Flirt Alert: David Archuleta … SO ready for his closeup … are we??

"Hey there... the name's Josh."

"How YOU doin'?" (click "Josh" for full interview)


LOVED the on-set interview above (click pic to view … additional footage HERE) … crying scene?? “love triangle”?? that song snippet??? And those killer looks at the camera… Josh, you playah, you! 😆

And still LOLing at the look on David’s face when the interviewer says, “We’ve heard that fans from Vietnam, U.S. and Canada, they’re all coming in to see you act.” David (using every technique learned in acting class to feign calm): “Really???

Also loved this interview, especially David mentioning Johnny Depp… I’m a big Depp fan and I’ve always seen similarities between the two — the way Depp steers clear of all the Hollywood hoopla and focuses on doing projects he believes in, the way he’s shy in interviews but blossoms when he’s performing, and also the way he shed his teen-idol image to become a well respected artist. 🙂



David Archuleta gears up for Nandito Ako, his TV5 mini-serye

Sasha Lim Uy | Published: Jan 17, 2012 – 11:11am

( January has been a starry month for the Philippines, so far. After the much-hyped Bourne Legacy filming on Leveriza Street, another international celebrity has landed on our shores, one who needs little introduction.

David Archuleta, who has been to the Philippines three times prior to this latest visit, arrived in Manila on Friday morning, January 13 and made a beeline for a press conference shortly after landing. But don’t go looking for tickets to his concert. The 21-year-old crooner is here for an entirely different project, something that requires minimal singing. Archuleta is set to star in the latest TV5 mini-serye Nandito Ako with Jasmine Curtis and Eula Caballero.

The American Idol alum will play Josh, a Filipino-American singer who returns to his native country. Apart from singing the eponymous Filipino theme song, Archuleta is slated to shoot in the Philippines for an intense three weeks. The program is one of his final commitments before taking a sabbatical from the public eye to fulfill a two-year proselytizing mission for his church. sat down with the newest TV5 star as he talked about acting, becoming more mature, and why it’s more fun in the Philippines.

On preparing for his first main acting gig:

“I sort of took (a class) in New York before I came over here. It wasn’t exactly like a class… The lady that I worked with was great. She helped me kind of loosen up. It made me look forward to doing this and that it’ll be fun.”

“She just really taught me (that) instead of  how people sometimes get caught in reading the lines, saying the lines, and acting out the lines, she focused on how I could relate to what the words were even if it wasn’t me. For the most part the character I’m playing is very much me which is nice but there are parts where you have to pretend. So how can you still put yourself in there? How can you still connect? She was great at teaching me to find exercises on how to do that.”

On what kind of drama we’ll expect from him:

“I guess it’s pretty dramatic. There are pretty dramatic scenes in it. It’s right up the alley of (usual) dramas. Like there are parts where I get separated from my mom, and there’s a fire—like that. So it is dramatic. And there are other things going on. Like whatever love triangle is going on. Ha ha ha.”

On the actor he looks up to:

“I guess Johnny Depp. Just because it was interesting to see how he was in interviews, talking, and just the kind of person he tended to be, and then seeing how he got into character when it was time to act.”

On whether he’s going for a more mature image now that he’s 21:

“I guess? I don’t know if I’m ever going to mature. Ha ha ha. I feel like I’m never going to grow up, to be honest, but we’ll see. Whatever happens naturally, that’s what I keep thinking.”

On who he wants to collaborate with in the future:

“I would love to collaborate with Natalie Cole because for me she’s like a legend. She was such a huge inspiration to me. You know, a lot of the inspirations I grew up with, they may not be alive anymore, but she’s one of those people, who, for me is a living legend so I would love to get a chance to do something with her. For some reason, when I was 11 years old, I just loved Natalie Cole. And her dad was Nat King Cole, too.”

On eventually pursuing acting:

“You never know. I never saw myself doing that but just like anything, it opens a door. Let’s see what comes. It’s interesting to see what my thoughts are on acting after this experience because this will be my first. I did do iCarly and Hannah Montana but it was really short, very brief. I just had to be myself.”

On his religious mission:

“It’s very much focused on service—service to people in other communities and being able to change them. It’s also very much about sacrifice. For me, it was very hard because there would be a lot to sacrifice but that was my personal reason why I wanted to go—because of what you sacrifice and what you learn through sacrifice. Not having my family, my career, securer things in my life, I know in a way I will grow a lot which I haven’t been able to, yet. I’m looking forward to it.”

On what strikes him most about the Philippines:

“The number one thing in any place is people. That’s always the thing that strikes me; it’s what I remember the most in anywhere I go, especially here in the Philippines. The people here have always been very gracious, very friendly, and just very supportive. Every single time that we’ve come here, it’s always been [a] great and amazing experience.”

On why it’s more fun in the Philippines:

“I can say that I’ve always had a blast in the Philippines so it’s fun for me when I come here. It’s great.”



