He talks about how he prepared for the show and what it was like on set.
If you hang out on TikTok, you know who Sean Tristan is. After all, that’s where this cutie got his start. His entertaining videos have earned 18.4 million likes and 782.5 thousand followers. As his popularity grew, Sean caught the eye of ABS-CBN’s top brass. Last February, Dreamscape Entertainment’s Deo Endrinal invited Sean to join The Squad Plus. He jumped at the chance, and his career in mainstream showbiz began.
Aside from creating content with the other teen stars in The Squad Plus, Sean has been busy with two shows. He appeared in Run to Me, which was still airing when he was cast in Beach Bros. Newbies don’t usually get back-to-back projects, so Sean lost no time in thanking ABS-CBN.
“Sobrang blessed and thankful ako,” he said at the Beach Bros media conference. “Ibang-iba yung digital media sa mainstream media. Mas nakaka-overwhelm ito. This is the first time I experienced anything like this. But I’m happy. Fingers crossed na tuluy-tuloy pa rin takbo ng career ko in the future.”
Sean Tristan and his co-stars
In Run to Me, Sean played Diamond “Mond” Riccio, the kid brother of Alexa Ilacad‘s character Jewel. He didn’t have as much screen time as the leads. But he has a bigger role in Beach Bros as an aspiring influencer named Jeremy Marvista.
“Similar kami in the sense na nagsimula din ako bilang social media influencer. When it comes to our personalities, pareho kaming may happy-go-lucky, relaxed na attitude. I can also say that may pagka-sentimental si Jeremy. Mahilig kasi siya mag-take ng videos, ‘for the memories’ daw.”
While some of his co-stars had to lose weight for the show, Sean had a different problem. He’s somewhat lean, and production asked him to bulk up before showing up on set. But although he tried his best, he failed to put on weight. To this day, he’s not sure why. His co-stars reassured him by saying it’s kind of a good problem to have.
“I tried,” he says sheepishly. “For example, kapag kumakain kaming lahat, ako yung pinakamarami ang kinakain. Pero ako pa rin yung pinaka-skinny sa buong cast.”
Speaking of the cast, Sean says he had a blast working on Beach Bros. According to him, everyone on set was a breeze to work with, even those who had more experience.
“Kapag nasa tent kami, nag-e-enjoy lang talaga kami. Smooth sailing lang. Sina Chie [Filomeno] and Kyle [Echarri] are approachable and easy to get along with. May pangalan na talaga sila in the industry, so siyempre parang nakaka-intimidate yun. Pero they never made any of us feel na mas mataas sila sa amin. Sobrang down-to-earth pa rin nila. Work-wise, professional sila lalo na kapag rolling na,” he says.
Sean and Raven, BL couple?
Sean Tristan learned a lot from observing Chie and Kyle. In the future, he hopes to pick up tips from another one of his peers, former child star Zaijian Jaranilla.
“Ever since May Bukas Pa pinapanood ko na siya. He played an iconic role in a successful teleserye. Idol ko siya because I like the way that he carries himself.”
On Beach Bros, Sean’s character is the best friend of Raven Rigor’s Pete Resurreccion. One of the show’s teasers hinted at a romance between them. When reporters asked if their characters will wind up together, Sean played coy.
“Best friends kami. Influencer ako, siya medyo repressed” he says. “Pero we’re very, very close to.”
Make of that what you will, mga Kapamilya.
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