Is Tony Labrusca the reel Pambansang Third Wheel?
When rumors surfaced that he will be part of “Darna” starring Liza Soberano, the budding actor was on his knees in prayer for it to come true.
Heaven hasn’t answered with finality, however.
“No, wala pa pong confirmation at all,” he said at the launch of 13 new Star Magic talents.
“It’s just like my experience with ‘La Luna Sangre.’ People were saying I will be part of it but until you sign that contract, you’ll never know. So, I can’t claim to be part of a movie if I haven’t signed a contract.”
If he lands the leading man role, Tony would be “grateful” and would “give it my best.”
Since Liza is strongly identified with her screen partner Enrique Gil, is he ready for the bashing? Well, if it does happen, it’s just déjà vu as he was heavily bashed online when he figured between the KathNiel tandem in “La Luna Sangre.”
“I think after surviving KathNiel bashing, I will survive Liz-Quen bashing. So be it. Bilang baguhan na artista I think doing my best is all I can do.”
Actually, Tony has already met Liza during one of her trainings for “Bagani.”
“Just like what everybody says, Liza doesn’t disappoint. She’s so classy and she handles herself so well. You can tell she’s a genuinely nice person. I really appreciate that about her.”
Aside from Liza, it’s Tony’s dream to work with seasoned performers and veterans.
“Gusto kong makatrabaho ang mga veterans like sina Eddie Garcia, people I would really learn from and take experiences from. Other than that, I would like to have a project with KathNiel again.”
He also looks forward to working with former PBB housemate Kisses Delavin.
“Sobrang bait ni Kisses, ‘yung values niya. Alam mong pagod na siya but she has to stay happy for her fans. Nagagawa niya talaga (‘yon). When I was watching her in her final dress rehearsal for her concert, sobrang bilib po ako talaga sa kanya. At 18 years old, she’s working so hard for herself, for her family, for her career,” he said.
“If I were to be paired with Kisses—I mean I’m already working with Kisses, nakakatrabaho ko na si Kisses—-sobrang saya kapag magkasama kami. I can only hope that we have projects together.”
He’s least bothered if this would causes friction as there are also rumors Kisses and Donny Pangilinan will be paired.
“Actually, wala pang official statement kung ano ang gusto talagang gawin ng management. Pero if ever we reach a point in time in Philippine showbiz that there won’t be official love teams, I believe it will be a start of something amazing. Kasi doon din matututo ang mga fans na hindi mo kailangang i-bash ang mga third wheel, hindi mo kailangang i-bash ang mga artista, kung ipartner sa iba’t-ibang artista. I think it would be a great thing if me and Donny will get to work with Kisses.”
He is aware that this early, Kisses has been bashed online left and right over the speculations.
“I feel like ‘Guys, it’s not her fault’. It’s really the management who decides this kind of thing. At the end of the day, she’s just doing her job and she’s a lovely girl. Don’t be too hard on her,” he said.