Jolo Estrada, the second child of ex-Sen. Jinggoy Estrada and wife Precy Ejercito, has signed with talent manager Leo V. Dominguez.
He may be late in the game, but the 27-year-old said he is willing to do any role – even bare – as long as it will challenge his talents.
“Basta ba it will challenge me as an artist. Wala akong specific role na gusto as long as it challenges my craft and how I act,” he said at his contract signing at Victorino’s in Quezon City on Saturday.
Jolo, an Entrepreneur graduate who owns a bar and a boxing club, admitted he did not entertain the offer to enter show biz because he was more focused on his businesses. Politics is also not his cup of tea, the fitness enthusiast said. It was Dominguez’ faith in his potential that convinced him to heed the call of the klieg lights.
“Tito Leo told me, you have star potential written all over you. Pagkakita ko ‘yan sabi ko, if someone sees that sa akin, why not give it a shot, ‘di ba? Kung sa tingin nya sisikat ako or mag-aartista ako pero hindi ko inisip, who am I to turn it down? ‘Yun talaga ang tumatak sa akin,” he related.
Leo believes Jolo has what it takes to be the next important leading man.
“May character sya, may potential kaya hindi ako tumigil, naghanap ako talaga ng paraan to convince him,” he said.
Jolo has appeared in a film before, “Tatay Kong Sexy”(2016) with his dad Jinggoy and actress Maja Salvador. He sings and has also attended Star Magic workshop and an acting workshop under Jo Macasa. There was a time he got depressed because he used to be overweight at 228 pounds. He credits healthy eating and regular exercise for his buffed body and continues to work at least five times a week to care for his physique. He does not mind when netizens express their adulation for his looks and body.
“I worked hard for it, he said, “Ok lang naman.”
If given the chance, he said he wants to work with someone who has a lot of acting experience, like Angelica Panganiban.
Jolo has the support of his whole family, including his younger brother Julian, who entered show biz ahead of him. He has not seen much of the previous projects of his Daddy Jinggoy and his Lolo Joseph “Erap” Estrada, a movie icon, and he is hoping he will not let them down.
“I hope I make my dad and my grandfather proud,” he said.