In every show biz function comedienne Pokwang is involved with especially launches of her movies, TV shows and other performances, she always tags along her American husband Lee O’Brian. That’s how proud is she of Lee who’s making a name for himself as an actor in the diaspora.
During the launch of the 2nd Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) last year at the White Space in Makati City, the controversial couple was a sight to behold because of their striking presence, a mixed marriage of a white man and an Asian woman and a comic at that.
O’Brian has already learned a lot about the Filipino culture courtesy of Pokwang, Marietta Subong in real life. “She is a good teacher,” said Lee in a casual talk during the launch of the national tour of the popular musical “M Butterfly.”
Before Pokwang and Lee got married, he had roamed around the world after he graduated from the University of Washington. He went to Latin America, namely in Costa Rica, Peru, Panama and Ecuador. In these places, he was able to learn the art of speaking Spanish and from it he did a lot of movies in the Latin American continent.
While in the United States of America, O’Brian was able to do films for Filipino co-production ventures like “Edsa Woolworth” and “Forgive Me Father.” It was during the filming of “Edsa Woolworth” that he met Pokwang. As they personally interacted with on the set, Pokwang and Lee began to get interested with each other. He even went to the Philippines not only to try his luck in local show business but to know more about the comedienne.
In Manila, he was part of the special TV caper “Kano Luvs Pinay” for TV5. Later, he was employed in the television drama of the defunct “On the Wings of Love” with James Reid and Nadine Lustre and “Ang Probinsiyano” with Coco Martin both for ABS-CBN. He also appeared in the 2016 hit independent film “Mercury is Mine” with Pokwang, again. The regular seeing of Pokwang and Lee made their relationship more binding until they found each other compatible in love. Eventually, they tied the knot.
But the union wasn’t and still isn’t spared of intrigues and nasty rumors. According to the grapevine, Pokwang was and still is the one feeding her foreigner husband which she eventually denied. It was and still is love that makes their relationship getting stronger.
More than ever, Pokwang and Lee are very much in love. She is very supportive of him. Whenever she’s free and has an ample time to commit to his film, TV and stage projects, she attends to O’Brian’s invites like in his appearance last year as Marc/Pinkerton in Frontrow Entertainment’s staging of David Henry Hwang’s “M Butterfly” at the Maybank Performing Arts Theater at the Bonifacio Global City (BGC).
“She was in the premiere night of the play and she really enjoyed the whole proceedings. She was very proud of our production,” said Lee who reprises his roles in the nationwide performances of the musical. On February 14, 2019, O’Brian will be in SM Iloilo City Cinema 6 and will play his roles for four days.
According to Lee, his wife plans to watch the show either in Iloilo or in Cebu in March. “It will also be the time for us to take a vacation,” he chuckled.