, at kasama pamilya niya. Pakatapos ng 'PBB', nagdere-deretso tapos naiba 'yung buhay niya."
"Hanggang noong nagsho-shooting kami, tulala siya, parang hindi pa nagsi-sink in, hindi siya makapaniwala, 'Ano ba 'tong mundong ginagalawan ko ngayon?' Hindi siya sigurado kung ito ba 'yung gusto ko, happy ba ako, pagod na ba ako, prepared ba ako dito, ito ba talaga 'yung inaasahan ko paglabas ko ng 'PBB'?"
Vice Ganda offered Edward some valuable nuggets of advice to make him feel better. He shared, "Tapos kinausap ko siya, nag-share ako ng mga karanasan ko bilang baguhan din ako dati, na baka magamit niya as tools para mabuksan 'yung utak kaisipan niya kung ito ba talaga 'yung gusto niya pasukin, at in-explain ko sa kanya 'yung purpose ng lahat ng ito."
"Kung paano nababawasan sa ating lahat 'yung sadness in the midst of success, 'yung stress ng kalagitnaan ng tawanan, 'yung lungkot sa kalagitnaan ng palakpakan, at 'yung katahimikan sa gitna ng ingay. I shared all of that to him, and pagkatapos, nakangiti na siya. And he thanked me, and I thanked him as well... ngayon I'm so happy na nakikita ko silang nakangiti, masaya, kahit alam kong pagod na pagod sila."
Edward has starred in the rom-com "Loving in Tandem" and the horror-comedy "DOTGA: Da One That Ghost Away". "Fantastica" will open in cinemas this Christmas as Star Cinema's official entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival 2018.
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