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Derek Ramsay: Is he or isn't he?

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Derek RamsayFUNFARE By Ricardo F. Lo 
December 14, 2009 12:00 AM 

Let’s get real.

First things first.

No, Derek Ramsay is not your typical rich boy born with the proverbial silver spoon in his mouth. He’s down-to-earth and he doesn’t snort at poor people, even if he was born in England by a British father and a Filipina mother. Derek can live like a prince but no, he’s not the idle-rich type.

“I work for my keep,” he insists. “I have to work my way up to the top. I don’t want to just sit pretty and wait for things to be served to me on a silver platter.”

He joined showbiz against his parents’ wishes.

“So I ran away from home and I lived with a family in Masambong, Quezon City. I would hang around in the street corner in my shirt and boxers and in slippers, and I would talk to all the people there. That’s how I learned how to speak Tagalog. I stayed there for over a year.”

One day, he took pares-pares for dinner and suffered from food poisoning that landed him in the hospital, throwing up blood. His parents sought him out. That’s how they reconciled. They moved him to a better hospital.

Derek Ramsay His journey to fame — and fortune — started in commercials. He also excelled in sports, and then he moved to the fashion ramp and ended up in showbiz.

“If I have to do something, I always have to think that I’m the best,” he says.

True to his words, Derek surprised even himself by becoming a fine actor, initially in television and finally in movies.

In his latest starrer, Star Cinema’s 2009 Metro Filmfest entry I Love You, Goodbye, directed by Laurice Guillen, he’s paired with real-life girlfriend Angelica Panganiban, with Gabby Concepcion and Kim Chiu as co-stars. He plays a seductive photographer who attracts Angelica away from her doctor-lover (Gabby) whose daughter (Kim) happens to be dating Derek.

“I never thought that Angelica and I would end up as girlfriend-boyfriend,” confesses Derek. “We just started hanging out. My association with her did help me get people’s attention. But I never used her to get jobs or to gain fame. That’s why I think we have a very healthy relationship.”

Incidentally, does he still recognize the poor family who “adopted” him?

“I still see them.”

Meanwhile, let’s get to know Derek better by finding out if “he is” or “he is not.”

• Is he in the right profession?

“First time I’ve been asked that. To tell you the truth...uhhhh, I’ve asked myself that question many times. I’ve never imagined that I’d be doing this. But the response that I’m getting for the work that I’m doing tells me that, yes, I’m in the right business. So I will continue doing this. I know that the fame and the attention will come to an end someday because somebody better than you will come along, striving harder than you are. I’m willing to move on when that time comes. For now, enjoy ako sa ginagawa ko.”

• Is he happy with the way his career is going?

Gabby Concepcion Kim Chu“Yes, I am...very, very happy. I can’t ask for more.”

• Is he onion-skinned?

“No, I’m not. Everyone is entitled to his own opinion. I don’t work to please people; I just give people respect. If they don’t like me, that’s fine with me.”

• Is he vulnerable to temptations in showbiz (and how does he deal with them)?

“Temptations concerning women? I just smile at them and walk away. Indecent proposals? They are very easy to handle. Thanks for the offer but thank you. Yes, there have been ‘offers’ but I’m proud to say that I worked hard to be where I am now.”

• Is he secretive?

“I believe that there are some things that I must keep to myself. But I share them anyway with the few people that I completely trust.”

• Is he a one-woman man?

“Yes, I am.”

• Is he faithful?

“Yes, I am.”

• Is he (in his opinion) sexy?

“The only parts of my body that I can consider sexy are my shoulders. I was born with big shoulders.”

• Is he independent?

“Very!”

• Is he just lucky?

“Too lucky!”

• Is he vain?

“Hmmmm. Actually, perhaps the only vain thing that I do is I use one brand of facial soap. But I don’t always keep myself dressed up. I like to wear things that are comfortable. I call myself an island boy. So, no, I don’t consider myself very vain.”

• Is he a Mama’s Boy?

“I am best friends with my dad but when I have problems, I run to my mom.”

• Is Derek Ramsay for real — you know, is what we see what we get?

“Yes, I’m for real. Ask people who know me well. I’m very vocal, I speak my mind. If people don’t like me, sorry na lang. I’m still the same guy as I was when I started in showbiz five years ago.”

How would he describe himself in three words?

“Fun, spontaneous, easy-going.”

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