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Steven Silva lone Kapuso cast in ‘The Boston’

Steven Silva  (Photo by Bhenj Agustin)

Steven Silva (Photo by Bhenj Agustin)

“StarStruck” batch 5 grand winner and GMA Artist Center (GMAAC) talent Steven Silva has notched a milestone in his career by being cast as metrosexual Sid in the musical TV series “The Boston” produced by some Singaporeans, shot in Manila, and set for airing in June.

In an interview, Silva disclosed that around 40 TV and theater actors auditioned for his part. His edge, he added, is his educational background being a Culinary Arts bachelor’s degree holder from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, which he completed in 2010, before coming to the Philippines and joining the GMA-7 talent search. The actors were required to have workshops in cooking, and had a chef instructor on hand for questions about kitchen stuff for that “sense of realism” to translate on screen.

“Nag-audition ako September last year but after that I did not hear from them so akala ko di ako tanggap. I learned later that they really took the time to find the right actors,” he said.

Sid is one of the more skillful pastry chefs in a restaurant yet opts to lay low. Softspoken and particular with his sense of style and physical appearance, some think he is gay but no one knows for sure.

“Mahirap siya kasi sometimes you have to remember to stay in character na hindi ka puwedeng i-push na sobra na parang OA na. At the same time you also have to show either sa mga mannerisms or mga lines na parang may ‘something,’ may ‘tendencies.’ Yung audience tuloy, hindi nila alam kung ano talaga ang nangyayari kay Sid so there’s a mystery, I have to create that mystery. It was kinda hard at first,” he said.

Fortunately, Silva had done the musical “Hope for a Flower” in the past with fellow GMAAC talent Frencheska Farr so that helped. Plus, he is seen on “Sunday All Stars” wherein he continuously hones his singing and dancing skills.

Asked what he learned from doing the series, Silva said he was convinced that “we can really produce a lot of good things in the Philippines.”

“Kasi nung nakita ko ‘yung mga previews ng show, I was like ‘Wow, this was produced by a Filipino company, by Filipino workers and cast.’ It’s world-class production and I really hope na magiging successful ang season namin.”

On a personal note, Silva said his confidence grew in doing the musical because it pushed him out of his comfort zone in that he and Sid are so different from one another.

“Like si Sid kasi, he’s very vain, very malambot. Andami niyang alam sa style, sa fashion… hindi ako ganun eh. Sobrang relax lang talaga ako kaya I really had to research on how to play the character well. I had to gain my own mannerisms na hindi dapat mag-mukhang OA. Hindi siya puwedeng sobrang mag-mukhang bading siya so parang there’s a balance, I had to get that balance.”

Silva said they finished taping eight episodes of the show a few weeks back.