Meet Fil-Am dancing barber on 'Magic Mike Live'

Bev Llorente, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 17 2018 05:27 PM

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LAS VEGAS - From sporting a set of six-pack abs to strutting it off in a sizzling dance routine, Filipino-American Patrick Packing is living up to his dream. He is among 13 male performers blazing the Magic Mike Live stage inside the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Magic Mike Live is a strip-themed spectacular directed by the real Magic Mike himself, Channing Tatum.

“The show is not what you think it is. It's not like hubad, it’s more artistic. It’s more tailored like nicely. This is one of the best jobs that I’ve ever done and still doing. It’s like a good platform for me to exemplify that Filipinos and Asians in general that we are sexy too. We got nice bodies and we can dance,” Packing said.

The 28-year old Fil-Am said it all started with the audition video he sent to the Magic Mike producers. But it was Channing Tatum himself who handpicked him and everything was history.

“It was kinda long, a lot of call backs. I have to come back and wait and come back. From the self-taped to auditioning in front of Channing and everyone. He is a cool guy. I like working with him,” he said.

When he's not dancing in Magic Mike, Packing works as a barber and is proud that dancing and cutting people's hair sustained and paid for his college education.

“I built so many connections. I did cutting and dancing at the same time and I built both very strong and I was able to link them together. When I say dancing barber, I literally mean that,” he said.

He's also proud to be the only Filipino-American in the Magic Mike cast. 

“Representing Filipinos and Asians in general, it’s really cool to be part of an exclusive group especially under Magic Mike,” he said.

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