Aga Muhlach on leading man roles: Time to pass on the crown

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 11) — His irresistible charm, contagious smile, superb acting skills, and undeniable chemistry with his leading ladies-all made him the ultimate heartthrob of the 80's and 90's.

Aga Muhlach easily captured the hearts of Filipino moviegoers, first as a child star in 1975 in the film May Isang Tsuper ng Taxi.  At 14, he joined the 1984 Viva Film youth-oriented movie Bagets.

His rise to stardom earned him numerous award nominations from the Famas and Gawad Urian. He won his first acting award for his performance in the 1986 film, Napakasakit, Kuya Eddie.

"Wala akong inulit-ulit na klase ng pelikula kunyari nakagawa ako ng isa o dalawang rom-com di na uulit 'yon. If you notice lahat ng films na ginawa ko may serious, may nakakabighani or mai-inspire ka, made-depress ka, mayroon ding matatamaan ka and I always think na dapat totoo yung pelikula," Muhlach explains

[Translation: I do not repeat film genres – like, if I make one or two rom-coms, I won't do it again. If you notice, all the films I've done there are serious ones, films that inspire you or leave you in awe, there are some that will depress you, there are also ones that hit you hars and I always think that there should be truth in them.]

Aga Muhlach: The ultimate leading man

Muhlach believes there is no secret formula on becoming the ideal leading man, and defines his trademark acting as simple, natural, relatable, and coming from the heart.

In an interview with CNN Philippines, Muhlach says that he is very conscious on what his viewers will feel when they watch him on the big screen.

"Yung gusto ko dapat tama ang pelikula, tama ang panlasa. Dapat alam ng manood na kaya nilang gawin yung ginagawa ko."

[Translation: What I want is for the film to be accurate and suitable for the audience. The audience should know they can do what I do.]

Muhlach starred in various romantic films such as the 1992 film Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal and the 1995 hit Sana Maulit Muli with Lea Salonga, Forever in 1994 with Mikee Cojuangco, the 1995 drama Basta't Kasama Kita with beauty queen Dayanara Torres to name a few. Muhlach has also teamed up with Megastar Sharon Cuneta, Angel Locsin, Kristine Hermosa, and Anne Curtis.

On taking a showbiz break and fatherhood

Muhlach says that being father has changed his perspective in selecting movie roles. Muhlach married beauty queen-actress Charlene Gonzales in 2001 and is a father of twins, Andres and Atasha.

He says, he is now more careful in choosing roles to portray which is why he chose a family drama as his comeback film.

"Family eh, how can you go wrong parang ang buong mundo is composed of families, so parang definitely everyone will relate, could relate, can relate sa pelikulang ito," the 48-year old actor said.

[Translation: How can you go wrong with family, the whole world is composed of them, so definitely everyone will relate, could relate, can relate to this movie.]

Now when asked if he is ready to take on the role of a leading man, Muhlach says that it's about time to pass on that role to the younger generations of stars like his co-star in the movie Seven Sundays , Enrique Gil.

Aga Muhlach-Lea Salonga reunion movie soon?

Muhlach is also aware of their fans' clamor to reunite with former movie screen partner Lea Salonga. He says they have been talking about a possible reunion movie but they are still waiting for the perfect story to come.

"Sana Maulit Muli nandiyan na yan, classic na siya so if we do a movie again dapat mas hihigitan niya ang Sana Maulit Muli. Pag di niya nahigitan yan, 'wag na nating gawin, it's as simple as that. If we find a project then it's gonna happen," the actor explained.

[Translation: Sana Maulit Muli is a classic so if we do a movie again, it should surpass Sana Maulit Muli. If it doesn't, let's not do it, it's as simple as that. If we find a project then it's gonna happen.]