Rolly Taringting also know as Lee Oliveros in the world of Philippine theater. He is a photography enthusiast and alumnus of Polytechnic University of the Philippines with the Bachelor degree of Arts major in Theatre Arts. It’s been four years since the last time he did his passion for acting when he became part of a docudrama show in GMA News TV, “Wagas: Mga totoong kwento ng pag-ibig,” and after that he just focused on his profession. But after he performed in Art Rally MNL’s advocacy, “Ako naMAN: Featured Performers,” and “Pusitibo” he feels fired up to come back into his world.
Full Name and Alias: Rolly Taringting/ Lee Oliveros
Location: Antipolo City
Education: BA Theatre Arts
What is your current state of mind before we continue with the interview? Rank Game sa ML (Mobile Legends). Haha
When did you first know you wanted to become an stage actor?
When I was in high school, we were always required to watch theater plays in Teatro Marikina. Nakalimutan ko na kung ano yung pinakaunang play na napanood ko pero kasama na dun yung “Noli Me Tangere” at “El Filibusterismo” na parehas pinagbidahan ni Sir Jeffrey Santos. May mga plays din akong napanood sa UP Diliman, kasama na yung “Romeo & Juliet” at “O’Moises.” I was so amazed and curious to discover the magic of theater. Iba yung saya o galak, at excitement na naramdaman ko nung unang beses akong nakapanood ako ng theater play na hanggang ngayon nararamdaman ko sa tuwing nakakapanood ako ng ibang plays. Kaya nasabi ko sa sarili ko na “Gusto ko ‘to.” At pag sinabi kong gusto ko, gagawan ko ng paraan para matupad ko. Naks!
What was the first show you ever did? And hows the experience?
High school play: Ibong Adarna. Professional theater: PPB! Pangarap, Panaginip o Bangungot: Operetang Palaisipan. Isa ako sa mga engkanto at kabataan/ dancers (Naks, dancer naman pala ako haha.) Isang pribileheyo para sa’kin na napabilang ako dulang iyon kasi nakasama ko rito ang mga beteranong aktor at aktres na sina Sir Toby Alejar, Ms. Chin Chin Gutierrez, at ang sumulat ng dula at aming direktor na si Sir Roy Alvarez (Maraming salamat po. You’ll always be missed). Napakaganda ng mensahe ng dula at napakahusay na direktor ni Sir Roy (Kaya muli, maraming salamat po). Nakasama ko rin ang ilan sa mga kaklase ko nung Uni (University) days, kaya naging magaan lang ang lahat, special mention to Thammy na naging daan para makasama ako sa dula. Sayang lang at di na nasundan pa, plano pa naman sana na maging understudy ako for the lead role para sa next show. But I’m still proud and happy for that opportunity and experienced.
What has been your favorite role so far?
Apat? pwede ba?
– Hamlet “Hamlet”
– Marco “Cleansed: Ang Paglilinis” (Thesis play namin).
– Romeo “Romeo at Julieta”
– At ang Parokyano sa “APAAP” (Ang Parokyano at Ang Pokpok).
Have you ever played someone of the opposite gender? (If not do you want to try it?) What was that like?
I haven’t tried it yet. But why not?
What show/shows are you currently working on?
Wala pa so far. Pero may nilulutong event ang Art Rally MNL for August na sana makasama ako. Haha
Have you ever forgotten your lines, or a prop, or choreography during a performance? What happened?
Yes, sa final production namin sa isang subject nung Uni days. Ang hirap lang nun kasi director at actor ako at the same time dahil sa kakulangan ng actor. Nakalimot ako ng linya. It was an awkward silence then cricket moment (kuliglig mode haha). Pero the show must go on.
What is something that you know now that you wish you knew when you were first starting out as an actor?
Read. Read. Read. Aminado naman ako, I’m not a fan of reading books but I’m working on it now. Everytime I see some interesting articles especially about Arts (Photography, Theater, Acting, etc.) I can’t stop reading it. Also about foods and businesses.
Besides acting, what other training have you had (voice, dance, stage combat, etc.)?
BPO trainings. haha.. Wala pa kong kahit na anong training na napagdaanan puro sariling experiences lang and self study. Pero kung bibigyan ako ng pagkakataon, G ako.
How do they memorize alot of lines?
What is important is getting to know your character and the story of the play kasi once na nabasa mo na yung script, easy na lang yung flow ng pag mememorize mo ng lines. Mas maganda kung gagawa ka ng background story ng character mo. Dun papasok ang paggawa ng homework ng isang actor, research (read, watching movies or humugot ka based on your own experiences) Kaya ang importante dito, PUSO, kasi kung isasaisip mo lang lahat ng linya pwede mong makalimutan yan, hindi katulad ng pagsasapuso, iba yan, kusa na lang gagana yan. Tama ba? Hehe
If you could choose, what three actors would you really want to work with?
