MODEL/ACTOR Derek Ramsay has signed an exclusive contract with GMA Network, ending his seven-month hiatus from show business.

“I was honest with them that I haven’t been working for the past six to seven months because I was chasing my dream to become a professional golfer,” Mr. Ramsay told the media during a press conference on April 3 at the GMA offices in Quezon City.

In 2017, Mr. Ramsay and actor John Estrada won the Jack Nicklaus International Invitational held in Dublin, Ohio.

“During those initial talks, [the network] was patient enough to give me time to prepare mentally because it’s not easy to come back to this kind of work where you have to give 100%… I wanted to be fully prepared when I entered GMA,” Mr. Ramsay said of his absence in front of the camera.

He said he began talking with the network for several months ago.

Mr. Ramsay was under contract with TV5 from 2012 to 2017.

He said he feels good to be back.

“I’m back, this is where I started, this is where I gained the confidence to become who I am today,” he said, noting that he got his start in the variety show Eat! Bulaga in 2001 where he hosted a segment until 2004. The almost 40-year-old show is currently a block timer in GMA.

Mr. Ramsay became a talent under ABS-CBN’s Star Magic from 2005 to 2010.

During his almost two-decades in show biz, he has starred in numerous TV series and films including Dan Villegas’ entry to the 2014 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), English Only, Please, a role for which he won a Best Actor trophy. In 2017, he once again won Best Actor for another Mr. Villegas film, All of You, a 2017 entry to the MMFF. In both films, he starred with actress Jennylyn Mercado who is also a GMA Network star.

Among his other films are No Other Woman (2011) and Trophy Wife (2014).

During his stint in TV5, he hosted The Amazing Race Philippines in 2012 and 2014 and was the lead actor in 2013 series, Undercover.

Now that he is with GMA, he announced that he will be starring alongside Andrea Torres in the upcoming primetime series, The Better Woman.

The show, which will start taping in mid-April, is about a woman with two identities.

Angel Javier-Cruz, GMA’s VP for corporate communications, on the sidelines of the event said the show is a “bit like Rhodora X but different.”

Rhodora X was a 2014 psychological thriller starring Ms. Mercado in the title role about a woman with multiple personalities.

“This project, I really like — it’s very risky, very different and that’s how I like things… I like to take bigger risks,” Mr. Ramsay said of his role.

Though he kept mum on the details of the show, he said his character is one who is embroiled in a “really messed up situation” and that he can’t wait to shoot the scenes where the other characters find out what his character has done.

Ms. Javier-Cruz said there’s no set airing date for the show as they are yet to start shooting. — Zsarlene B. Chua