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(c) Alex Datu

“Honestly, there’s no pressure being his son. Kumbaga, sa branding, kanya-kanyang branding lang ‘yan.  Hindi ka naman ipinanganak na magkakatulad, magkaka-ibang tao, kaya lahat tayo ay unique.  Pero di ko pa alam as of now, parang nag-aaral pa lang ako ng akting.  Kaya, wala pa talagang definite kung anong gagawin ko talaga.”

The son of the award-winning actor Pen Medina, Alex Medina is quite a hot item nowadays because of what happened (along with Alex Castro), at the last Cosmo Bash.  People present at the event saw how fans were able to grab their crotches while on stage.

During this interview, Medina just laughed it off and expected anything could happen in a wild crowd and admitted that his crotch was “kinurot.”  This incident made him more desirable, and became visible in several TV shows.

In this interview, we asked him if it is possible that he will fall in love with a gay man. “Sabi ko, may posibilidad naman at hindi ko deni-discount, he replied. “Kumbaga, sexuality is fluid at hindi mo ito matutuldukan hanggang na-try mo na.”

He also said that he might consider doing a gay-themed movie like Brokeback Mountain. “Depende, although ang alam ko ginawa na ‘yan nina Jake Cuenca at Joem Basco sa Lihis.  Gagawin ko pero depende sa script at sa director.  Dapat pagkatiwalaan ko, hindi lang basta-bastang director,” he replied.

We really appreciated Alex with his revealing answers, thus, we dig deeper by asking him about doing a frontal nudity in the movies.  “Depende rin,” he answered. “Like Ewan McGregor in Train Spotting, nag-frontal nudity siya doon, pero di naman nakakalibog.  Si Baron Gaesler may frontal nudity sa Jay, wala naman.  ‘Yung ganu’ng klaseng frontal ang puwede, hindi malaswa.”

(c) Alex Datu
(c) Alex Datu

And how about a kissing scene with a man? “Mayroon ako actually,” he said, “pero gay siya in the  script. May kissing scene kami ni Felix Roco sa Lorna na bida si Sharmaine Buencamino.”

Then we asked him if he will be given a choice, who among the the male actors he will take for a kissing scene, he answered, “Gusto kong makahalikan si John Lloyd Cruz kaya lang, kaya lang mayroon na silang gan’ung eksena ni Luis Manzano sa In My Life.

“Kung gagawin ko man ito, mas okey kung ka-tropa ko.  Siguro, puwede si Kean Cipriano kasi kaibigan ko ‘yan eh.  May ginagawa kaming movie ngayon ang Echorsis with John ‘Sweet’ Lapus.  Ka-tropa ko siya kaya walang hiya-hiya, walang ilangan.”

He also admitted that he’s not into indecent proposal,  like the one he got on Facebook where someone asked about his rate. All the while he thought it was an offer for a movie project, but as the conversation was going on, he found out that he was asking for a sex rate.

“Sabi ko, ayaw ko ng ganyan,” he said.  “Ayaw kong pumatol sa ganyan, but still I thanked him for his time talking with me.”

Alex also revealed that he was also approached by a non-showbiz guy. Although there was no indecent  proposal that happened.  “Hindi naman ligaw ‘yun, parang lumapit lang tapos, hiningi ang aking number. Hayun, pa-message, message lang kami pero okey lang naman, nilaro-laro ko na lang, pini-play ko na lang.  Normal lang ‘yung magkukulitan kayo parang magkaibigan lang kayo, naglaladian lang kayo,” he laughed.

Alex shared that he got four girlfriends before, but now, he is more focus on his work. Although he claimed that his showbiz crushes are Anne Curtis and Jessy Mendiola.

“Marami din ang mga nagsusupultan ngayon kaya depende rin kasi, minsan gusto ko rin ang exotic beauty as in, morena.  Minsan naman, maputi.  Depende, eh,” he said.

We asked him if he is willing to be a boy toy of a gay movie producer, offering him big projects.

“Hindi na. Kasi kung magaling kang artista at seryoso ka sa trabaho mo, trabaho lang. Trabaho lang talaga,” he stressed.

How about a one night stand?  “Hindi ko ‘ata kakayanin yan, mag-dinner na lang siguro,” he quipped. “ Alam mo, mas importante ang pagka-kaibigan kaysa sex lang.  Pero hindi ah, yung ibang girls gusto ng pagkain, ‘yung iba, hindi (laughed).”

(c) Alex Datu
(c) Alex Datu

Speaking of Pen Medina, Alex is very proud of his dad.  “He’s the best, idol ko siya,” he stressed. “Lahat kami ay favorite si dad, at lahat din kami ay idol siya.  Lahat kami gustong sundan ang kagalingan niya sa pag-arte. Tinuturuan niya kami sa pamamgitan ng kanyang mga naranasan, tulad ng pag attend ng mga acting workshops para gagawa ka talaga ng sarili mong style. Kaso hindi ko naman puwedeng gawin ang pinaggagawa ng dad ko, ibang talino ni dad, iba ang talino ko, eh,” he insisted.

“Malayong-malayo pa, sobrang marami pa akong kakaining bigas para maabot ang kinalalagyan ng aking ama pagdating sa pag-arte.  Hindi naman sa gusto ko siyang mapantayan, pero gusto ko pa rin magkaroon ng sariling marka bilang ako.  Tuloy-tuloy lang para bang ‘sky is the limit’ kung hanggang saan ang maabot ko.”

As a promising actor, Alex said that there is indeed a comparison between his dad and him. But he doesn’t take it seriously. “May comparison, pero hindi ko ipinapasok sa ulo ko na parang anino niya ako kasi magaling siya. Idol ko siya talaga, no question about it.  Siya talaga ang the best para sa akin,” he said.

Pen is a former theater actor who started his showbiz career at aged 32 doing Himala  with the Superstar, Nora Aunor. Alex has seven siblings; the eldest is a girl and residing now in the USA, his Kuya Carl is in Ningning, his Kuya Ping is in Probinsyano and their youngest, Victor is still studying, but has an inclination to join showbiz soon.

Alex appeared in Supremo, he also joined the cast of Love Affair and The Third Eye of Regal Films. He is also in the cast of the hit series Pangako Sa’Yo.

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