Paul Soriano, actor?

Director Paul Soriano has gotten a lot of screen time the past few weeks, thanks to promotions for his film “Thelma” and his relationship with Kapamilya host-actress Toni Gonzaga. As a semi-regular fixture in front of the camera due to his showbiz connections, is there a possibility viewers could see him as an actor?

The 29-year-old director said that while there have been offers, acting is not part of his plan.

“If I really wanted to be on cam, I should have done it earlier,” he said during the press launch of the stage musical “The Sound of Music” at the Newport Performing Arts Theater recently. “I'm turning 30 next month. (I have) no plans to be in front of the camera. My passion is behind the camera. I'm very comfortable there.”

He added, “I really found my niche there. I want to be behind the camera.”

Paul did take up acting classes in college. However, he said dabbling in acting was only part of his learning process as an artist.

“That's part of being an artist. You want to know how it feels to be in front and behind the camera,” he said. “Of course, when I started to get into producing and directing, that's where I found the niche I believe I'm best at.”

“I would only say yes to something if I'm passionate about it, if I know I can do a hundred and ten percent,” Paul added.

Paul said he's hopes to do another film next year.

Is there a chance that he'd at least consider an acting project in the near future?

“If I get to work with Steven Spielberg as my director, then I would consider it. No, I won't just consider. I'd definitely do it,” he quipped. “Other than that, I would just love to be behind the camera.”

After "Thelma," Paul will work as the video producer in the latest local production of “The Sound of Music.”

“I'm just doing the videos here but it's a big collaboration. It's videos, set design, acting, and music all working at the same time,” he said. “It's a big visual treat. Something different, something exciting.”

This new project, Paul said, is both a challenge and a treat for him, as he grew up watching the 1960s film version of the Rodger and Hammerstein musical.

“I also like to challenge myself in different things. Not just advertising and movies but also in stage, now, theater,” he said.

“The Sound of Music” will run from October 15 to December 11 at the Resorts World Newport Performing Arts Theater.

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