Usually I don’t notice a lot of things, this I noticed–a ‘Domo’ themed backpack near the end of episode 8 of Khun Chai Puttipat. They are at the market to buy food and they are arguing, she is thinking about starting up a shop selling appetizers and sweets in Ayutthaya and he is annoyed she is planning to leave him.
It was her birthday and everyone on the set of her lakorn with Por Thrisadee is avoiding her, teasing her that she is no longer the darling of the set–a woman who was playing with Yaya said James Jirayu is. In retaliation, Yaya looked at the camera and sent this message to James Jirayu in a cutesy manner:”To nong Jirayu I am #1, you are #10.’ The message has caught the attention of many lakorn fans.
Producer ‘Ja’ Yossinee Nanakorn joked on her IG this past Thursday May 16, 2013 that ‘Linping (a playful nickname for Yaya after the Panda in captivity) has changed channels. Everyone was crowding around Yaya for her lakorn fitting then James Jirayu came out of the elevator suddenly all of the cameras turned to him. Linping has fallen wrote Khun Ya (meaning Yaya is no longer popular). Yaya went around saying if she dressed up like a boy she would more handsome.
It has become the ‘cute’ feud of the week–Yaya playfully getting jealous of James’ popularity.
James and Yaya have very similar characteristic both are EXTREMELY playful and act ‘immature’ at times. Thai lakorn fans want to see a James and Yaya pairing in a lakorn directed by Paa Jaew because they want to be amuse in seeing James and Yaya compete for the attention of everyone on set.
Yaya sends the message to James in the clip at the 1:11 time mark.
Good or Bad. I don’t know. Each personal manager has their own strategy for keeping their star in the spotlight–it seems like most are aiming towards overexposure and maxing out the most profit from their stars. James Jirayu’s personal manager ‘Pik’ Charnchalard Dhaweesap is taking a different approach limiting James’s exposure by not accepting events. This is where Thai stars make their money making appearances at events for a fee. His reasoning behind this is that James Jirayu must focus on being a legitimate ACTOR with staying power, not someone who is just passing by.
This explanation was given by Khun Pran Pramoon (real name Thipdhida Satdhathip) the famous script writer for ‘Khun Chai Puttipat’, ‘Sawan Biang’, ‘Malai Saam Chai’ and several notable Thai lakorns–she wrote on her personal facebook account: James and his personal manager are not aiming to seize for a short period, they are aiming to be the real thing in the entertainment industry for a long time and to develop themselves to stay permanently–to be courteous, modest, and to do their best. They will NOT be greedy, to seize, but they will create. This sound so romantic, lets hope they can do it. Sometimes the most noblest intentions are the hardest to keep. We’ll see.
Some do like this approach citing they see a particular star everywhere from their visit to the 7-eleven, it is coming too much. Another point is that stars do events, do commercials to maintain the attention of the public. Once the lakorn ends, people will spot cheering and gravitate towards a new thing and lose their interest for a particular star– the theory is you have to keep making appearances to stay popular.
I think it is a good thing — there should be a balance. He should stay away from events period, that is where they get you with those rumor questions. If you don’t go, nothing is written about you.
In a span of a few weeks, James Jirayu is getting a lot of love from Thai audiences for his portrayal of the nerdy conservative Khun Chai Puttipat for Ch3′s Gentlemen series. Since his lakorn aired two weeks ago, it has been all about James Jirayu. Will he get as much endorsements as Nadech Kugimiya–he is so handsome, I love him as Khun Chai Pat that is what many are saying about James at Pantip and various media outlets.
James and his co-star Bella Ranee Campen made an appearance on The Tonight Show on Ch3 which aired today, both said they were astounded by their appearance in the lakorn Khun Chai Puttipat, they reacted like fan girls when they saw themselves onscreen. Bella said she never saw herself look in that way–a young poor girl with pigtails.
When they first met, Bella thought James looked very young, in the series he is suppose to be older than her by 10 + years and he just simply thought she was pretty. ‘I saw her and my heart started pounding,’ said James about Bella.
The role was difficult for him since he is described by his co-star as a monkey gentleman for his hyper personality a big contrast from his character Khun Chai Puttipat who is calm and mature. Though COMPLETELY different from who he is, he had to make it believable. Bella’s obstacle was cooking, her character Krong Kaew is a phenomenal cook, Bella had to learn how to hold a knife and learn about domestic duties of a woman.
At Thailand’s pantip forum, there was post petitioning Ch3 to sign Om Akapan yesterday. I was like okay…what? In Thailand, actors can be free agents or they can be contracted actors for a channel. Take for example, rising star James Jirayu will never act in a CH7 lakorn until his 5 year contract with Ch3 ends in 2018. Some stars are signed with production companies which is the case of Om Akapan, he worked for Polyplus production under a 5 year contract. Om Akapan was seen on both Ch3 and Ch7 because Polyplus produced shows and lakorns for both channels.
Recently his contract ended and Om Akapan is leaving Polyplus productions and some say not on good terms.
Reporters asked Om Akapan if he was scared of losing work, Om answered:’Not at all. Now I have to take care of myself I have to slowly learn as I go.’
He recently ended his contract with Polypus, he doesn’t know who will take care of his work queues. ‘I don’t know. I just recently left, I will probably have Ploypus help me out at first.’
Om did not say if Ch7 wanted to sign him. He will be a free agent for now. Reporters asked how long will he be a free agent. He answered:’I don’t know. It’s up the future and I still work 7 days a week.’
Did he get any special advice from anyone. ‘I consulted with my parents.’
Being a free agent is a gamble said reporters. Om said he didn’t want to be a free agent, he just wants to try something new.
‘I don’t want to be a free agent, I just want to accomplish something new in my life, in business too, other career prospects for example in films.’
So you are saying you will get more opportunities if you left. ‘Not more, they took great care of me but I have grown and my 5 year contract is up and I have been with them for 5 years. They have given me a lot.’
Before your contract ended, it was reported Ploypus cut of you off already. Do you not feel offended by this?
‘Not at all. We know each other well. I am a child of Ployplus productions. No mother will hurt their own child. I grew up there.’
Though he claims his relationship with Polyplus productions ended well, articles have discredited his claims. Om assured everyone the situation ended well.
Before becoming a full-fledged actor for CH3, James Ma or Khun Chai Ronnapee from the Gentlemen series auditioned for the spot in the reality singing competition The Star 7. He looks different, did he have eye surgery? Currently James Ma is playing the 5th and youngest brother in the Jutathep family who will fall in love with Mint Chalida for the last installment of the Gentleman series. He gets to kiss her too. Oh la la. Can’t wait.
In the video he is seen hugging the winner of that season, ‘Toom Tam’ Yuthana Puengklarng.