Ricky Davao: Celebrity sons’ and daughters’ challenge is to make their own persona

Actor Ricky Davao feels it is inevitable for sons and daughters of celebrities who dip their fingers into the acting business to be compared with their predecessors.

Coming from a family of actors, Davao believes that there is no escaping from the fact that showbiz wannabes who have showbiz lineage will eventually fall into the shadows of their more popular parents.

“Siyempre, meron na agad silang buhat-buhat na baggage. Ang gagaling  ng mga magulang namin, paano namin sila tatapatan? Tama ‘yun,” Davao said during the online conference for “Misis Piggy” last April 21. (Of course, they already carry baggage. Our parents are good actors, how can we match them?)

Davao, whose daughter Arabella is now into show biz,  believes that it will take some time for a showbiz newbie to make a name for himself and come out of the shadow of his popular parents who were ahead of him for decades.

“Ang tagal bago ka maka-create ng sarili mong persona. Kasi palaging sinasabi, ‘O, ang galing ni ano, anak kasi ni ganyan ‘yan.’ So, it’s very challenging  sa mga anak ng artista talaga,” he explained. (It takes long before you can create your own persona. It is because it is always said, ‘Hey, he’s great, he’s the child of this actor.’ So it’s very challenging for children of celebrities, really.)

Ricky Davao. Image: Instagram/@rickyad

Now that his daughter Arabella is already into acting, Davao can only share a few tips that he learned from his actor-father, the late Charlie Davao.

“Nagbibigay lang ako ng mga payo kasi siyempre, been there, done that and still doing it up to now. Noong nag-umpisa ako, medyo alam ko na ‘yung history  ng industriya kasi nabuhay ako ay artista na ‘yung magulang ko, the late Charlie Davao. Nag-Sampaguita Pictures siya so I know the history. Naikukuwento niya sa akin so alam ko lahat iyon,” he said.

(I just give advice because (I’ve) been there, done that and still doing it up to now. When I was starting, I somehow  knew the history of the industry because when I came into existence, my late father, Charlie Davao, was already an actor. He went to Sampaguita Pictures so I know the history. He was able to share it with me so I know all of them.)

But Davao noticed that there’s a major difference between his father’s time and now as new technologies have emerged that gave birth to cellphone and social media.

In the series, Davao plays Rupert, the estranged husband of Marivic, played by Sylvia Sanchez. “Misis Piggy,” which also stars  Ria Atayde, Iana Bernardez, Elijah Canlas and Fino Herrera. It started streaming on iWantTFC yesterday, April 25.  /ra


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