New leading man Juancho Triviño weighs perks, challenges of showbiz
Generally speaking, there are two ways nowadays to enter the lucrative and highly rewarding industry of show business: 1) Win a reality talent competition; or 2) be lucky enough to have a career handed over to you.
For 23-year old host and now leading man Juancho Triviño, his lucky gateway took form in the latter. A GMA executive knew his father and upon seeing his good looks suggested he join the network.
But his privilege ended there.
Triviño worked as they say from the bottom of the heap. In his earliest days with GMA, he worked as a correspondent for the early morning program Unang Hirit, and was often assigned to go live from the provinces, which meant pre-dawn call times for the young man.
As he developed his rapport with the camera, he was slowly given supporting roles in youth-oriented and drama shows like Teen Gen, Villa Quintana, and InstaDad, at which time he proved to his network that he can act and take on lead roles.
Trivino’s next much-awaited break was to be cast in the Nora Aunor and Eddie Garcia-starrer Little Nanay, which was quickly followed-up with a leading man role to Louise delos Reyes in the afternoon romance-drama Magkaibang Mundo.
But of course, as in any industry, criticism comes quick as one rises up the ladder.
Now that Triviño is officially a GMA Network leading man, his ability to act is being doubted not by a few.
“GMA gave me a project for a reason—nagtiwala sila sa akin. So, for me, gagawin ko lang yung pinapakita ko [in my previous projects]at gagalingan ko pa.
“Hindi ko na iisipin yung comments na ganito dapat ang leading man. Pag ginagawa ko yun I would just pressure myself at baka hindi pa ako makapag-perform ng ayon sa mga leading men,” Triviño admitted to The Manila Times during a roundtable interview.
Another challenge is overcoming the inevitable comparison. As a leading man, Triviño has no control over viewers comparing him to other leading men, most especially to his network’s most popular artist, Alden Richards.
“Ayaw kong i-compare ang sarili ko sa ibang tao kasi added pressure yan na hindi naman kailangan. Hindi naman ika-gaganda ng career ko kung palagi kong ikukumpara yung sarili ko.
“I have my idols like Dingdong Dantes and Richard Gomez and I would push myself to be like them but never to compare myself with them.”
Ultimately, Triviño would like to be identified as an actor on his own and break away from being the other half of a love team.
“Yung pagiging actor can take you places at saka yung puhunan mo talaga is yung talent mo, not yung fame ng tandem,” the 6’1” looker shared.
The perks and the future
Admittedly, Triviño is loving the perks of his demanding job.
“I am an attention-seeker,” he confessed. “Kapag nakikita ko na naa-admire ako ng ibang tao, it inspires me.”
He is overwhelmed by the fact that his followers on his social media accounts have gone through the roof, and wherever he goes nowadays, people recognize him.
He neither shy to acknowledge the high remuneration in the business.
“For my age, I am earning enough, in fact, even more than what I need. So far I was able to buy myself a car from my earnings,” Triviño shared.
While he has put his Business Administration course in De La Salle University on hold, Triviño still hopes to secure his diploma, although not in the near future.
Only 13-units shy from graduation, his family understands his decision to strike while he iron is hot, but expects him to finish college one day. After all he has a teacher for a mother, while his father is successfully running a business.
“Sa kanila din naman nanggagaling na I have to finish school pero on the other hand, sabi din nila, kailangan mag-strike while the iron is hot. Ngayon pa lang ako nabibigyan ng mga projects na ganito so tuloy lang ng tuloy. Yung college naman nandyan palagi yan, so kapag wala na akong ginagawa, saka na ako babalik ng school,” Triviño reasoned out.
With his eyes set precisely on his target—that is, to be a versatile actor—an attitude that takes criticisms in stride, and most importantly a very supportive family, Juancho Triviñoseems to have a bright future ahead of him in showbiz. One that will make the helpful individual who handed him a career proud that they did so.