It's disappointing to see a talented young man being wasted by a network in small roles. Not that the actor is bad looking not to be considered leading man material. In fact, the young man, I guess, is the best looking among his peers. Yet, his home network is content in assigning him minor characters, like the Jaime role he is playing now in GMA Network’s early primetime series Binoy Henyo.
The lead role is played by Luis Alandy, a much older actor who is paired with Sheena Halili who has waited a long time as well before landing her first lead role.
Lucho Ayala isn’t complaining. In fact, he is grateful to the network for giving him assignments and not letting his career fall into stagnation.
Critics noticed his talent early on, from the time he played Troy in the series One True Love last year until his short but remarkable stint in Indio as the young Juancho (which the adult role was played by Michael de Mesa).
Lucho, I believe, is at a disadvantage not having an assertive business manager who will move heaven and earth for him to get prized roles in the network’s projects. But for the UP Diliman Speech Communication major, he says it is perhaps not his time to be a star yet.
In a brief conversation we had during the press conference for Binoy Henyo at the GMA Network’s executive lounge, Lucho said he is a contract talent of GMA Artist Center and he merely pursues the projects he is given with. “I can’t demand or I will not demand. For one, I am not a major talent, and second, I don’t have the courage to do so.”
The problem with that kind of attitude is the danger of one’s career being put in the proverbial freezer and then his small but growing followers suddenly don’t hear about him.
Or, if luck strikes well for him, he could receive other offers from other networks. In the meantime, Lucho merely does his best in the character he plays in Binoy Henyo. The few times I caught the series, I realized the disparaging quality of the character, knowing how much more he might be able to contribute to the series’ plot and storyline. Since Jaime isn’t a central character, he is reduced to the sidekick stereotype.
For how long will Lucho Ayala remain under the shadow of the likes of Luis Alandy? The Tuguegaro-born actor says, “I don’t know. It all depends on the network.”
While some of his peers and even younger colleagues are getting valuable lead roles in the network’s shows, Lucho Ayala, now in his early ‘20s, remains just a talent waiting patiently for the big break to come.