Seb Castro

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Sebastian Castro
Sebastian Castro.jpg
Castro in August 2012
Born Benjamin Brian Castro
(1992-12-22) December 22, 1992 (age 24)
Oceanside, New York, U.S
Other names Seb Castro, Brian Castro
Occupation Actor, Singer, Online Personality
Years active 2013–present

Benjamin Brian Castro (born December 22, 1992), better known by his stage name Sebastian Castro, is a Peruvian-Asian American actor, singer, and YouTube sensation. He is an internet celebrity with a sizeable following in Southeast Asia.

Castro is most widely known for his viral gay-themed music video "Bubble,” which garnered over three million views. "Bubble" brought Castro fame across South East Asia, most visibly in the Philippines and Thailand.[1][2]

Early life & Personal life[edit]

Born in Long Island, New York, at age 17, Castro was disowned by his parents for being gay. He financed his education independently.[3]

He studied in Savannah College of Art and Design, before withdrawing early in 2014 upon being casted for Philippine commercials.[3]

Sebastian Castro came out as gay on a Philippine Podcast Beki Nights shortly after releasing his viral music video. When asked why he chose to come out on the GMA Network show H.O.T. TV, he responded, “I know there are lots of people out there that are scared to be themselves."[4]

In 2014, Sebastian Castro and former ABS-CBN Reporter Ryan Chua publicly acknowledged their relationship over social media.[5] Castro made the announcement during a trip to London where Ryan was undergoing a masters program from City University of London.[6]

After a public 4-year relationship, the two separated in September 2017.[7]

Career[edit]

On February 14, 2013, Castro's first music video "Bubble" appeared on YouTube, quickly garnering over 3 million views. Bubble further popularized the dance crazy "Bubble Pop," particularly in the Philippines,[8][9] the music video was Sebastian Castro's "coming out." Prior to releasing the homo-erotic Bubble music video, Castro was not publicly open about his sexuality.[2][3]

Castro has landed several major product endorsements in SouthEast Asia, including Jollibee, Pantene Hair, and Sun Cellular.[2][10] He was featured among the Philippine Cosmopolitan Bachelors of 2012 and is currently an endorser of Blued and Cathy Valencia, a Philippine-based skin care brand.[2][11][12]

After being casted in several minor and supporting roles on TV and Film over the course of 5 years, Sebastian Castro appeared in his first lead role in full feature film 4 Days (2017), an independent film by Filipino director Adolfo Alix Jr. [13][14]

PLM Film Society heralded the film as “one of the more inventive films of the genre in recent memory,” adding “Mikoy Morales and Sebastian Castro complement each other onscreen, Morales with his tough and heartbreaking take on Mark, and Castro filling Derek full of reservations, doubts and an unspoken multitude of feelings.”[15]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Company
2013 ‘’Voyage’’ Sebastian ArtWalker Studios
2015 ‘’Mrs.’’ Sonny Boy Independent, FLT Films International
2017 ‘’Bar Boys’’ Atty Victor Cruz TropicFrills Film Productions, Quantum Films
2017 4 Days’’ Derek Hernandez Independent
2018 ‘’Bakwit Boys’’ Oscar T-Rex Entertainment Productions
2018 ‘’Urban Legends’’ Leon Independent

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tuazon, Neil Darius. "Cosmo Hunk Sebastian Castro "Comes Out" on Youtube". Pep.ph. Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d Pumaloy, Rey. "Youtube Sensation Sebastian Castro: I am Gay". Pep.ph. Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Ignacio, Alwyn. "Sebastian Castro: Out of the Bubble". The Daily Tribune. Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Pumaloy, Rey. "Youtube sensation Sebastian Castro: I'm Gay". GMANetwork.com. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  5. ^ Chika, Lex. "Ryan Chua at Sebastian Castro, nag-out bilang lovers". pinoyparazzi.com. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  6. ^ Espiritu, Jeffrey. "Ryan Chua: Pinoy reporter in London". ph.news.yahoo.com. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  7. ^ Acar, Aedrianne. "Actor/Internet sensation Sebastian Castro confirms split with TV reporter Ryan Chua". GMANetwork.com. Retrieved 6 October 2017. 
  8. ^ Yu, Allen. "The Rise of a Filipino Gay Icon". Bakliterati. Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
  9. ^ Sablan, Mark. "Tutorial: Sebastian Castro Demonstrates How To 'Bubble Pop'". Coconuts Manila. Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
  10. ^ San Diego Jr, Bayani. "Meet the Boy in a Pink Bubble". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
  11. ^ Faicol, Beatrice. "Get woke to Sebastian Castro on Blued Live". teammag.ph. Retrieved 3 October 2017. 
  12. ^ Alvarez, Mark. "Sebastian Castro: The Hunky Pastelist". RPA Style. Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
  13. ^ Tamayo, Frank. ""4 Days"- A film on fumbling through first love in the closet". teammag.ph. Retrieved 27 August 2017. 
  14. ^ Ilaya, Felix. "Pelikula ni Mikoy Morales na '4 Days' magkakaroon na ng commercial release". gmanetwork.com. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 
  15. ^ Macarayan, Macky. "The Waiting Game: A review of Adolfo Borinaga Alix Jr.'s "4 Days"". cinemuralla.wixsite.com. Retrieved 21 August 2016. 

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