It’s Joem Bascon’s 2nd, 3rd time to play gay, and he answers straight up when asked if he’s getting a bit weary about it.
“No, I’m very open doing such a role. Kasi I can’t do a role naman na nakikita ko palang eh naaasiwa na ako,” he said.
Although the actor came from an all-boys school, dealing with LGBT is no problem to him.
“For me, this generation is more accepting, mas open na sila with this kind of situations, relationships,” he said.“Ngayon kasi it’s more of a norm; a normal relationship, normal story for everyone. I’m very happy na nakikita na nila na despite of age, religion, gender. Basta ang pagmamahal, iisa lang siya.”
For Joem it is not right to bully someone just because of his sexuality.
“Respect despite ng relihiyon, age, and gender. Love everyone, alam mo kapag nagkaroon ng respeto sa isa’t isa siguro magkakaroon ng world peace.
“Mas masarap makipagusap na may pagmamahal sa isa’t isa rather than pagbinubuhat mo ’yung bangko at magmamayabang at magbubully ng ibang tao.”
Boy does beki
In 2013, Joem accepted his first gay role in the movie “Lihis” with Jake Cuenca. He recently dipped his fingers into another as Paolo Ballesteros’ partner in “My 2 Mommies.”
Joem said keeping an open mind helps him embrace his roles.
“’Yun naman ’yung sinabi ko sa sarili ko tsaka sa manager ko and with everyone na kahit anong role gagawin ko. Mapa-baliw, mapa-gay man o opposite sex kahit ano basta ma-challenge ako at mabigay ko ng tama ’yung mensahe ng buong pelikula.”
But why him? Has he ever asked himself that?
“Siguro marunong lang talaga akong makinig,” he mulled. “I make it a point na lagi akong magche-change ng look, character, emotion for different roles. So, parang hindi ako nakakahon kaya lagi nila akong nabibigyan ng iba’t ibang roles at characters.”
The 31-year-old actor remembers a time gay people are not openly accepted in society.
“Kapag nagpalabas ka ng ganitong klase ng pelikula medyo magdadalawang isip ka pa kung papanuorin mo kasi baka maselan siya o baka nagte-take advantage lang sila du’n sa pagiging controversial sa dalawang lalaking nagmamahalan.”
Antagonist or protagonist; straight or gay roles, name it. The actor feels grateful for every project he gets, recalling how he only dreamed all of these things back then.
“’Yun naman ’yung pinangarap ko nu’ng pumasok ako ng industriya; magbigay ng buhay sa iba’t ibang tao, karakter, personalidad.”
The actor is cast in the Judy Ann Santos series on ABS-CBN, “Starla.”