By Alex Datu
“Siyempre, dream ng lahat ‘ata ng aspiring actor ay gustong magkaroon ng solo movie na lead role. Sa ngayon, aaminin ko na medyo wala pa akong “K” pero naintidihan ko naman ‘yun. Hindi pa naman ako sobrang magaling na aktor, I’m just starting, I’m just learning, and I believed, if I’ll wait and be patient matutupad din ang dream ko basta I’ll always give my best and give my 100% sa trabaho ko.”
Second placer in the Pilipinas Got Talent (PGT) Season 3 in 2011, Khalil Ramos is slowly leading his way to stardom via acting instead of singing. True enough, he has done movies already and still doing movies and just recently, the Boy Kulafu movie was already shown where he played an important role.
During his PGT days, Khalil remembered the song “I’ll Be” which was his audition song and for his semi-final, he belted out “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” and finally, the song “Dream On” where he landed on the second place, while the grand champion won by Maasinhon Trio from Southern Leyte.
After the contest, he did his debut self-titled album that same year, with 6-tracks of cover songs namely “Kung Ako Ba Siya?,” “Now We’re Together,” “Kung Ako Na Lang Sana,” “Simple Lang,” “One More Chance” and “I Don’t Wanna Missed A Thing” released under Star Music. “Kaya lang medyo nag-lie low muna ako sa promotion kaya mabuti na lang nakapasok ako sa TV at mga pelikula,” he quipped.
With pure Filipino parentage (Nueva Ecija and Manila), his parents named him Khalil because he is his dad’s favorite poet (Khalil Gibral). “Pure Filipino po ako at Christian. May nagtatanong kung kapatid ko si Enrique Gil dahil magkahawig daw kami. Sa akin okey lang, Enrique is a good friend. Madalas din kaming magkasama kaya marami din akong nalaman sa kanya sa acting lessons, sa showbiz at may pinagsamahan din kami lalo n’ung nagkasama kami sa States for some shows,” he related.
For a while, everybody thought he was out of circulation due to his studies, but just to find out, he was already doing movies. “I’m doing projects under Star Cinema, one is the movie with Ms. Vilma Santos and Angel Locsin. May isa pa pero confidential pa. And then, this Reality Entertainment’s Honor Thy Father na controversial ngayon dahil di napasali sa Best Picture award pero marami namang nakuhang awards sa ibang category. Naawa ako sa producer namin at kay John Lloyd Cruz, unfair sa movie namin,” he lamented.
Khalil admitted that he essayed an edgy role in the movie which was shot partly in Nueva Ecija, it’s not the usual role that he usually do. “Nakilala kasi ako sa pagiging friendly at ang market ko ay mga bata, laging naka-smile. Dito po kasi ibang-iba ako, grupo kami ng kriminal. Ibang-iba dahil nagmumura ako, humahawak ng baril pero hindi naman ako ganito sa personal. Siyempre role lang po ‘yun. Character lang po yun,” he shared.
As an actor, he admitted that he wants to do character roles where he can explore with the character.
“Wala po kaming proper workshop sa Honor … but with Direk Erik Matti around, tinuturuan naman niya kami. Mayroon din kaming screen test, look test at lagi akong kinakausap ni Direk Matti kung anong gusto niyang gawin sa role ko na gagawin ko. Tinuturuan niya ako kung paano i-tackle ang role ko na iba sa nakikita niya sa akin. Gusto niya, kelangan iba-iba ang makikita niya sa akin,” he narrated.”
He also admitted that he had never been scolded by Direk Matti or raised his voice towards his artists. He was even pleased to be working with the great director because of the good learning experience from him. “Sobrang fun siyang kasama, marami talaga akong natutunan sa kanya. Super bait, parang friend ko lang kaya nga, nagulat ako sa isyu ni Direk Cathy Molina-Garcia. Siguro, sobrang pressured lang siya ng panahong ‘yun tapos may pasaway siyang artist. Usually, gan’un siguro ‘yun,” he explained.
From singing and switching to acting was not a hard thing to do for Khalil because he believed that in singing you have also to act to convey your song to your audience.
“Wala naman pagka-iba. Sa singing, ikinakanta mo ang sinasabi mo, gan’un lang. Gusto ko mag-action, comedy din. If given a chance, gusto ko rin ‘yung mga dark roles siyempre, ‘yung drama tatanggapin ko pa rin ‘yun. And anything naman na ibibigay sa akin na acceptable sa akin at acceptable din sa manager ko. Aside from acting, I want to be a filmmaker, cinematographer and director.”
To give way to his desire to try showbiz, Khalil had to stop after finishing high school at Colegio de San Agustin. But now, he has enrolled at St. Benilde taking film course.
At this point, we were just simply curious. With his mestizo-looks and talent in singing and acting. it’s not remote that somebody has promised him a bright showbiz career, like a solo movie, for that matter. He curtly relied, “Wala pa ho.”
As of now, Khalil hasn’t thought of any leading lady if one dream movie will come his way. “Ah, never ko siyang naisip,” he insisted. “Actually ngayon ko lang siya naisip dahil itinanong mo. I don’t know pero I’m a good friend with Julia Barretto, ka-batch ko kasi siya. Also, Janella (Salvdor) and Liza (Soberano). Well, kung papapiliin ako which is hindi naman siguro mangyayari pero, I would prefer somebody na ka-close ko na. Maybe among my batch sa Star Magic Circle 2015.”
He admitted that he had two serious non-showbiz girlfriends when he was nineteen years old. But in showbiz, he claimed he has not thought of courting anyone now.
“Well, super busy maybe, school and showbiz lang. Mahirap naman pilitin ko eh, hindi ko naman mabibigyan ng oras ‘yung babae. Surely, it will be unfair for her.” He hoped that in five years time he wanted to be known and respected as an actor.
“I wanna start my own production. I wanna be a cinematographer, I will also want to be stable in my singing career,” he ended.