(SPOT.ph) Since #AlDub became a thing in 2015, Alden Richards has become a staple in social media, glossy magazine pages, noontime shows, and even billboards across the Metro. His new book, Alden Richards: In My Own Words, chronicles his five-year rise to the top—from failed auditions and joining male pageants to almost quitting showbiz, and now, his life as one-half of the popular love team, AlDub.
During the August 14 launch of the book (which is now on reprint!), the 24-year-old actor and TV host sat with members of the press to talk about his fans, his love for Pokemon Go, and even his interesting thoughts on fame.
How do you feel about [releasing] a new book?
Happy po, kasi how many chances do you get to author your own book? It's a blessing, and it's a way of leaving your legacy. Especially kasi masasabi mo sa mga anak mo o sa mga apo mo na "I've done a book." So this is for them, and for the people who have supported me. It's a way of giving back.
You've been in showbiz for five years. Is there anything about fame that still surprises you?
Every day is a surprise. It's a constant learning experience. Being part of the industry, you have to be prepared for all kinds of things, the good and the bad. There's always a good side [to] everything, [but] there's always a bad side, too. I'm still surprised 'pag may dumadating na blessings. Sometimes, it's also the people that come and go. You'll be surprised at the people who come and go in your life when you're part of this industry.
After the new book, meron ka raw new teleserye [with Maine Mendoza]?
Actually, when it comes to new teleseryes, I really have no idea yet what will happen. I'm still waiting. Sa ngayon po, I'm still doing Eat Bulaga and Sunday PinaSaya.
[You're quite] busy, but we heard you still have time to play Pokemon Go?
[Alden laughs] Those are really rare moments, like when I'm driving pauwi. Siguro 'yon na lang 'yong small joys ko when I play online games. Kumbaga, that's my safe haven. I disguise myself as another character and I'll just be one of them. When I was young, I used to play online games with my kuya, so that brings back memories. These are the things that keep me grounded...doing things I used to do when I was younger.
Alden Richards: In My Own Words is now available in bookstores and newsstands nationwide for P250. For updates, log on to Summit Books' Facebook page.