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James Reid up for second wind

James Reid (Photo by Jojo Panaligan)

James Reid (Photo by Jojo Panaligan)

He won the “Pinoy Big Brother Teen Clash” title in 2010 but it’s only now that James Reid has embraced acting.

“Sobrang mababa ang self-esteem ko dati, medyo mahiyain ako. It’s only recently that I’ve been coming out of my shell and discovering my other talents,” he said in an interview.

“Now, I don’t see myself doing anything else but this. I want to succeed in show business.”

The budding actor is cast in Viva Films’ “Diary ng Panget” along with Andre Paras, Yassi Pressman and Nadine Ilustre. Based on the best-selling novel of the same title that has garnered 12 million read on literature website Wattpad and also sold well as paperback last year, the film adaptation is said to be one of the film company’s biggest projects this year in the vein of the “Bagets” movie in the ‘80s.

Playing Cross Sandford, the most popular guy in the fictional Willford Academy, James hopes people would enjoy his performance in “Diary ng Panget” and not take it against him.
“May mga nagiisip kasi na dahil tahimik ako ay mayabang ako. I hope people would know that when I’m acting, I’m a different person – that I’m just being in character.”

While that should be a given, James said some people still see him as snobbish even for no apparent reason. He said that he has received a few negative feedback online in the past though he just brushes these off.

“Hindi ko sila sinasagot kasi opinion nila yon. I understand they’re just expressing their feelings. On my part, alam ko naman kung sino ako kaya di ako nagpa-apekto,” said he, who was born in Sydney, Australia.

He is learning to speak Tagalog in order to get more projects and win new fans, noting that “yun kasi ang naging problema dati, yung language barrier.”

“Diary ng Panget” was authored by 19-year-old fiction writer Denny. The teen rom-com film adaptation is directed by Andoy Ranoy with screenplay by Mel del Rosario. Viva hopes for the film to launch the four stars to full stardom when it hits theaters on April 2.