One of the most famous UAAP basketball heartthrobs right now is the former De La Salle Green Archer and now a member of the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons basketball team is Ricci Rivero.
Together with his rigorous basketball practices and busy school life, Ricci also recently did a movie Otlum, under Horseshoe Studios directed by Joven Tan. Ricci was able to squeeze in the project because of his off-season while still serving his one-year residency as an Isko which is a requirement.
In an interview with Rappler last September 2018, Ricci revealed how he got the part in the movie saying,
“I received offers for acting projects since last year pero nagbe-beg off talaga kami kasi priority talaga ang commitment sa basketball both for my former team (La Salle) and sa Gilas.”
He said that the team for the movie made everything comfortable and at ease for Ricci in accepting his first acting project.
“This time, we said yes kasi first yung Horseshoe assured us that they’ll adjust the shooting schedule para wala po masagasaan na class and training schedule sa UP.”
Ricci was briefed and even saw the list of case members before accepting the project.
“Nung nakita ko po [yung cast] lineup, napatanong na lang din ako na kaya ko ba talaga to. Pero sobrang supportive po ng production and cast sa akin kaya po yung kaba ko as a first time actor naging napaka-memorable experience po para sa akin.”
Even though he has a new movie, Ricci said that his basketball career will be his top priority and will always come first before anything.
In an article by PEP.ph last November 2018, Ricci also revealed that he is a big fan of KathNiel, the famous love team of Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla.
He said that he is willing to take any role as long as he gets to work with the famous love team.
“Gusto ko lang, kahit extra lang ako ng KathNiel, kasi sobrang fan ako ng KathNiel, e.”
He said that he has been a fan of the couple since he was in high school.
Ricci said, “Hindi naman sa ayaw ko i-partner kay Kathryn, pero kasi, fan ako ng love team, e. Iba kasi yung dating nila sa akin, e. Ever since talaga… like, siguro first year high school pa lang ako, lahat ng movies, napanood ko na.Yung iba nga, twice pa, yung mga ganun.”
He said that his favorite KathNiel movie is Barcelona: A Love Untold.
Since his statement about being a big fan of KathNiel, some netizens said that he is using KathNiel to become famous.
In the grand press conference of Otlum last December 13, Ricci said that he is not bothered by the comments since he really is a fan of KathNiel.