By ROWENA JOY A. SANCHEZ
MANILA, Philippines – Kapamilya star Sam Milby does not regret trying his luck in Hollywood despite having to pass up on some lucrative opportunities in local showbiz and risking his level of popularity here.
In a recent press conference for an endorsement, the singer-actor acknowledged that in an industry as competitive and dynamic as showbiz, there will always be newcomers. What’s important, he added, is he gives his best and is thankful for the blessings and projects that come his way.
Sam was supposed to play Bea Alonzo’s leading man in the hit Star Cinema film “The Mistress,” but the role eventually went to her perennial onscreen partner, John Lloyd Cruz.
“A lot of people feel na nanghihinayang kasi ang ganda ng movie. But ako, I think the experience that I had in the States, I don’t regret it. I think it was something I needed,” he related.
The Fil-Am actor flew to New York early this year to embark on a series of auditions for a number of major US networks. His more than three-month stay in the Big Apple opened his eyes to the culture and trends in the American entertainment industry. The experience likewise humbled him, since he went through those auditions just like any other actor.
There is no better time to try out in the States than now since, “they’re looking for a lot of diversity in Hollywood,” said Sam.
The Asians, he related, “had their time na eh. ‘Yung mga Chinese… na sumikat, and the Koreans right now, sobrang lakas eh. So I’m, hoping in some way— there’s a lot of half-Filipinos na sikat na dun sa States—I’ll be one to carry the Filipino flag.”
Although he’s yet to fully reap the fruits of his Hollywood efforts, Sam is grateful that even after seven years in showbiz, projects continue to come. The former “Pinoy Big Brother” housemate was cast in a soap opera opposite young superstar Judy Ann Santos (“Against All Odds”), as well as a Star Magic movie, and an indie under the direction of Adolf Alix, Jr. (“Death March”).