Janine Gutierrez is still over the moon with all the good things coming her way.
Aside from being welcomed as the newest Kapamilya, she was also recently awarded as the 2020 Gawad Urian Best Actress for her portrayal in the film “Babae at Baril”.
This win came as a shock to Janine and it really made her feel like her decision of getting into the entertainment industry has finally paid off.
“First ko din magkaroon ng award para sa acting ko. So para ma-recognize ka ng mga critic o ng mga direktor, ang laking bagay, kasi para siyang confirmation na tama ang tinatahak mong landas,” said Janine on “I Feel U” last Sunday, February 7.
One of the first things she did after receiving the award was share the good news to her mom, Lotlot de Leon. “Nung in-announce siya super iyak ako, tapos tinawagan ko ‘yung mommy ko, na nagulat ako kasi mas malalala ‘yung iyak niya kaysa sa akin. Para kang niyakap ng industriya, parang gano’n ‘yung pakiramdam, which is so important din for me.”
Lotlot later joined the interview and expressed how proud she is of her daughter. “Everything that she’s getting now is all because of her hard work.”
She then shared she saw Janine’s potential when she was still a child, as she would often pose with finesse for pictures. “Kung makikita mo ‘yung pictures ni Janine nung bata pa lang, model na ‘yan. Kahit nasa hagdan lang, nasa Santo Niño, or saan man, alam mo ‘yun? Sabi ko, ‘Ay, pwede.’”
But when Janine first told her that she wanted to join showbiz, Lotlot made sure Janine was pursuing the job with all her mind into it, knowing how tough it gets and the amount of pressure that comes with it. “When Janine said, ‘Mom, parang I want to try.' [I said], ‘Are you sure? Are you sure? Are you really, really sure?’”
When she was starting, Janine admitted that she was into acting for the fun and experience. It’s only when she stopped getting offers and became jobless for an entire year that she realized it’s really where her passion is.
“Una ko po talaga siyang naisip when I was in college. Pero at first, just to try it out kasi nandiyan ‘yung pagkakataon, ‘di ba? Ayaw naman natin palampasin ‘yung pagkakataon,” said Janine.
“‘Yung talagang naramdaman ‘yung passion ko, siguro ‘yung wala akong trabaho. There was one time when I was starting, na parang one year akong walang teleserye or walang pelikula, tapos dun ko naramdaman na, oh my gosh, talagang hinahanap-hanap siya nung puso ko. Dun ko talaga na-realize na gusto ko talagang matuto, mapag-aralan, at makapagganap nang maayos sa TV at sa pelikula. Dun ko naramdaman ‘yung gutom na ito talaga ‘yung gusto kong gawin,” she continued.
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