Meet the boy in a pink bubble

On top of his viral video, Sebastian Castro top-bills an international film, Scud’s ‘Voyage’

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SEBASTIAN “came out” at age 17.

The way he looks at it, being an openly gay actor will not limit him, but double his chances of landing roles instead.

Actor-model-painter-musician—and now, YouTube sensation Sebastian Castro waxes optimistic: “I can team up with both men and women.”

He’s serious.

He’s excited to work with comics Eugene Domingo and Vice Ganda. “I’m drawn to funny people. I love Eugene,” he explains.

He recalls that the first Filipino film he saw was Marlon Rivera’s “Ang Babae sa Septic Tank.” He has some of the lines of dialogue from the indie comedy committed to memory. “I know what the ‘elevator’ and ‘TV Patrol’ acting styles are all about.”

Pinoy humor

 

It’s charming that Sebastian, who doesn’t have a single drop of Pinoy blood (his parents are Peruvian and he grew up in the United States), totally gets Filipino humor.

He would like to meet androgynous model-actor BB Gandanghari and is thankful to comedian John Lapus for posting his music video on Facebook.

Since that video, “Bubble,” went viral (367,090 hits after two weeks at press time), he has been swamped with offers to guest on this and that TV show. An indie movie is in the works, too, according to his manager Dennis Sebastian. There’s a plan to host a cable show as well.

He wants to be known as “an artist.” He’s a painter and his works led him to his debut movie. He is in the cast of Hong Kong filmmaker Scud’s international movie “Voyage.”

(Scud, or Danny Cheng Wan-Cheung, is an award-winning writer-director whose films tackle controversial topics like homosexuality, suicide and drug abuse.)

“Voyage” is Scud’s fifth film, and his first in the English language.

According to Screen Daily, “Voyage” is a multiepisode movie shot in Hong Kong, Mongolia, Malaysia, Australia and Germany. Sebastian’s episode was filmed in Hanover, Germany.

Pivotal role

 

Screen Daily also reported: “New York painter Sebastian Castro… was commissioned to produce some original art for the film.”

Not only his paintings ended up onscreen; Sebastian landed a pivotal role, as “a straight artist who’s suicidal,” with some nude scenes to boot.

He describes himself as “a carefree guy,” so playing a depressed painter was challenging. “As a newcomer, I couldn’t slip in and out of character quickly enough.”

Highlight of the film is his “suicide” scene. “It happened in March, in the early-morning hours. I can’t think of a more painful way to die than in ice-cold German waters.”

Working on “Voyage,” he recounts, was a journey in itself. “From Atlanta, I was flown to Hong Kong to Hanover to Amsterdam and back.”

In his blog, he wrote: “For once in my life, my wild travels actually had a purpose… my first movie role.”

Coming out

 

He’s been a vagabond since he was “thrown out” of his parents’ house when he came out as gay, at age 17. “I’m a bohemian,” he says. “My goal is to travel all over the world—India, Mexico, Canada, Hong Kong, Germany…”

He chose the Philippines as a second home. “I had always dreamt of being an actor. Instead of waiting tables in Hollywood, I thought of living on the opposite side of the globe and learning a different language.”

He has picked up a smattering of Filipino words and even calls his blog site, pilipinokuno.com.

“Two of my three past relationships were with Filipinos,” he volunteers.

He advises other closeted gays not to be afraid of searching for their place in the sun.

“My parents, as Jehovah’s Witnesses, were not supportive when I came out six years ago,” he relates. “I know how it feels to be alone and rejected… to want to take your own life. If, by coming out, I can help someone feel less lonesome, well, that’s why I’m in social media.”

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GZZ67F7G4MHK2K5SJHN4EJKN3M erica

    Sa dinami dami na ng bakla sa showbiz sa manila, nag import pa kayo??? wheh!
     

    • innocentyears

      yeah. so what’s the point of this ignorant rant of yours? aren’t gays allowed to be a part of the showbiz industry? explain further please and save yourself from embarrassment.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UV3253P26T3VMQLVA2C6BZ47TU Marco

      truth!

    • fuctore

      Sa dinami dami ng utak ipis sa Pinas,
      dito pa sa Inquirer nagsumiksik itong sang to.
      Erica? ..di ba pangalan ng bakla yun? lol!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UV3253P26T3VMQLVA2C6BZ47TU Marco

    akala ko pilipino sya. nakaka-stress. banyaga!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jdiama1 Jhonnie Diama

    YOU ARE AN INSPERATION FOR A people THAT THEY NOT NO HOW THEY ARE AND WHAT 
    and what is a guy person in the world proud to be with you promissing to you that i will follow your steps 

  • http://twitter.com/sebastianbubble michael villafuente

    done reading,so inspired me Seb

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