Shaina Magdayao clarified at her Star Cinema Chat yesterday, April 26, that she has no regrets about growing up in showbiz.
At the grand media launch of the Cinema One and The Philippine Star produced film “Single/Single: Love Is Not Enough” last April 24, lead actress Shaina shared that starring in the series of the same name a few years back allowed her to experience things she wouldn’t have under the circumstances of her upbringing.
“Laging sinasabi na wala akong childhood dahil bata pa lang ako, nagtatrabaho na, pero nag-enjoy ako [sa paggawa ng ‘Single/Single’ seasons one and two] dahil it made me go through what every normal millennial is going through,” she said at the press conference.
She furthered, “Dahil nga nagtatarabaho na 'ko, hindi ko ever napagdaanan ‘yung pizza and wine nights; ‘yung pagkatapos ng trabaho, kakalma lang sila, that’s how they unwind. So I’m grateful na kahit papano na-experience ko ‘yun while doing the series.”
She expounded on her statement in the chat after being asked whether she feels like she missed out on some things because she started working at an early age.
“Kailan ko lang ‘to nasagot - siguro mga four years ago,” she started.
“Naging running joke kasi na wala akong childhood, tapos parang mapaisip ako - ‘Uy, sakit ha. Totoo ‘yun ha, wala talaga akong childhood,’” she continued. “But then I cannot really compare because ito na ‘yung mundo na kinalakihan ko. Kumbaga, namulat ako, nasa show business na ‘ko. And it’s not as if I was given a choice - para siyang isinubo sa ‘kin.”
“So yes, I do believe that it is fate kaya siguro hanggang ngayon nandito pa rin ako,” she said. “I didn’t have to go through any auditions, talagang isinubo siya, pinagawa siya sa ‘kin. I guess ‘yun ‘yung life’s purpose [ko], in a way.”
The 28-year-old actress then revealed that her friends played a big part in making her childhood a happy one contrary to what people may think.
“I am just blessed to be surrounded with non-showbiz people. ‘Yung group namin, ‘yung iba dun, prep pa lang, kaibigan ko na, and I maintain that. I don’t really need a lot of friends, but masasabi ko na quality ‘yung mga kaibigan [ko], ‘yung mga taong nakapaligid sa akin,” she said.
She furthered, “Growing up, hindi ko masyado na-feel na I was missing out because nagte-taping ako pero ‘pag nasa school ako, normal nila ako tinatrato. Walang special treatment. And all the more therapeutic siya for me because I didn’t have to be ‘Shaina the artista,’ I just had to be ‘Shaina the human being,’ ‘yung taong kaibigan nila. I like keeping those people in my life. They keep me sane.”
“Kaya siguro meron man akong na-skip or ‘yun, I missed out on a normal childhood, I had a beautiful, different kind of childhood naman,” she added.
Shaina stars alongside Matteo Guicidelli in the film directed by Veronica “Ronnie” Velasco and Pablo Biglang-awa Jr. “Single/Single: Love Is Not Enough” hits cinemas nationwide this May 2!