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“Although very challenging ito (gay role) sa akin, pero ayaw ko nang maulit.  Hanggang maari, ayaw ko na.”

Kapamilya actor Aaron Villaflor started his showbiz career by joining the “Star Circle Quest Season 2” in 2004, where Erich Gonzales emerged as the winner.  Since then, he has been very active doing various roles in his studio. But when asked what particular role he likes best, he replied, “Nabigyan ako ng big break nang ibinigay sa akin ang role ng kontrabida sa teleseryeng Juan dela Cruz. Ako dito si Kael, half brother ni Coco Martin na kalaban ko.  On going ngayon ang All Of Me na isa pang big break dahil kontrabida uli ako at kalaban si JM de Guzman. Kaya ito ang kinahiligan ko ngayon kasi challenging.”

Aaron, 25, is an actor who do not believed in stereo-typed roles because even if he is playing kontrabida repeatedly, he is playing it in different approach. “Kasi ‘yung Juan dela Cruz ay kontrabidang aswang ako doon.  Dito naman sa All of Me ay normal na tao ako dito playing a doctor at para sa akin, napaka-professional ang character ko,” he said.

“Baka natutuwa lang ang management sa performance ko bilang kontrabida.  Paano naman kasi sobrang nag-e-enjoy ako sa ginagawa ko na kinakalaban ko ang bida.  Saka ‘yung kontrabida ay isang factor ‘yan kaya nagiging interesting ang istorya kasi magiging boring kung walang conflict,” he added.

He said that he rejected some movie offers, but with valid reasons, especailly if the role doesn’t fit him.  “Eh, I love my job kaya kailangan kong alagaan,” he explained. “It’s my bread and butter. Kaya I have to take good care of my work and study my roles well. Siyempre naman, ayaw kong mapahiya sa mga viewers ko dahil nagkaroon ako ng Best Supporting Actor sa Juan dela Cruz mula sa Star Awards noong 2013.”

As an actor, Aaron is true to the character he portrays. To give credibility to the role, he finds time to make a research to the character. He tries to study the manner of how they talk and move, and learn some nuances with it. He wants to be convincing with the role. Just like his role as a doctor in All Of Me.

“Very challenging sa akin ‘yung role at tinanggap ko siya ng buong loob ko dahil para maiba naman. At natutuwa ako kasi in one of our tapings in the hospital, some of the doctors congratulated me for a job well done. Sabi nila na I’m playing a good role in the series. At tama daw yung ginagawa ko. Mahirap kasi baka ma-question tayo sa pagganap bilang doctor,” he said.

We asked him if he is willing to accept a gay role, just like what Luis Manzano and John Lloyd Cruz essayed in the movie In My Life.

“Nagkaroon ako ng gay role sa MMK pero ayaw ko ng gawin ulit,” he stressed.  “Maganda naman ang sabi ng aking director, pero sana huwag na lang. Kasi mas gusto ko ang role ng isang kontrabida.  Okey na ‘yung na-experience ko siya in my life at naganapan ko na.  Ang hirap pala mag-play ng gay.  Doon ako na-challenge talaga. Kumpara sa kontrabida role, ang hirap kasi dahil hindi ako sanay sa gan’ung role,” he added.

In the box-office hit movie Heneral Luna, Aaron played a fictional character of Joven. His role represents the youth where young people can relate if they watch the movie.  “Gan’un pala ang feeling ng isang reporter, dahil nag-research talaga ako.  Ang hirap mag-interview lalo na ‘yung mga ayaw magpa-interview.  Nag-observe ako sa mga nag-i-interview, ah gan’un pala sila.  So, pinili ko ‘yung makakatulong sa akin, gan’un at na-impress ‘yung mga producers,” he explained.

Aaron claimed he was so happy being in the cast of Heneral Luna and he admited that in high school, they have studied the Philippine revolution but Luna’s part was not tackled deeply.  “Kaya nang i-offer sa akin ito, hindi ako nagdalawang-isip. Sabi ko sa director na tulungan niya ako para makilala ng lubusan si Luna,” he related.

We also asked him why in the movie Mabini was always seen seated. “Ah, hindi naman kasi naituro sa amin si Mabini sa high school.  At alam ko na siya ang Sublime Paralytic at alam naman natin na siya ang utak ng himagsikan.  Nalungkot lang ako nang narinig ko ang balitang ‘yun pero hindi natin sila masisi kasi baka may kakulangan din ang eskuwela o baka hindi napag-aralan ng mga estudyante,” he added.

If he will be offered to do a historical movie, who would he choose?  “Gusto ko rin maging Aguinaldo,” he replied. “Hindi naman sinasabing bad siya sa Heneral Luna. I guess, totoo pero gusto ko ‘yung kuwento niya.  Sa libro, hindi naman sinabi doon na isa siyang traydor.  Pero may nagsabi na ang mga Spanish daw ang nag-choose kung sino ang hero ng ating bansa kasi sila ang sumakop sa atin noon.”

He reiterated that if Luna is still alive at this time, he will vote for him for president in this coming election.  “Puwede, pero in the sense na pinapapatay niya ‘yung mga criminal para magiging safe tayo. Sa dami-dami ba naman ng mga krininal dito sa Manila na hindi ka na makakalabas ng bahay dahil takot ka.  Ako, kung mag-run si Duterte, wala namang problema kasi natanong ko din ang mga taga-Davao kung gusto nila si Duterte, gusto daw nila dahil nakakatiyak na safe sila at maayos ang trabaho nila,” he ended.

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