Still leading man material at 54, Richard Yap challenged to look the part

Richard Yap

At 54, Richard Yap is grateful that he hasn’t been boxed in father roles and that he nonetheless will get to play main males on display screen.

“It’s one thing we’ve got to study as a result of that is our craft,” he informed the Inquirer in a latest digital press convention.

While it may really feel flattering, being paired with youthful actresses does include the stress to be in tip-top form. “If you get a number one man function, then it’s important to look the half. Your physique ought to be as much as par. There’s additionally the expectation to look and act as younger as different main males,” he identified.

And there lies the problem, as a result of age, Richard admitted, performs a giant think about sustaining the physique. “That’s the toughest half. I’ve to work doubly laborious by weight-reduction plan and doing my workout routines, even when I don’t have the time. You must squeeze these into your busy schedule,” stated the actor, who additionally runs meals and furnishings companies outdoors leisure.

Richard, who transferred to GMA 7 earlier this 12 months, is about to start taping for the upcoming primetime sequence “I Left My Heart in Sorsogon,” which he’ll top-bill with Heart Evangelista.

“It’s an honor as a result of my household are large followers of Heart. We’re wanting ahead to doing this teleserye,” he stated. “I’m very enthusiastic about my character right here, as a result of he has quirks that my earlier characters didn’t have.”

Open to potentialities

Richard remains to be uncertain what’s in retailer for him after that cleaning soap. But as all the time, he’s open to exploring new potentialities. “Whatever function they offer me, I can be OK with that … I don’t anticipate to be a number one man on a regular basis, as a result of I’m not getting any youthful,” he stated. “And doing supporting roles can be superb with me.”

What’s essential, he burdened, is the prospect to work with new folks. “I’m simply fortunate to have had good individuals who guided me via the years. I didn’t have any expertise in appearing in any respect earlier than I joined present biz,” stated Richard, who turned a family identify when he starred within the ABS-CBN sequence “My Binondo Girl” and “Be Careful with My Heart.”

“I’m fortunate I used to be capable of work with nice actors and administrators who had been beneficiant with their learnings,” he added.

His household’s assist for his appearing profession can be invaluable, he stated. “They perceive that what I do are simply roles. They’re OK with what I do. It’s actually not a giant deal for them even when I do romantic scenes, as a result of they comprehend it’s work,” stated Richard, who has two youngsters, Dylan and Ashley, along with his spouse, Melody.

Despite juggling appearing and entrepreneurship, Richard all the time makes time for his household, particularly amid the pandemic.

“Time is admittedly one thing your youngsters actually need—not the stuff you give them or the financial rewards. That’s why I be certain I spend my days off and weekends with them. Soon, they are going to develop and lead lives of their very own, so I need to take advantage of out of my time with them,” he stated.

Nothing brings him pleasure like seeing his youngsters develop up into kindhearted and achieved people. “I really feel joyful once I see them care for folks round them. I really feel like I’ve performed one thing proper as a father,” he stated.

“My want is for them to complete their research. It helps us mature in life. And it’s not nearly what they study at school; it’s additionally concerning the folks they work together with, in addition to the atmosphere they’re in. The mixture of these provides you with instruments that can assist you do what you need,” he stated.

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