Kapuso actor-comedian Jan Manual may have not won when he joined the teenage reality show Starstruck, but as many would say, there's always a next time and a host of other opportunities. This served true for Jan after landing the lead role in an episode of CBN Asia's Holy Week Special Tanikala: My Sister, My Lover.
Exciting things are about to happen in the coming months for CBN Asia especially with Holy Week is just a few weeks away. On Maundy Thursday until Black Saturday, CBN Asia brings back its telemovie Tanikala, where a great line up of stories on pain, tears, hope and moving on, and of how God worked in the lives of the four people featured will be shown.
On Maundy Thursday at 5:30 p.m. on GMA 7, Jan Manual and Sheena Halili star in My Sister, My Lover, where Jan plays the role of gay Art Duyan.
"Art's story is very special. He struggled with his identity and addictions but at the end, he discovered his worth and found his true identity. That's one of the reasons why I accepted the role. I know a lot of the viewers will be able to relate to this," Jan shared.
The former Starstruck avenger admits, however, that this is not his first "gay" role portrayal. "I've had previous gay roles so I can say I've become somehow used to it. But of all the "beki" characters I've played, Art's is the most inspiring."
When asked if he still finds the part challenging despite his being a "pro" in "beki" roles, Jan said: "Definitely yes. "My Sister, My Lover" is not just pure comedy and entertainment, there's also heavy drama so it really puts my acting skills to the test."
He added, "Also, I still have those awkward moments especially when I’m doing scenes with a guy. But I want this role so I really prepared for it. And I prayed to God to help me in this."
A natural comedian that he is, Jan ensures that the audience will surely enjoy watching the comedy-drama special.
Catch Jan Manual's portrayal in "My Sister, My Lover" on April 17, Maundy Thursday at 5:30 p.m. on GMA.
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