Many would say that being a celebrity is one of the most amazing job anyone can have. What else can an individiual ask for behind the fame and fortune the showbiz industry has to offer? As a crazy as it may seem, some of our local celebrities did set aside the glitz and glamour of being an actor or an actress in exchange of having a normal everymen’s job.
This is what Don Laurel, a former talent of ABS CBN, exactly did. He was one of the rising stars of the network when he decided to have a change in his career. Don first entered the showbiz scene through the well received teen drama series Gimik in 1996. He worked with fellow young talents such as Judy Ann Santos, Patrick Garcia, Diether Ocampo, Rico Yan, and many others.
It was the followed with several character portrayal in prime time dramas Mula Sa Puso (1997), Saan Ka Man Naroroon (1999), and Sa Dulo Ng Walang Hanggan (2001). Not long after his last movie, Jologs, was released, Don decided to flew back home to his family which is living in Candada last 2002.
Don went to go after his childhood dream which was to be a police officer. In an interview with a local news network in Canada, Don said:
“I have always wanted to be a police officer,” he told CBC Toronto.
“This is the best job in the world. What I play on TV is make believe. When the camera stops rolling, that’s it.
“As an officer, this is a front-row seat to real life.”
Despite of now being a law enforcer, some of his fellow Filipinos, every now and then, still recognize the actor that he once was which will be followed shortly by a photo op.
Laurel has been with the Toronto Police Service 32 Division for over a decade now. He once shared a funny experience as a police officer where in his showbiz past gave him an edge to perfectly handle a delicate situation.
“It was a call where a male had barricaded himself inside his apartment with a huge knife [pointed at his neck].
“As soon as I started having conversation, engaging with this person who was in crisis at that point in time, immediately he calmed down ’cause he recognized that I was there to help him.
“He looked at me and said, ‘Hey! Aren’t you so-and-so?,’ and I said. ‘Yeah.'”