After eight years since Aljur Abrenica had won the reality-talent search, ‘StarStruck,’ he is no longer a novice to the limelight.
Abrenica’s carefully-crafted career has eased him into the public eye that brought him a slew of lead roles in television, movies and endorsements.
Now, he hardly ever displays the inhibitions of a neophyte because he is considerably more confident, more mature and more primed to take on the rigors of showbiz.
He comes from a middle-class family in Pampanga, goes to Manila, now, it is overwhelming to be where he is right now.
He is very lucky and feels more excited. He is also glad that he is able to inspire a lot of people.
His newest primetime soap,’Kambal Sirena’ is a test of his resolve as an actor.
Aljur had to undergo diving lessons and dolphin workshops to breathe life into his character Kevin, a wealthy ocean park heir and dolphin trainer.
It is also necessary for him to have intensive training in skin diving, scuba diving and swimming with Jess Lapid Jr., who heads the underwater training for the entire cast.
Lapid gave him opportunities to access everything, to be a licensed diver.
Although his father taught him basic swimming, Aljur says ‘Kambal Sirena’ has propelled him to tread just outside his comfort zone.
His role was a challenge in itself but he was more than willing to push himself in the name of professionalism.
He also prepared physically using a combination of high-intensity workouts, running, surfing and Mixed Martial Arts including Muay Thai, Jujitsu, Judo and Kickboxing.
He portray a character opposite Louise delos Reyes who plays twin characters, a human being with gills behind her ears and a mermaid shrouded in the underwater kingdom of Sirenadia.
Their familiarity with each other is due to in large part to being teammates in the Sunday afternoon variety program, Sunday All Stars.
Joining Aljur and Louise in Kambal Sirena are Wynwyn Marquez, Mike Tan, Polo Ravales, Rich Asuncion and Pancho Magno, and seasoned actors Lotlot de Leon, Gladys Reyes, Mickey Ferriols, Angelika de la Cruz, Tessie Tomas, Nova Villa, Chanda Romero and Yul Servo.
Kylie Padilla, Kapuso lead actress and daughter of Robin Padilla, is his sweetheart in real-life.
He does not experienced working with a girlfriend and he does not want to be paired with her in his work.
There are plenty more things that Aljur wants to accomplish but for now he admits not having a clear goal in mind.
He just lives in the present, seizing each day and making every heartbeat count.
Every day opens a new door to better himself and his career.
What keeps him grounded is his renewed Christian faith.
In describing himself, he thinks for a while and answers matter-of-factly, ‘Son of God.’