Carla Humphries opened up for the first time about her life in the United States after leaving the limelight in the Philippines.
The actress shared her story through the Adulting 101 vlog of Michelle Madrigal, who is also now based in Los Angeles, California.
In the video, the former Star Magic artist revealed that she was only planning to stay in LA for only a week when she flew to the U.S.
“It was really tough because I hadn’t really planned on moving to the United States. I was here for a week and my friend had told me, ‘You should totally come to LA.’ And I came here thinking, ‘Tingnan ko nga kung I can live here,'” she recalled.
"I didn’t have any big ideas na I’m going to come here and I’m going to do this, I’m going to do that. I was like, ‘Tingnan ko nga,’ because I feel like everyone in my life has a different stage already, and I felt like I needed to search for myself in another place. And I felt like LA was calling me,” she added.
With the lack of support system during her stay, Carla said that she felt extremely sad and alone at one point.
“Sa totoo lang, I was overwhelmed because I was in a new country, I had no family and friends in Los Angeles,” she shared.
“Mahirap talaga [siya]. You’ll cry a lot. And I moved here alone. No family, no support system… I was alone mentally. Mentally, I was in the Philippines, thinking of the worst, worrying about my family, didn’t know if I should go back or stay here," she said.
Carla also belied the impression that those who move to the U.S. live a comfortable life.
"You need to struggle and hustle,” she stressed.
Comparing her life back here in the country, she shared, “The beautiful thing about the Philippines is you’ll never feel alone. Kahit you’re around strangers, hindi ka magugutom. You always have people ask you how you are."
"Here talaga, it’s like every man for themselves because it’s hard enough to support yourself,” she said.
“So, if you find enough good people who will give a helping hand, then you’re very lucky. But it’s not always the case. And you’ll really grow up here,” she added.
Watch the full vlog here:
Prior to leaving the Philippines, Carla was part of the ABS-CBN teleseryes "Pusong Ligaw," "Nathaniel," and "Bridges of Love," among others.
Her last big-screen outing was in the 2018 romance-drama "The Significant Other" with Erich Gonzales, Tom Rodriguez, and Lovi Poe.
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