Kapuso actor PAOLO CONTIS just turned 32 yesterday (March 14).

Known more recently for his role as SPO4 Daniel Acosta in the now concluded GMA action-drama primetime series ALYAS ROBIN HOOD with Dingdong Dantes.

After concentrating on drama and action for months, he now has more time for comedy and romance, this he said just recently during an exclusive #rainCHECK interview among many other revelations.

We met Paolo last Wednesday (March 8) during his outreach pre-birthday celebration with the children beneficiaries of the Manila Boys Town complex in Marikina City. This Manila-sponsored facility houses both young kids and elders that are abandoned, neglected and victims of abuse.

With event host Tess Bomb, Paolo distributed snacks and gifts to the kids (mostly boys) and joined them in games. The Manila Boys Town kids in return offered the birthday boy a series of dance numbers which clearly brought a smile on the Kapuso actor’s face.

There was this one kid that Paolo really grew fond of during the activity – this kid was the one who led the other kids during the dance and also the one who reminded everyone to pray first before eating.

The outreach event was organized by the GMA Artist Center with the help of Goldilocks, Omizu, HEA, Active White and Aficionado.

After the program, I had the chance of interviewing Paolo while having snack.

Paolo at 32

He first hinted that, in spite of the early controversies that enveloped the show, ALYAS ROBIN HOOD was well received by viewers and ‘MIGHT’ get a second season. But of course, this are still just whispers from the grapevine.

Paolo also said that there are talks of upcoming projects for him but said that he would like to take this short pause as an opportunity for him to go back to comedy with his Bubble Gang family.

I’ve been a fan of Paolo since his ANG TV days way back in 1992. He was one of the most prominent young actors in television and the big screen during the mid-90s and were commended for both comedy and dramatic performances.

Speaking of comedy, Paolo’s early influence was of course the king of Philippine comedy DOLPHY but spoke very highly of the late BABALU who he was able to work with for seven years in the comedy show “Oki Doki Doc” with Aga Muhlach.

Today, Paolo is considered as one of the most serious character actors in local showbiz. He can easily portray roles from comedy to ‘kontrabida’ with ease. The only limitation that Paolo admits to is on-the-spot stage appearances.

It’s hard to believe but this seasoned actor who already won a PMPC Best Actor Award for the 2008 film “Banal” has a tremendous stage fright, that’s why he’s slightly hesitant when asked about the possibility of him exploring a career as a stage actor.

But that doesn’t mean that he couldn’t do stage acting – he’s just not that confident but if given a chance he will go for it.

For his future plans, Paolo said that ever since he was a little kid all that he ever wanted was to be in the entertainment business and all his plans are motivated by it. His goals right now includes learning more about the film-making discipline and hopes to pursue a career in that field soon

Paolo with the Manila Boys Town social workers

Paolo on LJ Reyes

In other news, social media has tagged both him and LJ Reyes as a new darling couple specially on Instagram. The chemistry is building up and it’s because the two look very happy together online (and of course, off line).

What if GMA Network asked them to work on a project together?

That’s not a far possibility and Paolo said that he would be more than willing to work with LJ not because she’s her girlfriend but because:

“She’s very professional. She’s one of those actors I would like to work with because of her professionalism,” he said.

Paolo and LJ have already worked in the past, most recently in the 2014 version of “Yagit.”

Paolo have admitted to a romantic relationship with LJ late last year. He also said that they’re both handling what they have right now more maturely. Both actors are already proud parents and were involved in serious relationships in the past. Paolo with Lian Paz and LJ with Paolo Avelino.

Paolo Contis has a clear happier aura now and he attributes it to his girlfriend / fashion consultant LJ Reyes. 🙂

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