Epy Quizon admits struggle of being compared to dad Dolphy: ‘How can you fill in a shoe that’s that big?’
Epy Quizon spoke about the “misconception” the public has on celebrity offspring like him, including the notion that it is easier for them to be in the showbiz industry because of their celebrity background.
Epy, one of the 18 children of Dolphy, opened up about being a child of the late King of Comedy during an interview for “Fast Talk with Boy Abunda” on Thursday, May 4. Joining Epy in the interview was his “Voltes V: Legacy” co-actor and fellow celebrity offspring Gabby Eigenmann.
“Akala nila madali para sa amin na makapasok ng industriya kasi anak ka ni Dolphy or anak ka ni Mark Gil,” Epy said. “Akala nila ang dali pero actually mas mahirap kasi madali nga makapasok pero pagpasok mo do’n, ikukumpara ka agad sa mga kapatid mo, sa tatay mo. ‘Yun ‘yung maling expectations ng tao at misconception.”
(They think it is easier for us to enter the showbiz industry because [I am Dolphy’s son, Gabby is Mark Gil’s son]. But actually, it is harder because when we got in, we were compared to our siblings, to our fathers. That’s a flawed expectation and a misconception among the public.)
“Sa tatay ko talaga [madalas ako ikumpara] at ‘yun ‘yung pinakamahirap,” he continued. “Dolphy agad? Ang hirap no’n. How can you fill in a shoe that’s that big?”
(I have been frequently compared to my dad and that’s the hardest thing. Being compared to him is hard. How can you fill in a shoe that’s that big?)
When asked about the similarities he has with the late comedian, Epy said they both know the “lingo of the streets,” which made it easier for them to get along with anyone. Epy then noted that although fans would always say that he took after his dad, Dolphy was “for sure” a better person as well as an actor than him.
With his trademark humor, Epy joked that if he were to speak to his dad again, he would greet him and say, “Hi dad! Pahinging pera.” (Please give me money.)
During the interview, Epy also confessed that he does not aspire to become a “superstar,” adding that success for him is being fulfilled and content with what he can offer to the public.
“I mean, when you do something, when you do a role and you are fulfilled with what you did, alam mong masaya ka at alam mong mapapasaya mo ang tao, that alone is contentment and fulfillment,” he noted. /ra