Nash Aguas: From kiddie winner to actor, and now director

Published January 13, 2018, 5:45 AM

by Hannah Torregoza 

Nash Aguas started in showbiz by joining in 2014 the kids’ edition of “Star Circle Quest,” a talent search.

Nash Aguas (Instagram) /
Nash Aguas (Instagram)

He won and since then, the now-19-year-old actor hasn’t had an inactive year on television. He also has had no shortage of “swag” in performances with his pop group Gimme 5.

However, unknown to many, Nash has long wanted to pursue a different dream. In an article published on ABS-CBN News, the actor said this is one dream that was formed through years of being in front of the camera:

That is, to be behind it.

“Ever since bata pa ako, gusto ko na mag-direct,” he was quoted to have said.

Like being helmed as “Grand Kid Questor” more than a decade ago, this dream, too, has come true.

Nash directs the just-released ABS-CBNmobile series titled “Coffee Break.” Referring to being credited as director, he quipped, “weird pakinggan!”

“Coffee Break” is about a group of friends who regularly bond over coffee, unfolding from the perspective of the café barista. It is Nash’s original concept, saying “Coffee Break” came to form upon the urging of colleagues.

From then, he sought the greenlight from ABS-CBNmobile.

“Nagustuhan nila. Sabi nila, ‘Tutal, sa iyo nanggaling iyong concept, ikaw na rin mag-direct, dahil alam mo ang pasikot-sikot ng story,’” he recalled.

Nash describes the story “feel-good na at the same time tatagos sa puso.”

As example, the actor-turned-director cited parallels between the situations of a character and the type of coffee he tends to drink:

“Ang favorite niya, iced coffee, kasi iyong binibigay na pagmamahal sa kanya, malamig, hindi mainit,” he shared. Another example is the case of “3-in-1,” which goes both for the instant coffee mix, and to describe a cheating partner.

Nash admitted he actually had a doubt about the idea, but thanks to his friends.

He stars on “Coffee Break,” alongside “Goin’ Bulilit” batchmates John Manalo and Igiboy Flores, and Star Magic artists Claire Ruiz and Anne Tenorio. According to him, his fellow cast members helped make his directorial debut less challenging.

“Thankful ako sa cast ko kasi sobrang cooperative naman sila. Lahat kami nagtutulungan sa set,” he said to that effect. “Siguro, lahat kami doon, sanay na kung paano gumawa ng teleserye. Naging masaya at malumanay naman iyong shoot namin.”

However, Nash shared constraints in time and production were the more grueling parts to contend with.

“Ang biggest challenge, maghabol ng araw (para) sa day effect,” he said, referring to ensuring continuity in daytime scenes.

But these kinds of on-set hurdles are no stranger to Nash. After all, he has starred in more than a dozen TV dramas in the last decade.

This early, Nash is setting his sights on mastering a specific genre: A hybrid of horror or family drama.

On whether he thinks directing will become l his long-time career in the future, Nash answered, “Sa tingin ko, umpisa pa lang ito… Hindi mawawala sa akin iyong pagiging artista, pero nakikita ko iyong sarili ko na tumanda as a director.”