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Aj Muhlach (c) Zanti Jimenez

By Alez Datu

Viva star AJ Muhlach is never been bitter about the zooming career of his former loveteam, Nadine Lustre. They did a couple of projects before, like the TV-remake of Bagets and P.S. I Love You. The latter is now a big name, with James Reid as her new love team. But like a true gentleman, the newbie actor never showed a face of “panghihinayang”, but only good words for his former leading lady.

“Matagal kaming nagkasama dahil kami ang magka-loveteam sa Viva noon. Okey lang sa akin kung maunahan niya ako o sikat siya ngayon. Masaya lang po ako sa kanya at hindi ako magiging bitter since kanya-kanya naman tayong buhay,” says AJ. “Hindi ka dapat magiging bitter sa success ng isang tao. Dapat magiging masaya tayo dahil na-achieve nila ang gusto nila. Kaya gagawin ko din po ang aking best para mag-succeed.”

He also wants to clarify the issue regarding his alleged relationship with the young actress. “Hindi ko siya niligawan,” he quips, “at ngayon, I have a non-showbiz girlfriend.”
This 23-old actor from the Muhlach clan was once a member of the boyband named XLR8 in 2010, but it did not last long because some of the members left the group, including himself. “Actually, nag-solo ako kaya nahirapan ‘yung grupo. That was the time that I transferred to TV 5. So, parang nagkaroon ng problema dahil magkaiba ‘yung stations. Pag may raket kami dapat ‘yung free lang kami. Kaya nga, kung may raket ay dapat free lahat. May kumuha sa amin as a solo performer, pero di puede kasi kailangan kaming walo ang magso-show.”
Popularly known as the younger brother of Aga Muhlach, Adrian Justine Rivera Muhlach is the son of Ching Muhlach from a different mother. His mom is Janet Rivera, a former member of Vicor Dancers. His mom is the fourth of is dad’s six wives.
“I’m also wondering how my dad manages his wives because there was no time that any of the wives made trouble with one another but instead, they’re all friends,” AJ reveals. “Walang gusot sa aming angkan, “he adds,” ‘yung nga po ang ipinagtataka ko. ‘Yung mga mommy namin ay magkakaibigan at may mga naging business partners pa nga po. So, di ko nga malaman kung paano nagawa ‘yun ng dad ko (smiles).”

When asked how close is he with his Kuya Aga? “He’s a good big brother to me,” he replies. “Actually, ang itinuro niya sa akin ay tungkol sa work kasi po nasa showbiz din siya. Lagi niya sinasabi sa akin kung happy ako sa aking ginagawa. ‘Yun na lang po. “Actually, matagal na po ‘yung last kaming nagkausap kasi busy siya at naging busy na rin po ako. ‘Yung family namin ay nagkakarooon ng get-together siguro once or twice a year, every Christmas or New Year po.” nagkukumustahan lang po kami dahil bihira lang po kami nagkikita.” AJ’s latest project with TV5 was Wattpad Presents Bebeng Pabebe Meets Super Jiro which ended this week. He admits that he is not particular with the role given to him, as long as it will showcase his talent.
“Gusto ko talaga ma-explore lahat ng roles. Sa tingin ko po mas makakapag-experiment po ako sa mga character roles, than being a leading man kasi kailangan bantayan ang image kung leading man ka,” he explains. “Wala naman po akong hinahabol na oras. Para bang I have all the time in the world. Kung ano man po ang mangyayari sa buhay ko, kung hindi man ako magiging successful sa career ko, mayroon din naman pong puwedeng puntahan. Ini-enjoy ko lang po kung ano man mayroon ako ngayon. Hindi ako nagmamadali na sumikat. I’m just enjoying every minute while I’m here.”

There is a “hidden” rule in showbiz that you cannot be as popular as your other celebrity relatives, but AJ defends, “If you base po sa amin, si Kuya Nino naman po ay sumikat, si Kuya Aga, si Tita Nena (Amalia Fuentes) po, tapos si Alonzo po ngayon. Puwede naman po, bakit hindi Although mahirap sabihin. We cannot predict our future.” As a newcomer, we ask him how far can he go sexy? “Hanggang topless lang muna po ako,” is his swift reply. “Wala namang bawal po. The truth is mataba po kasi ako dati, umabot ako sa 300 lbs. May mga loose skin pa po ako at mga stretched marks, kaya ginagawan ko ng paraan. If ever na gusto ko, magpaliit muna ako ng katawan, ‘yung fit na fit talaga at maipagmamalaki ko. “But I’m here not disrobe in front of the camera but to showcase my acting skills, like the rest of the Muhlachs in the industry.” To prove his point, AJ really worked hard to loose weight for the movie Felix Manalo (with Dennis Trillo in the title role). “Nagpaliit po talaga ako ng katawan because of this movie na kailangan kong maging trim. Ako po yung lalabas na Ireneo Manalo po. Siya po ang anak ni Felix Manalo, na sumunod na Prime Minister ng INC. Ako po ‘yung 14 to 20 years old na Manalo,” he shares.

Aj as Super J.
Aj as Super Jiro.

As a Muhlach, what do you think is your edge with your other showbiz relativess? “Mahirap naman ata. Hindi naman na wala sa ibang mga kamag-anak ko, pero nakikita ko lang siguro ang pagiging passionate ko lang sa trabaho. Pinipilit kong ma-improve everytime na mayroon akong project na talunin ko ang last kong ginagawa,” he answers. How would you describe some qualities of your showbiz kins? Kuya Aga? “He’s my kuya…guwapo at may beautiful eyes.” Amalia Fuentes? “Tita Nena, makuwento siya. Nino Muhlach? “Parehas po kami passionate sa work.” Alfonzo Muhlach? “Mahilig sa gaming po. May website siyang gaming po.” Arlene Muhlach? “Malambing, she is like a big sister to me.” And you? “Ahhh, sobrang passionate ako sa dancing. Malalim na dancing.”

In the future, AJ wants to be a scriptwriter and director. “Sobrang interesado po ako dito. Marami po akong naiisip na concepts, screen plays, scripts para sa showbiz. That’s the reason why I wan tot be a director and scriptwriter someday,” he says. “If ever, I want to direct first Tita Nena,” he adds. “Hindi ko naabutan ‘yung panahong umaakting siya. Kaya gusto ko makita kung paano sila umakting. Kasi parang working experience din kasi dati, wala talagang acting workshop noong mga panahon na yun. Gusto kong makita kung paano siya naging magaling na aktres.” AJ took up Applied Physics in UST, but left after a year when he joined showbiz. But he plan to shift to culinary if he decide to return to school. AJ admits that since he was a kid, he was fascinated with astronauts and anything about the sky. “Bata pa po ako, gusto ko nang maging astronaut, pero ayaw ko naman pumunta sa space kasi noong napanood ko ang Interstellar, grabe ang mga eksena doon kaya natakot na ako. Siguro sa office na lang ako at tungkol sa space ang trabaho ko, if ever,” he ends.

 

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