By Mario E. Bautista
GMA-7 has found a new leading man in Mark Anthony Fernandez who’s doing fine as Cyrus, Regine Velasquez’s temperamental boss in Kim Sam Soon. His edge is that he’s not only goodlooking on screen but also acts so well. His late Dad Rudy Fernandez must be smiling from the great beyond now that Mark has totally recovered from his disastrous bout with drugs. Mark started with much promise as one of the Guwapings in the mid 1990s and he was launched to stardom by Star Cinema in Mangarap Ka with Claudine Barretto.
But his subsequent junkie behavior undid his career so he had to go into rehab. It was GMA-7 who gave him another break casting him in Impostora and Kamandag and he now certainly comes into his own in Kim Sam Soon, where his fairly-controlled acting perfectly balances the unrestrained attempts of Regine at comedy. Mark is actually being projected as a sexy actor in the show as he’s photographed shirtless in a number of scenes. In one scene, Regine sees him only in his boxers and in another scene, in his swimming trunks. There’s also a scene where Regine enters the bathroom and he’s already naked inside.
“Actually, nahihiya nga ako, lalo roon sa trunks scene,” he says. “Sa set lang sinabi na I’ll have to wear trunks. Pero okay lang kasi as an actor, dapat ready ka for anything. First time ko ginawa ’yun in my entire career, kahit sa pelikula. It’s good I do workouts kaya prepared ako. Nakakahiya rin ang scene na hubad ako sa harap ni Miss Regine. Buti na lang at okay lang sa kanya at tawa lang siya nang tawa.”
We think, though, that Mark still has to work out some more to add up more bulk to his too slender frame.