While his contemporaries have earned superstar status, actor-director Michael de Mesa is contented with his achievements, longevity in and contributions to show business.
Michael remains active on TV and in the movies for 46 years now.
“It’s very seldom that I get a lead role na sa akin tumatakbo ang istorya. But it has always been a major supporting role.
“I’m very happy sa takbo ng career ko ngayon. Ever since, hindi talaga ako namili ng role, whether support or a lead role. Kahit ano pa iyan gagawin ko,” he said at the press conference of the movie ‘Marineros: Men in the Middle of the Sea.”
One of the keys to his longevity is he did not limit himself as actor. He played different roles, may it be support or lead and protagonist or villain.
Michael also played gay roles several times over. He has won Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor awards.
“I became very open sa lahat. Kung ano man yung ipagawa sa akin, gagawin ko. So, that’s why they trust me to do different roles. ”
Michael is showbiz royalty having veteran actors Eddie Mesa and Rose Marie Gil as his parents. As they say, there are no small roles but only small actor. So, Michael gives his best in every role he gets.
“Pinanganak ako sa industriyang ito because of my parents. So, I can say na anak ako ng industriya. Ito yung reality ko, this showbiz inddustry. I was born in this industry, I grew up in this industry, and I know I will die in this industry.
“I never dreamt of becoming a star. All I’ve always wanted to be an actor.”
Michael went on hiatus for about five years when he migrated to the United States. However, acting called him back home.
“That’s when I realized who I really am. That’s what pushed me to come abck. Maganda din timing ng pagbabalik ko at naging tuloy-tuloy. Hindi ako nabakante. I’ve been really blessed na hanggang ngayon andito pa din ako,” he said.
Michael stars on the long-running teleserye “Ang Probinsyano.” He is thankful to Coco Martin for the big opporunity of being made cast and one of the show’s directors.
“Being part of ‘Ang Probinsiyano’ ay malaking check iyan sa career ko. I’m very happy to be part of it. I’m really thankful, lalo na kay Coco, siya kasi yung captain of the ship. Yung success of ‘Ang Prtobinsiyano’ is because of him. Even before I joined, matagal na nila akong gustong kunin. But I was under contract with GMA then,” he said.
In “Marineros,” Michael plays former seaman who met an accident that caused his blindness. The movies is a joint production of Golden Tiger Films and Premier-Dreams Productions, Inc.
“I’m a father coming back and trying to win his family again. Mahirap maka-relate, so doon na pumapasok yung imagination mo, yung experiences ng ibang taong bulag.
“Of course, what I can relate the most is being hardworking of a father to give his children a good life. At some point, a father cannot be understood but you will do everything for your family. I’m not saying it’s close to home, but, of course, it happens to many families eho have sacrifices to make. Doon ako nakakarelate bilang tao at bilang artista,” he said.
Director Anthony Fernandez praised Michael for his excellent acting skills, his professionalism, and good working relationship with everyone.
“With Sir Michael, of course, I also felt nervous because he is both actor and director, but I didn’t have a hard time working with him. Wala kaming naging hassle. Approved sa kanya yung script,” Anthony said.
‘Marineros: Men in the Middle of the Sea” also stars Ahron Villena, Valerie Concepcion, Jon Lucas, and Jef Gaitan, among others. It opens in cinemas nationwide on Sept. 20.