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Josef Elizalde: Making it on his ow
By Rachelle Siazon
PBB Teen Edition Plus ex-housemate Josef Elizalde has finally jumpstarted his acting career in showbiz through the top-rated primetime teleserye, My Girl—something which he considered a huge feat soon after his extraordinary Pinoy Big Brother experience. His elation towards his first brush with fame even intensified when he saw the overwhelming support of his fans as well as Nikki Uysiuseng’s during their fans’ day in Cebu held last June 29.
"Ever since dream ko na maging artista. Mahilig talaga ako manood ng TV eh. Sabi ko pa nun sa sarili ko, ‘One day, ako naman yung mapapanood ng mga tao sa TV," said Josef during a one on one interview with ABS-CBN.com. "I had commercials na rin before kaya parang sanay na ako. Pero syempre iba yung commercials sa teleserye." Why did he join showbiz just now? "Dati gusto ko na talaga. Pero wala pa kasing opportunities nun. Hindi naman por que nasa showbiz mom ko…ayoko naman daanin sa (palakasan)."
As his avid fans would know by now, he was able to get a shot at being a housemate through his efforts alone. He stressed that having a talent manager for a mom wasn’t something he’d use to get an easy pass to show business. But of course he wouldn’t discount its advantages. "Pero yun nga. Siymepre hindi ako papabayaan ng mom ko. She gives me advice and sinusuportahan niya talaga ako. (As a manager), she knows what’s best for me. Kaya kapag sinabi niyang ‘wag ‘yan nakikinig ako kasi kilala ko yung mom ko. Ilang years na rin naman akong sumasama-sama sa work niya."
Aside from his mom, he also listens to his role model-slash-family friend Jericho Rosales’s bits of wisdom. "Nainspire talaga ko sa life story niya. Who would have thought na yung simpleng tao na tulad niya dati would end up a big star. Hanggang ngayon hindi por que mayaman na siya, eh nawala na yung concern niya sa tao pati sa pagdadasal niya. Tsaka pag mahal niya ang isang tao, todo talaga yung pagmamahal niya."
Josef then revealed that he has a similar stance on matters of the heart. There was even a point in his life wherein he had to fight for a girl he loves who, unfortunately, failed to make a good impression on his family. Yet in spite of his efforts, the relationship still turned sour in the end. ABS-CBN.com asked him also about the real score between him and teen housemate Nicole Uysiuseng whom he got close to during their PBB days. "(We’re just) good friends. Siyempre step by step muna. Ang hirap naman kasi kung, kunwari, magkatuluyan man kami, tapos may sari-sarili na kaming projects, so wala na kaming time for each other ‘di ba? Ang mangyayari lang dun mawawala lang kami. Then usually relationship pa ang nakakasira ng friendship. Kaya ngayon, binabagalan nalang muna namin."
Catch Josef’s acting debut on My Girl as Sam Boy, a working student who’s determined to prove his love for his schoolmate-slash-neighbor, Hannah.