These past couple of weeks may have been plagued with rain and gloom, but don’t worry Cosmo gals--we've got just the thing to brighten up your day.
Behold Benedict Campos, our August Online Hunk. This month’s hottie may look like the average alpha male-slash-rebel that he plays in the primetime shows Makapiling Kang Muli and Together Forever, but the self-proclaimed good boy proves that there’s a lot more to him than meets the eye.
Like many rising stars, the 22-year-old was catapulted into the spotlight after landing several commercial gigs during his college years. He then transitioned into showbiz after graduating with a degree in Political Science from De La Salle University. He also tried his hand at theater, playing the role of the infamous Padre Salvi in Noli Me Tangere. Talk about a multi-talented hunk!
Though he has found his calling in television, Benedict also made quite an impression when he walked the ramp at last year’s Bachelor Bash, making girls swoon with his spanking good looks.
With a repertoire like his, not to mention his natural charm and killer bod (he was a member of his school's swimming varsity team!), what’s not to love? And once you see how down-to-earth and modest this guy is, you'll be crushing on him even more.
Let this humble hunk charm you as he candidly shares his showbiz beginnings and his love for movies and TV in this exclusive Q&A!
How did you start in the modeling business?
Nung college I was asked to go to (commercial) VTRs by people na lumapit lang sa akin sa campus sa La Salle. From there tuluy-tuloy na.
What was it like?
[At] first, I was scared. ‘Di ko alam anong gagawin ko. I was so shy back then. Then suwerte lang, nakakuha ako ng isa tapos from there na-boost na 'yung confidence ko to go to VTRs.
What was your first project?
[I did a] TV commercial for [a popular fastfood chain]. It was back in 2005, for a commercial for [French fries].
From appearing in TV commercials, how did you end up in showbiz?
Naisip ko lang na by the end of the month, 'pag nag-graduate na ako, gusto kong 'i-try 'yung showbiz. I am co-managed by GMA and my tita so nagpatulong ako sa kanya to go into showbiz.
Growing up, did you have any other acting experience, like in school plays, etc.?
No, not really. I’ve never been to a play or any acting gigs before doing commercials.
What was your first job like?
I was working with studio stars sa GMA. Before that, I had no experience sa TV, guesting or anything, so talagang takot na takot ako at first. Pero buti naman ka-age ko 'yung mga kasama ko the first time so okay naman yung experience. Actually learning experience sa akin.
Did you have a hard time adjusting to the long hours?
Wala naman masyadong adjustment sa long hours kasi I like what I’m doing so 'yung adjustment mabilis lang para sa akin.
Aside from acting, what are your other hobbies and interests?
I really like watching movies, [whether] foreign or local. Actually lahat ng bago napapanood ko sa theaters. I really love watching movies. I watch any genre, from jologs movies to action to suspense-thriller.
Can you tell us more about your role in Makapiling Kang Muli?
The setting is in a ranch. I’m the younger brother of Carla Abellana who is the love [interest] of Richard Gutierrez. 'Yung character ko pabigat sa buhay ng ate ko. Lahat ng gagawin ko mali. Siya 'yung tutulong sa akin.
What about Together Forever?
Together Forever is like a teeny-bopper show. Pinalitan niya 'yung Twin Hearts. Para kaming one step older. Kami 'yung college students na older 'yung problems compared to Twin Hearts. 'Yung love story ng love team siyempre mas serious. Sa Twin Hearts mas puppy love. May conflict with the parents, kasi sa college may “What’s next?” so 'yung future, yun 'yung mga problems nila.
You also went into theater for a while. What was it like?
My first ever theater experience was a very good learning experience for me. I was Padre Salvi in Noli Me Tangere last year. 'Yung shows na 'yun [were] for the students. In every school, 2nd year [or] 3rd year students watch Noli Me Tangere.
How different was it acting onstage?
It was very, very different. Kailangan mas malaki 'yung mga actions mo [and] voice projection. Kailangan talaga i-memorize mo 'yung mga lines kasi walang cut. Kailangan plantsado lahat.
Did you go on a break before transitioning to TV?
The year 2011 was a learning year for me kasi I did workshops in GMA and nag-theater ako. Nakita nila na ready na ako for 2012. Thankful ako sa mga binigay nila sa akin.
Outfit: Shirt and pants from Topman
Watch for next week's feature on Cosmo Online Hunk Benedict Campos on August 8, Wednesday!
Shot on location at Taal Vista Hotel, located at Kilometer 60, Aguinaldo Highway,Tagaytay City. Contact them through landline:(046)413-1000. Visit their website, www.taalvistahotel.com, for more info.
Sittings editors: Stephanie F. Esguerra
Interviewer: CJ de los Santos
Stylist: Camille Santiago
Grooming: Cats del Rosario
Celebrity Coordinator: Allan Altera2102