It’s no secret that David Licauco is slowly making a name for himself, especially after his impressive performance in the hit teleserye Maria Clara at Ibarra where he plays Fidel de los Reyes, the swoon-worthy leading man of Barbie Forteza’s character, Klay.
David’s portrayal of Fidel is so *effective* that he managed to make thousands of viewers root for him, but did you know that he wasn’t always confident in his acting? According to a recent interview, he rated his acting skills in his first teleserye with a one out of 10.
“Naalala ko, mine-memorize ko lang ang lines ko. Alam mo 'yun, masabi ko lang 'yung line?” says David. “Honestly, throughout the years, may nababasa akong tweets na, 'Ang bano umarte ni David Licauco. Wala akong ma-feel.' Pero para sa mga manonood kasi, iba siguro 'yung basehan nila ng pagiging magaling na aktor. Siguro mas magalaw, mas may facial reactions. Dati pag nagre-react nakatingin lang sa mata. Mata-mata acting ako dati eh.”
The constructive criticism made him want to be ~better~, noting that he even watched Can’t Help Falling in Love to study Daniel Padilla’s approach when it comes to acting.
“Honestly, ang palagi kong pinapanood, si Daniel Padilla talaga. Kasi lahat naman ng nabibigay sa akin na mga roles is 'yung mga pa-kilig, love, and I feel siya naman talaga 'yung magaling dun," he shares.
“Yung eksena ko nga [na] inaral ko kanina, same siya doon sa movie ni Daniel Padilla na Can't Help Falling In Love. Kinikilig ako sa kanila, fan nila ko. Ginagaya ko [kung paano] niya sabihin.”
You've truly come so far and we're excited for more of your future projects, David!