I have long wanted to write something about Paolo Ballesteros and his portrayal of God Officer Poe in the “sequel” of the original Shaider in GMA‘s Zaido. Why? Because he looks soooooo beautiful and fabulous in it! It doesn’t matter if he has never admitted to being gay in real life. (I hope he does. I so hope someone would actually own up to be gay without going all loud and screaming in the Philippine entertainment industry. It’s about time someone holds up the banner of gay-hood without being typically gay.)
The original Japanese character is a transvestite. He’s the grandson of the main villain of the story. In the Philippine dubbed version, he went by the name, Babaylan Ida. Zaido has retained this name but changed the costume–color, headdress, etc. . Now Paolo plays the role of Ida and, my oh my, doesn’t he look soooo good in it!
Paolo said that it’s just work but didn’t elaborate on the gay issue. His parting shot in this article, however, is pregnant with meanings. Admission or not, I love the way he said it.