First seen in StarStruck: The Next Level, Paolo Avelino started to captivate just some viewers' hearts with his simple but promising looks.
Because he didn't win in the said talent search, his entry to showbiz became slow but gradually rising. Despite getting good roles in GMA 7 soaps, he wasn't getting the best projects. The network that discovered him also saw his acting potential so he was cast alongside Aljur Abrenica but only second to the said actor. This despite the fact that he's way better than Abrenica in the acting department.
This may have been the reason why he had to take another route. As 2012 began to unfold, Paolo Avelino began to see the star that shines brighter to him, he saw how Star Magic and ABS-CBN make big stars. It may have been the star that struck him.
He began having shows in ABS-CBN when he transferred. But the most remarkable to date is Walang Hanggan. For Kapamilya viewers, he was a revelation. For Kapuso followers, most of them knew what he had. But they also knew that he only needed a much bigger break. One that GMA 7 wasn't able to offer him. Because of that, the rival network grabbed this opportunity.
In no time Paolo Avelino became a hit. Not because of his looks, not because of his physique, but mainly because of his acting.
This ought to be a wake up call to GMA 7 Artist Center and the network as a whole. Consider how Avelino was in his former network. And consider him now just months after transferring, his name is now parallel to Coco Martin. Although not as big as the latter, but acting-wise, he's there.
Could it be that he was a big regret for GMA 7 that they released him?
Paolo Avelino, a star who sought for it and found it... Not in the network that discovered him, but in the new network that really FOUND him.