Jun 07, 2012|
I started to get into theater and acting when I realized I wasn’t good enough to be a professional athlete.
There’s pressure and excitement to being on stage. You become somebody else. You can only really do that as an actor, an athlete or a politician.
You’re not allowed to scream or cry in society, unless you’re an actor. The only other times are when you get drunk or you’re a spectator at a football match.
I lived in New York for 4-5 years, waiting tables. I tried to make it as a theater actor but couldn’t make that breakthrough.
Going to auditions is tough. You line up for a role with 20 guys who look just like you, memorize the script as fast as you can. But in the end, the panel might take one look at you and say they don’t want you.
I was really pissed off that when I first came on the scene with my band Pru I was branded as this hi-so fraud trying to sing and dance to alternative music. People didn’t know that I had struggled.
I’m not the most optimistic person by nature. I’m also not the kind of person who doesn’t give a shit what people think. I’m always looking to prove myself. But as an artist, you can never make everyone love you.
Dancing is a form of distraction for me as a lead singer. I didn’t know what to do with myself when I first started. So I began to look at my body as an instrument and just move to the rhythm of the songs. Then dancing became my identity.
Now that I’m older, I’m like Jackie Chan, who can no longer do his own stunts. It’s scary that I can’t move as well as before. That’s something my fans will just have to accept.
Everyone has ugly sides to their character. No one’s perfect. My character in Antapal, Jod, kills so many people. I was forced to reach into the depths of my soul to portray this ugliness.
I got beaten up pretty badly one time in the early 90s. I was at a pub and obviously bumped into the wrong person. I’d never been in a fight before but he just kept taunting me, so we eventually took it outside. I got knocked out from behind then set upon by seven guys. When I got home, I just looked in the mirror and began crying at the absurdity. I felt like I was in a film or something.
There’s nothing beautiful about violence. Everybody just starts punching like a little girl when they have a fight in real life.
I’d always felt guilty that I never really helped with my family’s business. Then a few years ago, my mom asked if I wanted to do something with some land in the old part of town right on the Chao Phraya River. Since then, I’ve put all my efforts into building a hotel called The Siam which will open next month.
I wish I lived in the 1920s. I think the Rattanakosin district is the only part of Bangkok that has any character.
I recently moved my whole life to the old part of town. I began restoring a 100-year-old building last year so that I can live there with my wife and two kids. It was where my mother was born, but no one has been living there for 60-70 years.
I was worried that the house wasn’t as cozy as the condo my kids were used to. But luckily there is Suan Rommaninat Park right across the street for them to play in.
You don’t know what love is until you have kids. It’s a whole new level of love from what you’ve experienced before.
My wife is also my best friend. Guys who flirt with her always wonder how I managed to get this wonderful woman.
I’ve always been a sentimental person. When I was 12 years old, I watched the most beautiful romantic movie ever called Somewhere in Time. I was so hooked on it. It made me start believing in true love.
I always believed that I wouldn’t sleep with anybody until I found the woman I wanted to marry. That’s what happened. I was a virgin for such a long time that some people thought I was gay. I didn’t want to fool around with girls I didn’t love.
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. My mom used to tell me to embrace as many passions as I could, so hopefully some will work out.
Life is all about the experiences. Whether your dreams come true or not, you should feel that you gave it a shot. And at least you had a dream.