The Abdominal Walls of Jericho
by Charmaine Baylon
People Asia Online
April 7, 2001
It is not always easy to penetrate the walls of this
Jericho. Although open and accommodating, he craves moments just for
"Iím serious about my surfing; itís my outlet," says
Jericho Rosales, adding that heís been into the sport for two
years now. "When Iím down, when I need space, when I need
time to myself, I go to the beach. After I surf, I just sit there
for an hour and talk to myself."
Itís an activity he treasures greatly, especially now that heís
getting busier with his many showbiz commitments. (Proof of his
jam-packed schedule: Jericho arrived from a previous engagement for
the shoot, and then he had to rush back to ABS-CBN for his taping
Indeed, a lot has happened for this 21-year-old actor since bagging
the title of "Mr. Pogi" a few years ago in noontime
variety show Eat Bulaga. Realizing that acting held much promise for
him, he joined ABS-CBNís Star Circle Batch 4. Various acting
assignments followed soon after, such as Kaybol, Okatokat and
Esperanza, among others. Jericho has also starred in a few films ó
he is remembered for his performance as Rommel in the acclaimed
Metro Filmfest entry Tanging Yaman.
But whatís taking up most of his time and attention nowadays is
his role in the TV series Pangako Sa ĎYo. He describes his
character as "the black sheep of the Buenavistas. Angelo is the
James Dean type ó (sort of) like a rebel without a cause. Heís
angry at his dad and he wants to ruin the name and reputation of the
family," he smiles. "Playing the bad guy is something that
I donít usually do, so itís a bit challenging for me."
And a challenge is what Jericho looks for in every role being
offered him, whether it be the obedient son, the lovesick boyfriend
or the honest cop. Although he has already tackled drama and comedy,
it seems that heís getting known more for his work on the former
ó his acting has even been labeled by some as "intense."
There are even times that he gets so serious about his roles that he
finds himself getting a bit carried away. "Yeah, I bring it
home," he says with amusement. "Sometimes, Iím even
starting to worry if Iím internalizing the role too much."
So if playing different personas onscreen is not as easy as it
seems, then Jericho needs all the inspiration he can get. Time spent
on the beach and surfing is one way to find it. His other plan is
quite simple: "I just read and study the script and be the
character. You just have to be imaginative and creative," he
Such quiet moments on the beach also allow him to get away from the
friendly yet prying eyes of the public. (Having seashells and
starfish for an audience is a lot different from screaming girls and
people who just canít stop staring.) "With regard to my work,
I do the shopping, I find my costumes, I look for this and that. I
also go to the gym at the mall," he explains. "When you
get mobbed, you just have to deal with it." But donít get him
wrong, though ó heís friendly with all the people he meets.
"I like being nice; it makes me feel good," he laughs.
"Even if Iím in a hurry, I still manage to at least give them
Looking at Jericho now, youíd think he doesnít have any more
time to spare for other things. For someone who "wants to be
known for my acting instead of (just) being popular," he
definitely has his work cut out for him. If he does manage to get
some time away from acting and surfing, though, heíd like to try
his hand in photography and some off-cam jobs. In fact, he has
already done floor and assistant directing. "I want to do
everything, anything ó things that regular actors donít do. I
want to be one of the pioneers here in the Philippines, one of the
young actors who do the unusual stuff," he states.
This might hold true in the near future, for where can you find
actors who have plans of putting up a restaurant for surfers, a surf
camp and a barbershop? It will be hard to juggle everything, but
Jericho clearly knows what he wants to do. "When I found myself
in this job, I realized that I belong here. Maybe Iíll never stop.
"This is my path."
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