Meet upcoming BL star Alec Kevin
STAR CIRCUIT - Ricky L. Calderon (The Freeman) - September 25, 2020 - 12:00am

As the Boys Love genre continues to take the world by storm, a new Philippine BL is amidst us. “Boys’ Lockdown” is set to captivate Filipinos with its new and charming young stars.

Let’s get to know Alec Kevin, one of the fascinating men behind the newest series that Filipino BL fans will swoon over.

Alec and Ali King are set to play the new BL tandem KeyChen, based on their characters’ names Key Kalunsod and Chen Chavez.

“I’ve always been drawn to the idea of being able to tell stories, whether through films or otherwise. When I saw the casting call, what I saw was the opportunity to do exactly this -- tell a story that I believe is important in our society today. So when the offer to be one of the leads came, I didn’t think twice,” said Alec in an email interview.

Alec’s Chen is at times introvert, at times extrovert, and a media enthusiast.

“I found out that I got cast the day after my birthday. Funny thing was that during my birthday, I had to force myself not to think about the project because I was already losing hope that I would still be cast. So when I finally got the call, I was over the moon,” he said.

What is with the role that made you say yes?

“Aside from my love for telling stories through acting, being part of something bigger and having a platform to raise certain issues was, for me, an opportunity that I couldn’t pass on, “ said Alec. “Boys Lockdown is the biggest project that I have gotten to be a part of, and I am extremely thankful for the trust that the producers have given me.”

Before this offer came his way, Alec was finishing his last semester in college. He is a fresh graduate. If he is to think in terms of timeline, everything just fell into place with this project and he is very glad about it.

Five years ago, he acted in a short film entitled “Fish Out of Water” directed by Mon Garilao. It won the Special Jury Prize for a short film in the 2016 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and was nominated in the best short film category in the 2017 Gawad Urian Awards.

“For that project, I had the pleasure of acting alongside Ms. Yayo Aguila and with the extremely talented team to tell the story about the struggles of a Kopinoy (Filipino-Korean) in Korea, especially with their identity and nationality.”

How would you describe the experience doing Boys’ Lockdown?

“I honestly had the time of my life the past few months. Despite the circumstances, our producers made sure that we were safe and well taken care of. Working with an award-winning production team is something I never thought I would be able to do in my lifetime, and I’m thankful to have checked it off my bucket list.”

How similar or different are you from the character?

“I can say that the process of playing Chen allowed me to discover our differences as people, and I think we are extremely different at the core. However, we do have some similarities, like our love for dancing.”

How was it working with Ali?

“It was an awesome experience! He’s a very understanding and supportive partner in the series, and I wouldn’t have been able to do the series without his help.”

Produced by Ticket2Me, Southeast Asia’s first blockchain-enabled ticketing platform, “Boys’ Lockdown” will be released in October.

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