Sharmaine Buencamino – A Mom/ Teacher
John Lloyd Cruz – Idol!
Liza Soberano – Sorry na, Fanboy. Crush ko talaga sya.
Why do you think theater is important?
Because Theater is Life. It’s a reflection of reality.
Why do you think so many aspiring actors end up giving up on their dream?
Maybe because they don’t have enough patience to get into it. PATIENCE, HARD WORK, at PUSO ang mga kailangan para makasurive ka bilang isang actor.
What is something embarrassing or unexpected that happened to you on stage?
Bukod dun sa cricket moment… Di ako (hahaha.. natatawa na naman ako) yung kaklase ko (Uni days), di ko makakalimutan yung scene (Sa Hamlet) na kailangan niyang magtago sa likod ng kurtina, tapos ayun di inasahan na matumba yung set kasama sya, good thing di naman sya nasaktan. After ng show grabe talaga tawa ng lahat hanggang sa makagraduate na ko yun talaga yung pinakatumatak sa’kin na nakakatawa/nakaktuwang moment. Memorable talaga yung Hamlet days. Hahaha 😂
What are some of the greatest fears you think actors/actress face?
Yung kapag wala ng sumusuporta at nagtitiwala sa’yo. (Aw. Ang lungkot naman nun). Kahit saang field naman siguro.
What do you need in order to become a successful actor?
Mukhang wala pa ko sa posisyon para magsalita about it. Pero I think tulad ng sinabi ko, PATIENCE, HARD WORK, at PUSO, idagdag pala natin ang RESPECT.
What makes a good stage actor in your opinion?
Someone who is always willing to learn and know how to listen. Bilang isang aktor kailangan ay uhaw ka lagi sa bagong kaalaman, di pwedeng paulit ulit. At syempre yung aktor na marunong rumespeto sa sarili at sa mga nakakatrabaho.
What are the pros and cons of being a actor? Please be specific.
– You can be anyone you want to be.
– You can be an inspiration.
– You can use it as an outlet.
-You can get rejected a few times. (Pwedeng mas maraming beses pa kaysa nung nabasted ka).
– The projects of an average actor is not regular and it does not pay very well.
What goal are you working towards within your career and when will you know you have reached it?
I want to pursue my passion as an actor at kung kaya, I want it to be my profession. Kapag siguro nabusog na ang utak at puso ko ng kaalaman, at pati lamang-tiyan, ayun siguro haha.
What organizations do you belong to?
Pagkakataon ko na ‘to para ipromote ang grupo. Haha. Sa ngayon, sumasama-sama sa mga proyekto ng ART RALLY MNL. Nitong taon lang ay ginanap ang mga proyekto kung saan nakasama ako, ang “Ako NaMan” at ang “Pusitibo” kung saan nakatanggap kami ng maraming tulong at magagandang feedback mula sa mga nanood. Hanapin nyo lang po ang FB page, ‘ART RALLY MNL’ para sa mga susunod pang proyekto ng grupo. Sa ngayon tuloy pa rin ang school supplies drive ng grupo kaya kung sino man ang may mabubuting puso na nais magpaabot ng tulong, muli hanapin nyo lang po ang FB page, ‘ART RALLY MNL’ and look for the contact details. Maraming salamat po. 🙂
What advice would you give to someone who wanted to do what you do?
PATIENCE, HARD WORK, RESPECT, AND PUSO are the keys.
How do you see yourself 20 or 30 yrs from now?
A loving husband. And I want to be ‘not the best’ but at least a great dad for my kids and a good provider for my family. And I want to keep performing, di lang sa theater, sana pati sa tv and film industry na rin
What legacy you will leave on?
A simple man with BIG DREAMS.
Any final message? Its time to shine!!
This is my first time to be interview with those questions and be feature on an online magazine, so Thank you so much for this opportunity, Sir Axl Guinto. Maybe some of you are still asking kung sino Ako? No worries, same question as mine when Sir Axl asked me for this interview. But hopefully this will help you guys to know the Artist side of me. And for all aspiring actors, never stop dreaming, always believe in yourself, strive for knowledge, and remember those keys (Patience, Work Hard, Respect, at PUSO). But for now, gaya nyo, sabay sabay muna tayo mangangarap. God Bless us all! PUSO!
Photo grab in the official facebook of Lee Oliveros and Art Rally Mnl fanpage.