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5 things you didn’t know about Akihiro Blanco 

by Izel Abanilla

Actor Akihiro Blanco is one of the most handsome men in showbiz. But the Japanese-Filipino actor proves he is more than just a beautiful face. Without a doubt, his good looks also come with talent that deserves a place in the industry. 

The 27-year-old actor has come a long way since he started as a runner-up on TV5’s reality show “Artista Academy” in 2012. 

Although he failed to win, he forayed into the industry and did notable projects that introduced him as a versatile actor. 

He has appeared in numerous programs, but it was through the critically-acclaimed 2019 film “Born Beautiful” where his flexibility as an actor really showed. 

Now a part of the Viva Artists Agency (VAA) family, he is expected to do projects that would further sharpen his acting skills. He is also co-managed by Tyronne Escalante Artists Management.

Apart from his showbiz career, Akihiro is also very visible on social media, where he models for an automotive parts store. He mostly does comical skits for the brand. 

Let’s get to know more about this handsome actor. Here are five things about Akihiro. 

  1. Akihiro is a versatile actor

No doubt, he can play both the good guy and the villain. Among the projects he has done apart from “Born Beautiful” are “This Time I’ll be Sweeter” in 2017 and “The Killer Bride” in 2019. 

Meanwhile, he was able to showcase his bad guy self in drama anthologies like GMA’s “Wish Ko Lang” and “Tadhana,” and ABS-CBN’s “Maala-ala Mo Kaya.”  

  1. Akihiro would like to play the Joker 

Among the roles he dreams of playing is the iconic and controversial Joker. He is thrilled with the challenge of transforming himself into the role of a mentally ill, impoverished party clown with a devilish smile plastered on his face. 

  1. Akihiro loves to play basketball

Yes girls, you should watch him play. Whenever he has time, he plays the game both as a hobby and a sport. 

  1. Akihiro is related to James Blanco

Yes, they are family. Besides both being good looking, the two are blood relatives. Akihiro’s mother happens to be James’ first cousin. Indeed, talent and good genes run in the blood. 

  1. Akihiro’s real name is Akihiro Felix Ishii


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