The Breakout Star
For the month of July, we talk to Vance Larena, one of the breakout stars of Netflix’s original Filipino feature film Dead Kids on his thoughts on digital activism amid a pandemic, empathy to address generational biases and the uncertain yet bright future that lies ahead.
With the steady rising of coronavirus cases locally, the Wonder team decided to prioritize everybody’s safety and settled for a remote shoot from home via Zoom, of course. Vance was creatively directed by a full team of professionals while he, being the trooper that he is, did everything on his own with some friends to help assist.
Being a natural artist, he applied the bright eyeshadows with ease. Meanwhile, we tried our very best to ignore the fact that his bushy brows are better than ours collectively—c’est la vie.
With a lead role in an Erik Matti feature film (a “dirty rom-com” genre, if you will) in the works, the future really is promising for the young actor. On his newfound fame, Vance shares, “I’m glad that Dead Kids was loved and received well by many. The online attention we got was huge, and it was really overwhelming so, in return, I take great effort in interacting with fans as much as possible. I try to express my gratitude to them because they are vital to the film’s success.”
He adds, “The attention that the film brought to the actors, as I see it, only highlighted how we should be responsible in what we say and the values we espouse. I am highly motivated to continue to grow as an artist and as a person, so I can continue to create good work for the people to appreciate.”