UPDATE! David to record English version of “Nandito Ako”! *cartwheels* …
from this Enquirer Entertainment interview:

Pinoy at heart

It was such a thrill to meet David Archuleta of “American Idol” fame. I visited the set of “Nandito Ako,” his dramaserye with TV5, on its first taping day. As soon as we were introduced, he hummed “Hello Dolly” and said it’s one of his favorite songs.

I got to listen to his version of “Nandito Ako.” I was pleasantly surprised that he sang it in almost perfect Pinoy diction. He is also set to record its English version, “Forever With You” (as translated by the song’s composer, Aaron Paul).

He’s a fan of Regine Velasquez, so there are plans for him to meet her and Ogie Alcasid as well. I’m sure Ogie will like David’s version of his hit song, “Nandito Ako.”

Direk Mac Alejandre said David is such a delight to work with. “He knows what’s expected of him. And he’s a perfectionist. Siya mismo ang gustong umulit ng eksena if he feels he can do more. If only he could stay here longer, it would be great to do a movie with him. For a first-time actor, he’s a natural.”

The Archuleta fever has spread across Asia. Fans from neighboring countries are even flying in to watch his tapings. David’s fans from all over Asia will be included in the concert scene of his teleserye (Visit and follow

He took time out from his hectic schedule to attend a Mormon service last Sunday. After his three-week stay here, he is off to Singapore, before going on a two-year hiatus to fulfill his religious mission.

Read rest HERE.

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13 Responses to Flirt Alert: David Archuleta … SO ready for his closeup … are we??

  1. Archugeezer says:

    First we get a 2-arm hug, and then we get 2 disarming screen caps. No wonder I’m in a dither!

    Isn’t this fun?

  2. abanana77 says:

    LOVE that he said he liked Johnny Depp!! Made me super excited! I actually have a Johnny Depp poster in my room beside my David Archuleta one 😛

    Also TOfan, “What’s next? Pirate Movies?” >>>> YES!!

  3. Kizzi says:

    I think I woke up a few days back in another reality. :D. Not exactly “Twilight Zone,” but more like one of Stephen Speilberg’s “Amazing Stories.”

    Lol abanana and TOfan. I have always made sure to see a Johnny Depp movie when it came out. I was just watching the last “Pirates” movie last week and commented to Mr K that I thought David could get into roles like Depp. Holy Toledo!!!!

    And mentioning Canada in the interview. Woo to a Mega Major Hoo! 😀

  4. Heidijoy says:

    Those screencaps………….No words!!! Whew!!!
    David seems pretty comfortable in the interviews and the challenges of being a new actor!!

    Enjoying all the Updates!! Twitter has been all a twitter. …Love the way these people love to tweet and keep us informed……………
    ….and thank You Tofan for keeping us updated. Also enjoying your comments on twitter!!
    Poor David! Priceless when the interviewer told him we were all coming to see him!!!!

  5. TOfan says:

    Interesting comment on David’s “Wait” video:
    “The American industry cleared the scene of any cute teenaged boy. So Archuleta (and others) were deliberately shoved aside. Which is why David has become a big star in other parts of the world, but in the USA, most people ask “what ever happened to that kid from IDOL?”

    All to make way for silly Justin Bieber.

    It’s awful, but that’s how the politics of the music industry works. It’s so controlled, you’d never believe it.

  6. refnaf says:

    Totally loling at this pic^^^ Seems that JB wants to look like David!!!

  7. refnaf says:

    K that was in response to the “wait” vid comment…. I erased half my post *sigh*

    TOfan thanks for all your efforts in keeping us in the loop!
    Never in my life would I have thought that I would anticipated watching a Filipino soap opera!!!
    This all new for David (and me)
    Also ROTFL at this “I don’t know if I’m ever going to mature. Ha ha ha. I feel like I’m never going to grow up, to be honest, but we’ll see. Whatever happens naturally, that’s what I keep thinking.”
    Ya, we’ll see David. Perhaps over the next couple of years???

  8. TOfan says:

    First :42 seconds of David singing “Nandito Ako”!!!!

  9. peppertara says:

    Nandito Ako…..Oh My Josh, stunning (as I expected and anticipated)! Doesn’t matter that he is singing in Tagalog (and sounding perfecto)….it’s David and you feel it all. Well, he can add another language to his list. Just flows so naturally to him, cannot wait for the whole song! Want both versions now, Tagalog and English version!
    Love the interviews posted here, very dapper looking David too and gotta love those looks at the camera. I am still trying to catch up on all the wonderful blitz of information about our prince. Thanks so much for all the updates TOfan, he’s such a star!
    Really interesting comment about the Wait video and hmm….yep.
    The dark hair video…well, can’t blame a guy for trying I guess, haha.

    Love that we are being saturated with so much great info! Really hope this mini series will be available to purchase…maybe on DVD.
    As refnaf said…”Never in my life would I have thought that I would anticipated watching a Filipino soap opera!!! Lol, me either, this one will be very special however and think will be the ‘soap of soaps” and one I cannot wait to immerse myself in. 🙂
    Very exciting for David and think this will be such a great experience for him!

  10. TOfan says:

    Have we seen this interview yet? (Out of practice with this flood of news!)

  11. TOfan says:

    New post/thread!


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