Rookie actor Rob Gomez, who hails from the Ejercito-Estrada clan, could easily have chosen to use his famous last name and enjoy the influence that comes with it in show biz.
Instead, he took his mother’s name, former actress Kate Gomez, saying he “wants to start my own journey”.
“At first we thought going with ‘Estrada’ was the most striking choice. If anything, that would be an advantage. I love them and respect everything they have done. But there are already a lot of Estradas who are also very good actors, ”he said at a recent Zoom conference for his launch film,“ A Girl + A Guy ”, the first original offering of the Upstream PH video on demand service.
Rob’s mother and Gary Estrada are siblings. Her grandparents are the late George Estregan and former actress Agnes Moran.
“I don’t want to live in the shadow of anyone. I want to work every minute for every role and opportunity I get, ”he said. “I also realized that my mother is also a great actress and that she has always been a great inspiration to me. So that’s Gomez.
Rob grew up in San Antonio, Quezon Province. And despite his family background, playing the role, he thought, was never in the cards for him. But eventually he figured it was something he could do too.
“If I had to describe myself I would say I’m an aspiring actor, college student, athlete, trying to reach for the stars and make his dreams come true,” said Rob, who currently supports the export management at the College of Sainte Bénide.
His first taste of show biz dates back nearly a decade, when he appeared on an episode of “Pidol’s Wonderland,” a late comedy series narrated by late industry icon Dolphy. And then, thanks to his godfather and late starmaker, German Moreno, he spent two years on the variety show “Walang Tulugan”.
“I’m not a variety show guy; I would prefer to have a script. But it was an eye-opening experience nonetheless, ”said Rob, whose teammates included Derrick Monasterio, Jake Vargas and Ken Chan. “I welcomed, sang, danced and introduced people. There were actors my age who inspired me. And watching them play, I was like, “I should be there too.”
After “Walang Tulugan”, Rob quit entertainment work to continue his education. And for a while he thought he could never come back. But to his surprise, he received an offer from film producer and Upstream director PH Dondon Monteverde. “It was like fate,” said the 23-year-old celebrity.
While he had some television experience, filmmaking was uncharted territory for him. “It took a while to get used to because it’s a completely new scenario. I don’t have any experience, so it was difficult and scary, but also satisfying too, ”he said.
“A Girl + A Guy”, which will be available to stream on June 24, is a coming-of-age film that follows Raf (Rob) and Fiona (Alex Miro), two young people trying to find their place in the world. . After breaking up with their respective partners, Fiona tries to navigate her career. Raf, meanwhile, begins an affair with his colleague.
Directed by Erik Matti, the film centers around themes such as self-discovery, career, grief, relationships and how social media affects them. “It’s about how young people see the world and how they experience relationships. These are career ruts where you don’t know what you really want to do. It’s about regretting the past and hoping for a better future, but having the mentality to stay where you are, ”he said.
How did it go with Alex? “She is a good actress and she is very dear to me. On set, I try to be as gentlemanly as possible. I try to offer what she needs, to make sure she is comfortable. She’s professional too, ”said Rob, adding that they didn’t take a familiarity or sensuality workshop because Matti wanted their scenes together to be more natural. For Rob, being directed by an award-winning filmmaker like Matti was an honor. “No one in the family has worked with him yet, and he’s one of our best. It is truly a blessing and I hope there will be more to come, ”he said.
Driven by the desire to improve his craft, Rob said he would continue to work hard so that he could fulfill his dream of winning the Best Actor award. “I want to have this milestone… something that will make people know who I am,” he said. INQ
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