Meet Enchong Dee’s alter ego

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“When I first read [the script for 'Alter Me], I said this is it. I knew this is the film I’ve been looking for,” says the actor. Photo from NETFLIX PHILIPPINES

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — The Netflix original film "Alter Me” is a love story for the modern age — Uno (Enchong Dee) reunites with his first love Aimee (Jasmine Curtis Smith), through unimaginable circumstances. They’re both struggling to find themselves in the “alter world” of social media, lurking and tasting a completely different life where there’s fewer inhibitions but reality is little more complicated.

“When I first read [the script for the film], I said this is it. I knew this is the film I’ve been looking for,” Dee tells CNN Philippines Life about his role in “Alter Me.” Dee has been open to stepping outside his comfort zone —which he has done in his roles in movies such as “Nay” and “Lila”— moving away from his boy next door image. But his role as Uno is something a little less rom-com and more realistic — it can happen to anyone, especially in the time of “alters” in social media.

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As the roles were a bit riskier, the co-stars were both nervous, said Dee who, as both an actor and a swimmer, explains that he’s “never had a problem with taking off my clothes.” He adds, “There’s a certain insecurity while shooting it, but trust is very important and [the] feeling you’re being taken care of.”

Dee hopes to relay a different side of him and show that he’s capable of doing more, especially as someone who’s vocal about his cultural and political opinions on social media. “As an actor it’s our responsibility to try different things, offer different flavors,” he says. “Through arts and culture, we would always have this urge and love [to] help the entire nation to move forward.”

Watch the interview with Dee below.


You can watch "Alter Me" on Netflix.

Video and interview by SAMANTHA LEE